Fear, like love, is difficult to explain after it has subsided, probably because it draws away the veils of illusion as it disappears.
The concentration camp is the final expression of human separateness and its ultimate consequence. It is organized abandonment.
An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.
Without alienation, there can be no politics.
The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.
The job is to ask questions–it always was–and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.
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