Quotes from The Journal of Hélène Berr

Hélène Berr ·  307 pages

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“Each of us in our own small sphere can do something. And we can, we must.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“This book made me feel strangely awkward, because I'm afraid of finding my own story in it. I take books too seriously.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“It's a wonderful, inspiring feeling to have real friends who love and understand you. I have never had that feeling before.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“There is beauty in the midst of tragedy. As if beauty were condensing in the heart of ugliness. It's very strange.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“What will become of me? I do not know where am I going or what tomorrow will bring.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr



“I really don't know what's happened to me, but I have changed from top to toe. I am living in a strange mixture of memories of yesterday and today.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“What people need in order to write is an observant spirit and a broad mind.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“The impression that what is extraordinary is real, and that the real is the extraordinary.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“Now that everybody thinks he looks a little Slavic, it annoys me. I don't want that to be the reason I find him charming. I found him charming for no reason, because he is who he is.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“There can be no deeper despair, no pain less easy to assuage, than losing a husband when you are young.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr



“It seemed to me that I was suddenly in the presence of incosolable, unavoidable, and immense pain.

The thought of that death hunted me and turned everything else into nothing.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“...For I do now know that it is cowardly. We do not have the right to think only of poetry on this earth. It is magical, but utterly selfish.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


“And then there is pride. I do not want any part of it. The idea that you can write for other people, so as to be praised by them, horrifies me. Maybe there is also the feeling that "other people" won't understand you completely, that they make you dirty and mutilate you, and that you let yourself be cheapened like mere merchandise.”
― Hélène Berr, quote from The Journal of Hélène Berr


About the author

Hélène Berr
Born place: in Paris, France
Born date March 27, 1921
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