Many contemporary authors drink more than they write
Only mothers can think of the future, because they give birth to it in their children.
Every new time will give its law.
One has to be able to count if only so that at fifty one doesn’t marry a girl of twenty.
The intelligentsia …was kept busy embroidering white stitches on the philosophical and ecclesiastical vestments of the bourgeoisie – that old and filthy fabric besmeared with the blood of toiling masses.
When work is a pleasure, life is joy. When work is a duty, life is slavery.
We kill everybody, my dear. Some with bullets, some with words, and everybody with our deeds. We drive people into their graves, and neither see it nor feel it.
It is quiet here and restful and the air is delicious. There are gardens everywhere and police spies lie in the bushes. There are nightingales in every garden, but police spies only in mine, I think. They sit under my windows in the darkness of the night and try to get a glimpse of how I spread sedition in Russia.
Topics: Authors & Writing
A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.
The Englishman walks before the law like a trained horse in a circus. He has the sense of legality in his bones, in his muscles.
You can’t do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know.
Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That’s why we want to be considerate of every man—Who knows what’s in him, why he was born and what he can do?
Topics: Aspirations, Hope, Optimism
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
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