"The definition of being a modern person is to examine yourself, to reflect on yourself and to be a self-knowledgeable person."
"Celan’s poetry is essential. He taught me what it meant to be an orphan, what it meant to be a poet in times such as his, in a labor camp, so that no matter what was done to him, still he was able to write poetry. He gave me the dimensions of the human soul, and that’s what I needed to know. That’s the way I want to see human beings. He taught me that life does not have only one side; it has many aspects. And, if you really look carefully, the opposite experience is embedded in what you see on the surface."