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- What pains and hurts me most is the simultaneity of events. While we seat here and discuss how to behave morally, both individually and collectively, over there, in Darfur…human beings kill and die. Should the Sudanese victims feel abandoned and neglected, it would be our fault – and perhaps our guilt. That’s why we must intervene. If we do, our children and their children will be grateful for us. As will be, through them, our own.
- Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
- I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. And anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
- I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
- I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
- I rarely speak about God. To God, yes. I protest against Him. I shout at Him. But to open a discourse about the qualities of God, about the problems that God imposes, theodicy, no. And yet He is there, in silence, in filigree.
- Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
- Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
- Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
- The act of writing is for me often nothing more than the secret or conscious desire to carve words on a tombstone: to the memory of a town forever vanished, to the memory of a childhood in exile, to the memory of all those I loved and who, before I could tell them I loved them, went away.
- There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
- To live through a catastrophe is bad; to forget it is worse.
- Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercizes over himself.
- We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.
- What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.
- You shall know that no one is illegal. It is a contradiction in itself. People can be beautiful or even more beautiful. They may be just or unjust. But illegal? How can someone be illegal?