“….every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place….” // Etty Hillesum

By | 18th January 2018

“I know that those who hate have good reason to do so. But why should we always have to choose the cheapest and easiest way? It has been brought home forcibly to me here how every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place….

I see no other solution. I really see no other solution than to turn inward and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we have first changed ourselves….

….it is the only thing we can do….I see no alternative: each of us must turn inward and destroy in himself all that he thinks he ought to destroy in others.”

— Etty Hillesum (quoted by Patrick Woodhouse in “Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed”)

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