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Hope and Memory: Reflections on the Twentieth Century (2003)
- We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found.
- Democracy brought to others through the barrel of a gun is not democracy.
- People who believe themselves to be the incarnation of good have a distorted view of the world.
- For evil to take place, the acts of a few people are not sufficient; the great majority also has to remain indifferent. That is something of which we are all quite capable.
"Reading as Construction", as translated from French by Marilyn A. August
- Nothing is more commonplace than the reading experience, and yet nothing is more unknown. Reading is such a matter of course that at first glance it seems there is nothing to say about it.
The New World Disorder: Reflections of a European (2005)
- American society has always exercised a stronger pressure on individual behavior than Western European societies; but in time of war this pressure is notched a few degrees, and starts to become quite alarming.