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Snippets of Serbian literature 2

Updated: May 6, 2021

“One shouldn't be afraid of the humans. Well, I am not afraid of the humans, but of what is inhumane in them.”

“ In between the fear that something might happen and the hope that yet it wouldn't, there is much more room than one would dare to think . Many of us spend their lives in that narrow, hard, barren, dark space.”

“Out of everything that man builds and puts up in his urge to live, nothing in my view is better and more precious than are bridges. They are more important than houses, more sacred than shrines. They belong to everyone and are equal to everyone, useful, always built with the meaning attached to them, in the place where many a human need to cross; they are more long lasting than other buildings and they do not serve any secret or vile purpose.”

If people knew how little does intellect rule the world, they would die with fear.

What does your sorrow do while you are asleep? -It’s awake and waiting. And when it loses patience, it awakes me

There comes a time when Man finds themselves before a dark abyss they cannot seem to cross, which they themselves have spent years digging up. He cannot move forward, and there is no way back. Words have failed, tears won't be of any help, and who would they call out to? They cannot even recall their own name. Then the person realizes that on this God's green earth there is but one true suffering: the torment of jabs of conscience.

All extracts are from books written by Ivo Andric (1892 – 1975) a Serbian Nobel Prize Winner for the book The Bridge on the Drina

adapted and submitted by Natasha from Angloland

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