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.
It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.
Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness.