2017 Letters

 

Listen to the Voices

My advice is: "Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has

to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the

beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy."​

--Anne Frank, “The Diary of a Young Girl”

 

Prophet

Thus it would seem that any effort to replace brute force by the might of an ideal is, under present conditions, doomed to fail. Our

logic is at fault if we ignore the fact that right is founded on brute force and even today needs violence to maintain it. ​

――Sigmund Freud, Letter to Einstein

 

Starry Night

So, whenever I am feeling heartsick and oppressed and jaded and sad those memories return to freshen and revive me, even as drops of evening dew return to freshen and revive, after a sultry day, the poor faded flower which has long been drooping in the noontide heat. ​

-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Poor Folk

Messenger

The very right to live accrues to us only when we do the duty of citizenship of the world.​

--Mahatma Gandhi, letter to Julian Huxley