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.

Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Austrian

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

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.

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.

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

How terrible this darkness was, how bewildering, and yet mysteriously beautiful!

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

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

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

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

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

When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.

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

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

Often the presence of mind and energy of a person remote from the spotlight decide the course of history for centuries to come.