Alexander Herzen

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Alexander Herzen

Alexander Herzen

We could hardly believe that after so many ordeals, after all the trials of modern skepticism, there was still so much left in our souls to destroy.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A generation which has passed through the shop has absorbed standards and ambitions which are not of those of spaciousness, and cannot get away from them. Everything with them is done as though for sale, and they naturally have in view the greatest possible benefit, profit and that end of the stuff that will make the best show.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me to live.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically -- while simulating a triumphant march forward -- than it is done by the two English Houses of Parliament?More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If nations always moved from one set of furnished rooms to another -- and always into a better set -- things might be easier, but the trouble is that there is no one to prepare the new rooms. The future is worse than the ocean -- there is nothing there. It will be what men and circumstances make it.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Science, which cuts its way through the muddy pond of daily life without mingling with it, casts its wealth to right and left, but the puny boatmen do not know how to fish for it.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former -- of the corruption of the will.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Unaware of the absurdity of it, we introduce our own petty household rules into the economy of the universe for which the life of generations, peoples, of entire planets, has no importance in relation to the general development.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Education at school continues what has been done at home: it crystallizes the optical illusion, consolidates it with book learning, theoretically legitimizes the traditional trash and trains the children to know without understanding and to accept denominations for definitions. Astray in his conceptions, entangled in words, man loses the flair for truth, the taste for nature. What a powerful intellect must you possess, to be suspicious of this moral carbon dioxide and with your head swimming already, to hurl yourself out of it into the fresh air, with which, into the bargain, everyone round is trying to scare you!More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every man who has lived for fifty years has buried a whole world or even two; he has grown used to its disappearance and accustomed to the new scenery of another act: but suddenly the names and faces of a time long dead appear more and more often on his way, calling up series of shades and pictures kept somewhere, just in case, in the endless catacombs of the memory, making him smile or sigh, and sometimes almost weep.More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!More Alexander Herzen [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it, will have its influence and its place, just as our body will pass into the composition of grass, of sheep, of cutlets, and of men.More Alexander Herzen [07/10/2011 01:07:17]
Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood.More Alexander Herzen [07/10/2011 01:07:30]
It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.More Alexander Herzen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.More Alexander Herzen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!More Alexander Herzen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.More Alexander Herzen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations.More Alexander Herzen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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