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Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

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All that is thought should not be said, all that is said should not be written, all that is written should not be published, and all that is published should not be read.
As quoted in Triumph of Survival : The Story of the Jews in the Modern Era 1650-1995? (1993) by Berel Wein, p. 96

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