Book Quote: The Librarian of Auschwitz

Books don’t cure illnesses; they don’t fill your stomach or quench your thirst. It’s true: Culture isn’t necessary for the survival of mankind; for that, you only need bread and water. It’s also true that with bread to eat and water to drink, humans survive; but with only this, humanity dies. If human beings aren’t deeply moved by beauty, if they don’t close their eyes and activate their imaginations, if they aren’t capable of asking themselves questions and discerning the limits of their ignorance, then they are men or women, but they are not a complete person.

Antonio Iturbe

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