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Governments, like docks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined also. Therefore governments depend upon men rather then men upon governments.

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Dec 07, 2021

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About Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון, July 17, 1888 - February 17, 1970) was a Hebrew nobel prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. His works are published in English under the name S. Y. Agnon (Hebrew: ש"י עגנון, pronounced "Shai Agnon").

Agnon was born in Galicia, later immigrated as a Zionist to Ottoman Palestine, and died in Jerusalem. His works deal with the conflict between the traditional Jewish life and language and the modern world. They also attempt to recapture the fading traditions of the European shtetl (village). In a wider context, he also contributed to the narrator's character in modern literature. Agnon was awarded the nobel prize jointly with poet Nelly Sachs in 1966.

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