One suddenly realizes that it is not enough to be an able politician or a talented artist. In the most extreme distress, life demands quite other things. — Etty HillesumOrdinary life, too, demands quite other things. Success is not enough.
Oh please let me be, there have to be people like me, too. My realities may be different from what most people call reality, but still they are realities. — Etty HillesumSo I understand your retiring, and I admire you for it.
We have embraced a new reality and everything has taken on new colours and new emphases. And between our eyes and hands and mouths there now flows a constant stream of tenderness, a stream in which all petty desires seem to have been extinguished. All that matters now is to be kind to each other with all the goodness that is in us. And every encounter is also a farewell.
There is only one way of preparing the new age, by living it even now in our hearts.
I have no right to lay down conditions
— Etty Hillesum
May I please share with you A Page from Etty Hillesum's Diary ?