Quotes of Alexander Herzen

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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? ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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! ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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! ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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! ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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

“ 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

“ 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! ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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! ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ This socialism will develop in all its phases until it reaches its own extremes and absurdities. Then once again a cry of denial will break from the titanic chest of the revolutionary minority and again a mortal struggle will begin, in which socialism will play the role of contemporary conservatism and will be overwhelmed in the subsequent revolution, as yet unknown to us. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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

“ Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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

“ 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. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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. ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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… ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ 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. ”

- Alexander Herzen
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