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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.
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.

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.
The aims of life are the best defense against death.
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 . . .
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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