Without free self-respecting and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace that is peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state there can be no guarantee of external peace.
When a truth is not given complete freedom freedom is not complete.
The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart in the human power to reflect in human meekness and human responsibility.
The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning – in other words of absurdity – the more energetically meaning is sought.
The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing and often paradoxically it is literature that suffers for it.
Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren’t in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.
It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs you also remember the age kindly.
I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
Hope is a state of mind not of the world. Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy that things are going well or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.