To be a human among human beings, and remain one forever, no matter what misfortunes befall, not to become depressed, and not to falter – this is what life is, herein lies its task.[Подле меня будут люди, и быть человеком между людьми и остаться им навсегда, в каких бы то ни было несчастьях, не уныть и не пасть – вот в чем жизнь, в чем задача ее.]
We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.
Three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work.
While in the life of the human race the mythical is an early and primitive stage, in the life of the individual it is a late and mature one.
We are not mad. We are human. We want to love, and someone must forgive us for the paths we take to love, for the paths are many and dark, and we are ardent and cruel in our journey.
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.[Der wahre Wert eines Menschen ist in erster Linie dadurch bestimmt, in welchem Grad und in welchem Sinn er zur Befreiung vom Ich gelangt ist.]