To tell the truth is the same as to be a good tailor, or to be a good farmer, or to write beautifully. To be good at any activity requires practice: no matter how hard you try, you cannot do naturally what you have not done repeatedly. In order to get accustomed to speaking the truth, you should tell only the truth, even in the smallest of things.
Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself.
If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.
A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.
The religious superstition is encouraged by means of the institution of churches, processions, monuments, festivities….The so-called clergy stupefy the masses….They befog the people and keep them in an eternal condition of stupefaction.
The idea shared by many that life is a vale of tears is just as false as the idea shared by the great majority, the idea to which youth and health and riches incline you, that life is a place of entertainment.
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
There is only one time that is important — NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.
There are two different states of human existence: first, to live without thinking of death; second, to live with the thought that you approach death with every hour of your life.
The greatest truth is the most simple one.
In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
Topics: Greatness, Greatness & Great Things
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
There is one evident, indubitable manifestation of the Divinity, and that is the laws of right which are made known to the world through Revelation.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian Novelist
- Anton Chekhov Russian Short Story Writer
- Maxim Gorky Russian Writer
- Vladimir Nabokov Russian-born American Novelist
- Nikita Khrushchev Russian Head of State
- Anna Pavlova Russian Dancer
- Constantin Stanislavski Russian Actor
- Nikolai Berdyaev Russian Christian Philosopher
- Catherine II of Russia Russian Empress
- Sophie Swetchine Russian Christian Mystic