The poet takes the best things out of his life and puts them into his work. Hence his work is beautiful and his life bad.
There are two methods of human activity -- and according to which one of these two kinds of activity people mainly follow, there are two kinds of people. One use their reason to learn what is good and what is bad and they act according to this knowle
There are people who when they meet a rival, no matter in what, at once shut their eyes to everything good in him and see only the bad. There are others who on the contrary try to discern in a lucky rival the qualities that have enabled him to succe
Moral perfection is beyond reach but this is the law of human life
I have learned that every man lives not through care of himself, but by love.
If you are content with the old world, try to preserve it, it is very sick and cannot hold out much longer. But if you cannot bear to live in everlasting dissonance between your beliefs and your life, thinking one thing and doing another, get out of
He was nine years old and quite a child, but he knew his soul, it was dear to him, and he guarded it as the eyelid guards the eye, and never let anyone enter his heart without the key of love.
Laws are rules, made by people who govern by means of organized violence, for non-compliance with which the non-complier is subjected to blows, to loss of liberty, or even to being murdered.
Laws are rules established by men who are in control of organized violence for the non fulfillment of which those who do not fulfill them are subjected to personal injuries, the loss of liberty, and even capital punishment.
Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life.
Was it by reason that I attained the knowledge that I must love my neighbour and not throttle him? They told me so when I was a child, and I gladly believed it, because they told me what was already in my soul. But who discovered it? Not reason!
We will do almost anything for the poor man, anything but get off his back
Without knowing why I am and why I am here, life is impossible.
What an immense mass of evil must result...from allowing men to assume the right of anticipating what may happen.
Ivan Ilyich's life was most simple, and most ordinary, and therefore most terrible.
The more everybody lives, the more life reveals to him; what was unknown becomes known.
Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.
There was no answer except the usual answer life gives to the most complicated and insoluble questions. This answer is: carry on with your everyday affairs, that is to say, put it out of your mind.
I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders.
If there is no higher reason--and there is none--then my own reason must be the supreme judge of my life
In this definition is contained the answer to the question as to what gives men the power to establish laws. What gives them the power to establish laws is the same thing which secures obedience to them - organized violence.
And all people live, not by reason of any care they have for themselves,but by the love for them that is in other people.
The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes