You could cover the whole earth with asphalt, but sooner or later green grass would break through.

— Ilya Ehrenburg

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We shall kill. If you have not killed at least one German a day, you have wasted that day... Do not count days; do not count miles. Count only the number of Germans you have killed.


Knowledge has outstripped character development, and the young today are given an education rather than an upbringing.


Kill the Germans, wherever you find them! Every German is our moral enemy.

Have no mercy on women, children, or the aged! Kill every German - wipe them out!


We know that art is connected with the land, with its salt, with its smell, that outside of national culture there is no art. Cosmopolitanism - a world in which things lose their color and form, and words lose their significance. We love in our past all that we consider native, wonderful and fair.


Unfortunately, young Russian artists are in a difficult position today.

Painting, like all other arts, rests on a continuity of experience. More than anything, young painters and sculptors need to know the works of their immediate elders. Such a continuity does not exist here to a sufficient degree in the visual arts.


There is no progress in art.


Every master knows that the material teaches the artist.


Time narrows or expands according to how we approach it.

It varies with a man’s breadth, with his heart.


Man is apt to be more moved by the art of his own period, not because it is more perfect, but because it is organically related to him.


Do not count the days, do not count the miles.

Count only the Germans you have killed. Kill the German - this is your old mother's prayer. Kill the German - this is what your children beseech you to do. Kill the German - this is the cry of your Russian earth. Do not waver. Do not let up. Kill.


There is nothing more wonderful than freedom of speech.


Music has a great advantage: without mentioning anything, it can say everything.


About Ilya Ehrenburg

Quotes 15 sayings
Nationality Ukrainian
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

It’s as much a writer’s concern, who is responsible to his readers for all the books written before him as well as those which will be written after him.


People seldom learn from the mistakes of others-not because they deny the value of the past, but because they are faced with new problems.