Primo Levi is famous for writing essays, short stories and novels. In his early days he went through many hardships for being a Jew in the German occupied Northern Italy. He had also been imprisoned in the infamous Concentration Camps and was lucky enough to escape. Although he was good at academics he couldn’t find a job due to his ethnicity and went on to work in a mine which gave him the time to cherish his writing career. ‘If This Is a Man’ was his first book which recorded his experiences at the concentration camp. It was originally titled as ‘Se questo è un uomo’ and was translated into English and German. This book although faced some challenges in the early days but went on to become an enormous hit. This encouraged him to further write many novels and the most notable one was ‘The Wrench’ which was honored by the ‘Strega Prize’. Here is a compilation of thoughts and quotations by Primo Levi which have been excerpted from his work, books, essays, writings and thoughts. Go through these quotes by Primo Levi which reflects his pains, miseries and positive approach towards life.
I am persuaded that normal human beings are biologically built for an activity that is aimed toward a goal and that idleness, or aimless work (like Auschwitz's Arbeit), gives rise to suffering and to atrophy.