The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
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.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.
Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.
For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
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.
A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.
The name of 'reform' simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.
For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
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