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  • And happiness...Well, after all, desires torment us, don't they? And, clearly, happiness is when there are no more desires, not one...What a mistake, what ridiculous prejudice it's been to have marked happiness always with a plus sign. Absolute happiness should, of course, carry a minus sign - the divine minus.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • We comes from God, I from the Devil.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • During the first firing a dozen or so numbers from the dock neglected to get out of the way - nothing remained of them except some crumbs and soot.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • What is it to you if I don't want others to want for me, if I want to want myself - if I want the impossible...
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • Everyone has to go mad, it's essential fir everyone to go mad - as soon as possible! It's essential - I know.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")


  • You are afraid of it because it is stronger than you; you hate it because you are afraid of it; you love it because you cannot subdue it to your will. Only the unsubduable can be loved.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • Her smile was a bite, and I was its target.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • You're in a bad way! Apparently, you have developed a soul.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • Here I saw, with my own eyes, that laughter was the most terrible weapon: you can kill anything with laughter - even murder itself.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • I looked silently at her lips. All women are lips, all lips. Some are pink and firmly round: a ring, a tender guardrail from the whole world. And then there are these ones: a second ago they weren't here, and just now - like a knife-slit - they are here, still dripping sweet blood.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • If human foolishness had been as carefully nurtured and cultivated as intelligence has been for centuries, perhaps it would have turned into something extremely precious.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • Man is like a novel: up to the last page one does not know what the end will be. It would not be worth reading otherwise...
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • Now I no longer live in our clear, rational world; I live in the ancient nightmare world, the world of square roots of minus one.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • Shutting me eyes, I dreamed in formulas.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")

  • The only means of ridding man of crime is ridding him of freedom.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")


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