Stefan Zweig

Austria
28 Nov 1881 // 23 Feb 1942
Writer

Quotes



Memory is so corrupt that you remember only what you want to; if you want to forget about something, slowly but surely you do.
Soul is made of stuff so mysteriously elastic that a single event can make it big enough to contain the infinite.
There is nothing more vindictive, nothing more underhanded, than a little world that would like to be a big one.
Thereís an inherent limit to the stress that any material can bear. Water has its boiling point, metals their melting points. The elements of the spirit behave the same way. Happiness can reach a pitch so great that any further happiness canít be felt. Pain, despair, humiliation, disgust, and fear are no different. Once the vessel is full, the world canít add to it.
Maybe everythingís not so hard, maybe life is so much easier than I thought, you just need courage, you just need to have a sense of yourself, then youíll discover your hidden resources.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays