1. 10

    Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.

  2. 9

    Geography blended with time equals destiny.

  3. 8

    What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.

  4. 7

    I sit in the dark. And it would be hard to figure out which is worse; the dark inside, or the darkness out.

  5. 6

    The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even-if you will-eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with.

  6. 5

    There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

  7. 4

    Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe ... that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens.

  8. 3

    Twentieth-century Russian literature has produced nothing special except perhaps one novel and two stories by Andrei Platonov, who ended his days sweeping streets.

  9. 2

    How delightful to find a friend in everyone.

  10. 1

    There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

  11. Last Update: 29 November 2022

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