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"There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them."

"Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another."

"The act of writing is for me often nothing more than the secret or concious 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."

"Some stories are true that never happened."

"Not to transmit an experience is to betray it."

"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."

"I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table."

"In Jewish history there are no coincidences."

"We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else."

"I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason."

"Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil."

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."

"No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night."

"Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair."

"A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent."

"Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings."

"Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other."

"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."

"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercies over himself."

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."

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