Stefan Zweig, 28.11.1981 - 23.02.1942
“Before leaving life on my own behalf and clear-headed, I feel the need to complete a final task: send profound thanks to Brazil, this wonderful country which gave such a friendly and hospitable rest to me and my work. Day after day I learned to love it more and nowhere else I would have preferred to build a new life now that the world of my language has disappeared for me and that my spiritual land, Europe, has self destroyed.
But at the age of sixty one should have unique strengths to start one’s life over again.
And mine are exhausted by the long years of wandering. So I think it is better to end on time, and head up high, an existence in which intellectual work has always been the purest joy and personal freedom the highest good of this world.
I greet all my friends. May they still see the dawn after the long night!
I AM TOO IMPATIENT, I GO BEFORE THEM. “