111 Total Quotes

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Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness
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#Generosity

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Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
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#Russian Novelist #Government

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It is true, I deny the incomprehensible Trinity, and the fable regarding the fall of man, which is absurd in our day. It is true, I deny the sacrilegious story of a God born of a virgin to redeem the race.
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#God

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Woman, you see, is an object of such a kind that study it as much as you will, it is always quite new.
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#Men And Women

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Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars
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#Christianity

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Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.
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#Body

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Conceit is incompatible with understanding
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#Conceit

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The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
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#Humanity #Russian Novelist

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All governments are in equal measure good and evil. The best ideal is anarchy.
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#Anarchy

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If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food.
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#Abstinence

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True science investigates and brings to human perception such truths and such knowledge as the people of a given time and society consider most important. Art transmits these truths from the region of perception.
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#Knowledge

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Before we can study the central issues of life today, we must destroy the prejudices and fallacies born of previous centuries
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#Life

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The educated minority, although no longer believing in the existing religious teaching, still pretend to believe
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#Belief

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The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits.
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#Russian Novelist

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In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful
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#Government

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We have become so accustomed to the religious lie that surrounds us that we do not notice the atrocity, stupidity and cruelty with which the teaching of the Christian church is permeated
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#Religious

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Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
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#Russian Novelist #Abnormal

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The anarchists are right in everything; in the negation of the existing order, and in the assertion that, without authority, there could not be worse violence than that of authority under existing conditions. They are mistaken only in thinking that a
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#Authority

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The time is fast approaching when to call a man a patriot will be the deepest insult you can offer him. Patriotism now means advocating plunder in the interest of the privileged classes of the particular State system into which we have happened to be born.
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#Man

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Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
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#Russian Novelist #Historians

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The Christian churches and Christianity have nothing in common save in name: they are utterly hostile opposites. The churches are arrogance, violence, usurpation, rigidity, death; Christianity is humility, penitence, submissiveness, progress, life.
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#Christianity

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Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it.
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#Lies And Lying

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Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.
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#Vengeance

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To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business.
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#Business

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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#Russian Novelist

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The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.
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#Force