In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting.

Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Austrian

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Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.

Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German.

Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself.

In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.

There is no sense to a sacrifice after you come to feel that it is a sacrifice.

The idea of Jewish unity, of a plan, an organization, unfortunately exists only in the brains of Hitler and Streicher.

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.

Only the misfortune of exile can provide the in-depth understanding and the overview into the realities of the world.

One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others.

It would be foolhardy to count on the conscience of the world.

All roads are good, if they lead to justice.

The free, independent spirit who commits himself to no dogma and will not decide in favor of any party has no homestead on earth.

Never can the innate power of a work be hidden or locked away. A work of art can be forgotten by time; it can be forbidden and rejected but the elemental will always prevail over the ephemeral.

Now I am discovering the world once more. England has widened my horizon.