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Etty Hillesum

Datum narození: 15. leden 1914
Datum úmrtí: 30. listopad 1943

Esther Hillesum byla Židovka, která ve svých dopisech a denících popsala život v Amsterdamu během nacistické okupace.


„Pokud máte dostatek energie pro malé věci v životě, pak si ji máte také pro velké věci.“

„Vědění je síla, ale moudrost sama je svoboda.“


„Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.“

„Become simple and live simply, not only within yourself but also in your everyday dealings. Don’t make ripples all around you, don’t try to be interesting, keep your distance, be honest, fight the desire to be thought fascinating by the outside world.“

„Sometimes my day is crammed full of people and talk and yet I have the feeling of living in utter peace and quiet. And the tree outside my window, in the evenings, is a greater experience than all those people put together.“

„Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.“

„Despite everything, life is full of beauty and meaning.“ Lettres De Westerbork

„Each of us must turn inward and destroy in himself all that he thinks he ought to destroy in others.“


„I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one’s inner life. And that too is a deed.“

„I know and share the many sorrows a human being can experience, but I do not cling to them; they pass through me, like life itself, as a broad eternal stream... and life continues...“

„I don’t want to be anything special. I only want to try to be true to that in me which seeks to fulfill its promise.“ An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943; and Letters from Westerbork

„I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned.“ Lettres De Westerbork


„Sometimes I long for a convent cell, with the sublime wisdom of centuries set out on bookshelves all along the wall and a view across the cornfields--there must be cornfields and they must wave in the breeze--and there I would immerse myself in the wisdom of the ages and in myself. Then I might perhaps find peace and clarity. But that would be no great feat. It is right here, in this very place, in the here and the now, that I must find them.“ An Interrupted Life

„We have to fight them daily, lake fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies.“

„One must also accept that one has 'uncreative' moments. The more honestly one can accept that, the quicker these moments will pass.“

„Slowly but surely I have been soaking Rilke up these last few months: the man, his work and his life. And that is probably the only right way with literature, with study, with people or with anything else: to let it all soak in, to let it all mature slowly inside you until it has become a part of yourself. That, too, is a growing process. Everything is a growing process. And in between, emotions and sensations that strike you like lightning. But still the most important thing is the organic process of growing.“ An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943; and Letters from Westerbork

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