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Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me to live. Alexander Herzen#Life 122
Alexander Herzen#Life 122
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. Alexander Herzen#Ideology 70
Alexander Herzen#Ideology 70
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. Alexander Herzen#Assumptions 69
Alexander Herzen#Assumptions 69
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. Alexander Herzen#Expectation 62
Alexander Herzen#Expectation 62
Slavery is the first step towards civilization. In order to develop it is necessary that things should be much better for some and much worse for others, then those who are better off can develop at the expense of others. Alexander Herzen#Slavery 58
Alexander Herzen#Slavery 58
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. Alexander Herzen#Reform 57
Alexander Herzen#Reform 57
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. Alexander Herzen#Religion 56
Alexander Herzen#Religion 56
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. Alexander Herzen#Revolution 50
Alexander Herzen#Revolution 50
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. Alexander Herzen#Modern 48
Alexander Herzen#Modern 48
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. Alexander Herzen#Body 47
Alexander Herzen#Body 47
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