When things are too clear, they are no longer interesting.
History is too slow for our life, for our hearts.
human beings are better and lazier than their rules and instructions.
People can live through hardship, but from hard feelings they perish.
Not death itself, but only the moral preparation for it, holds terrors.
If there were no executioners, there would be no executions.
We are so attached to the earth, and yet we are incapable of holding onto it.
An engineer cannot participate in irrationality.
To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.
I insist on believing that beauty elevates human beings.
When you're young, you haven't the experience, when you're old you haven't the strength.
We will die, but art will remain.
What a force is laughter.
Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
There is eternal simplicity to a solution once it has been discovered!
But nothing is all black in nature.
The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
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.
Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.
Freedom meant one thing to him- home. But they wouldn't let him go home.
If state, party and social policy will not be based on morality, then mankind has no future to speak of tenth.
A society which is based on the letter of the law and never reaches any higher is taking very scarce advantage of the high range of human possibilities.
Art isn't a matter of 'what' but of 'how'
The solemn pledge to abstain from telling the truth was called socialist realism.
If you live in a graveyard, you can't weep for everyone.
If a person can build a fence around himself, he is bound to do it.
Just as King Midas turned everything to gold, Stalin turned everything to mediocrity.
it's only on a black day that you begin to have friends.
Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.
Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.
Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words… By means of art were are sometimes sent - dimly, briefly - revelations unattainable by reason.
Skepticism can never provide firm ground under a man's feet. And perhaps, after all, we need firm ground.
Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good.
Voting for impersonal parties and their programmes is a false substitute for the only true way to elect people's representatives: voting by an actual person for an actual candidate.
One world, one mankind cannot exist in the face of six, four or even two scales of values: We shall be torn apart by this disparity of rhythm, this disparity of vibrations.
Economic growth is not only unncessary, but ruinous.
Human nature, if it changes at all, changes not much faster than the geological face of the earth.
People who are at ease with their consciences always look happy.
A drop in the ocean has no fear of a hurricane.