When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.

When I miss class for one day, I know it.

When I miss class for two days, my teacher knows it. When I miss class for three days, the audience knows it.

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

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.

Great Britain provided time; the United States provided money and Soviet Russia provided blood.

Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down.

 image quote by Ayn Rand

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

This creature softened my heart of stone.

She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity.

When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.

The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison.

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.

When there's a person, there's a problem. When there's no person, there's no problem. Josef Stalin

 image quote by Leo Tolstoy

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Destiny may ride with us today, but there is no reason for it to interfere with lunch.

There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism - by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

The only real power comes out of a long rifle.

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

 image quote by Leo Tolstoy

Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.

The press is our chief ideological weapon.

The life of a character should be an unbroken line of events and emotions, but a play only gives us a few moments on that line - we must create the rest to portray a convincing life.

Soldiers' bellies are not satisfied with empty promises and hopes.

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.

I believe in one thing only, the power of human will.

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man .

.. just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

 image quote by Ayn Rand

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

I can prophecy that your grandchildren in America will live under socialism -- Our firm conviction is that sooner or later Capitalism will give way to Socialism. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.

The United States will eventually fly the Communist red flag…The American people will hoist it themselves.

Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it.

It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.

 image quote by Leo Tolstoy

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

Happiness is that you have three things: something you do, something you love, and something you aspire to.

If the truth shall kill them, let them die.

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.

You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness.

People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.

It's better to be hanged for loyalty than be rewarded for betrayal.

 image quote by Leo Tolstoy

We are asleep until we fall in love

When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!

Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing - all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art - at the door.

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself.

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.

Looking at the earth from afar you realize it is too small for conflict and just big enough for co-operation.

 image quote by Rosa Luxemburg

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement.

If you are a Christian, you are in danger.

If you decided to abandon your faith and become an atheist, you also are to be liquidated according to their concept. You are in danger if you decide to become a Muslim. It is not going to save you anyway because they believe traditional Islam is hostile to their goals.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!

 image quote by Tchaikovsky

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.

I trust no one, not even myself.

Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.