"The classics are books which, upon reading, we find even fresher, more unexpected, and more marvellous than we had thought from hearing about them." Italo Calvino
This author has written so much about the truth of classics, he hits the point with this quote again.
"Whenever a party tells you national identity matters more than anything else in politics, that nationalism can sort out all the other problems, then watch out, because you’re on a road that can end with fascism." C.J. Sansom in "Dominion"
There are still people around who believe they are something special because they are born in a certain country, with a certain skin colour, into a certain society or religion ..., which is something totally random and nothing we can do about or have "earned". That always sounds very suspicious to me because I know where it once led my country.
"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. Use your memory! Use your memory! It is those bitter seeds alone which might sprout and grow someday." Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
I guess he knew exactly what he was talking about. They put him in places where most people wouldn't survive for a week but he knew what he knew and what they couldn't take away from him.
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