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Primo Levi
(1919-1987) born on
Jul 31
Italian-Jewish writer, chemist. He was noted for his restrained and moving autobiographical account of and reflections on survival in the Nazi concentration camps.
         
   
F
To accuse another of having weak kidneys, lungs, or heart, is not a crime; on the contrary, saying he has a weak brain is a crime.

R
Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument.... The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.
A
The aims of life are the best defense against death.
N
The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung . . .
K
The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken... by retirement in the case of a trade or profession.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Other People's Trades," "The Irritable Chess-players," 1985; tr. 1989.
R: "The Drowned and the Saved," ch. 1, 1988.
A: "The Drowned and the Saved," ch. 6, 1988.
N: "Other People's Trades," "Butterflies," 1985; tr. 1989.
K: "Other People's Trades," "Ex-Chemist," 1985; tr. 1989.
   


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