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    It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    God grants an easy death only to the just.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: death  god 
     
    History is a stern judge.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    Go to meet destiny halfway and destiny will come to your assistance.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    A sense of religion is something one is born with, like a musical ear. One can develop it, cultivate it, enrich it, but if one hasn't got its seed to begin with, no powers of the intellect, no sophistication of 'evidence' can awaken it.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: power 
     
    Moscow seethes and bubbles and gasps for air. It's always thirsting for something new, the newest events, the latest sensation. Everyone wants to be the first to know. It's the rhythm of life today.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    On, those ever-changing moods of Moscow! How swiftly they go from black to white, from one extreme to another, from friendship to accusations, from adoration to hatred, from the permissive 'da' to that annihilating 'nyet.' Those eternal swings from a thaw to a freeze, whims that disregard their own rules, norms, and regulations!
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    Everything on our tormented earth that is alive and breathes, that blossoms and bears fruit, lives only by virtue of and in the name of Truth and Good.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: truth  live  earth  virtue 
     
    I like old people, just as I like old trees: in their shadow there is freshness and peace, one admires them, and around them everything is so calm.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: peace  people 
     
    all large cities are alike at night.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: night 
     
    The melody of a religious feeling is the music of life itself. To those who do not hear it I could not explain what it sounds like ... If the spark isn't smoldering somewhere inside one, no efforts can ever bring it into existence. Water cannot catch fire.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    It became clear to the whole world that a totalitarian regime could neither accuse nor transform itself: suicide was not in its nature, it could only kill others.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: nature  world  suicide 
     
    Why did Americans smile so often? Was it out of politeness or because of a gay disposition? Whatever it was, I for one had never been spoiled with smiles. I found it very pleasant! ... I was beginning to understand that with Americans smiling was, as with healthy infants, a natural need. And my reaction was to respond in the same way.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: smile  healthy  gay  american 
     
    Moscow, breathing fire like a human volcano with its smoldering lava of passion, ambition and politics, its hurly-burly of meetings and entertainment, Moscow is less than twenty miles away. It's always thirsting for something new, the newest events, the latest sensation.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    Nowhere have I found words more powerful than those in the Psalms. Their fervid poetry cleanses one, gives one strength, brings hope in moments of darkness. Makes one look critically into oneself, convict oneself, and wash one's heart clean with one's own tears. It is the ever-burning fire of love, of gratitude, humility, and truth.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    As a result of half a century of Soviet rule people have been weaned from a belief in human kindness.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: belief  people  kindness  human  rules 
     
    He suddenly opened his eyes and looked at everyone in the room. It was a terrible gaze, mad or maybe furious and full of fear of death... Then something incomprehensible and frightening happened. ... He suddenly lifted his left hand as though he were pointing to something above and bringing down a curse on us all. ... The next moment, after a final effort, the spirit wrenched itself free of the flesh.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: death  fear  moment  eyes  spirit 
     
    When you have once gained sight, it is impossible to feign blindness.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: impossible 
     
    For twenty-seven years I was witness to the spiritual deterioration of my own father, watching day after day how everything human in him left him and how gradually he turned into a grim monument to his own self.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: self  human  spiritual  father  year 
     
    The one good thing about not seeing you is that I can write you letters.
    — Svetlana Alliluyeva
    tags: seeing  write 
     
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