“There is no rationality in the Nazi hatred: it is hate that is not in us, it is outside of man… We cannot understand it, but we must understand from where it springs, and we must be on our guard. If understanding is impossible, knowing is imperative, because what happened could happen again.”
– Primo Levi, If This is a Man 1947

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
– John Adams, letter to John Taylor, 1814