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

Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Austrian

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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