A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste
The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.
When you're cold, don't expect sympathy from someone who's warm.
Work was like a stick. It had two ends. When you worked for the knowing you gave them quality; when you worked for a fool you simply gave him eyewash.
Yes, you live with your feet in the mud and there's no time to be thinking about how you got in or how you're going to get out.
You should rejoice that you're in prison. Here you have time to think about your soul.
The central government possesses no plan of finding the way out of this blind alley.
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.
History has in different questions laid out some tremendous turnabouts and curves.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Russians are exiting from communism in a most unfortunate and awkward way.
That which is called humanism, but what would be more correctly called irreligious anthropocentrism, cannot yield answers to the most essential questions of our life.
I cannot suggest political ways out, that is the task of politicians, so it is simply that those who accuse me of this do not know how to read.
It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.
The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.
Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms. In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at any point has declared a coherent programme.
Today when we say the West we are already referring to the West and to Russia. We could use the word "modernity" if we exclude Africa, and the Islamic world, and partially China.
Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
The demands of internal growth are incomparably more important to us... than the need for any external expansion of our power.
There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.
I have not painted the dark reality in rose-tinted shades but I do include a clear way, a search for something brighter, some way out - most importantly in the spiritual sense.
Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.
Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.
You can have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in you power.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.
I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever.
Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.
The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.
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