When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.

— Maxim Gorky

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Politics is the soil in which the nettle of poisonous enmity, evil suspicions, shameless lies, slander, morbid ambitions, and disrespect for the individual grows rapidly and luxuriantly. Name anything bad in man and it is precisely in the soil of political struggle that it grows with particular liveliness and abundance.


Only mothers can think of the future - because they give birth to it in their children.


Keep reading books, but remember that a book’s only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.


Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.


Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable;

love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.


In the carriages of the past, you can't go anywhere.


Remembrance of the past kills all present energy and deadens all hope for the future


Writers build castles in the air, the reader lives inside, and the publisher inns the rent.


The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'.


The good qualities in our soul are most successfully and forcefully awakened by the power of art. Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.


You can't do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know.


When the life is monotonous , even grief is a welcome event.


About Maxim Gorky

Quotes 70 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

If it is true that only misfortune can awaken a man's soul, it is a bitter truth, one that is hard to hear and accept, and it is only natural that many people deny it and say it is better for a man to live on in a trance than to wake up to torture.


The higher goal a person pursues, the quicker his ability develops, and the more beneficial he will become to the society. I believe for sure that this is also a truth.


We kill everybody, my dear. Some with bullets, some with words, and everybody with our deeds. We drive people into their graves, and neither see it nor feel it.


Our most merciless enemy is our past.


What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.


To speak the truth is the most difficult of all arts, for in its "pure" form, not connected with the interests of individuals, groups, classes, or nations, truth is almost completely unsuitable for use by the Philistine and is unacceptable to him.


The intelligentsia ...was kept busy embroidering white stitches on the philosophical and ecclesiastical vestments of the bourgeoisie - that old and filthy fabric besmeared with the blood of toiling masses.


Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come.

That's why we want to be considerate of every man - Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?


Jail doesn't teach anyone to do good, nor Siberia, but a man-yes! A man can teach another man to do good-believe me!


All human beings have gray little souls-and they all want to rouge them up.


Lies are the religion of slaves and masters. Truth is the god of the free man.


The more a human creature has tasted of bitter things the more it hungers after the sweet things of life.


One word of praise from a woman is dearer to me than a whole ode from a man . .


Politics is something similar to the lower physiological functions, with the unpleasant difference that political functions are unavoidably carried out in public.


An artist is a man who digests his own subjective impressions and knows how to find a general objective meaning in them, and how to express them in a convincing form.


It is quiet here and restful and the air is delicious.

There are gardens everywhere and police spies lie in the bushes. There are nightingales in every garden, but police spies only in mine, I think. They sit under my windows in the darkness of the night and try to get a glimpse of how I spread sedition in Russia.


One has to be able to count if only so that at fifty one doesn't marry a girl of twenty.


There's a little book I'm thinking of writing - "Swan Song" is what I shall call it. The song of the dying. And my book will be incense burnt at the deathbed of this society, damned with the damnation of its own impotence.


All that is called Destiny or Fate is none other than the result of our thoughtlessness and our mistrust of ourselves; we should know that all that is created on earth is created by its sole Master and Laborer -- Man.


Let us not search for the guilty ones only among others, let us speak the bitter truth: we are all guilty ... each and every one of us.


But I'm not to be caught with such poor bait! I'm a big fish, I am.


When work is a pleasure, life is joy.! When work is a duty, life is slavery.


An honest man is all right even if he's an idiot...but a crook must have brains.


Processing the human raw material is naturally more complicated than processing lumber.


What I'd like is to meet a man I could take off my hat to and say: "Thank you for having got born, and the longer you live the better.


There is no one on earth more disgusting and repulsive than he who gives alms.

Even as there is no one so miserable as he who accepts them.


To an old man any place that's warm is homeland.


It is quiet and peaceful here, the air is good, there are numerous gardens, and in them nightingales sing and spies lurk under the bushes.


In the maxim of the past you cannot go anywhere.


Everywhere, within man and without, there is devastation, instability, chaos, and evidence of some prolonged rout.


We ever long for visions of beauty, We ever dream of unknown worlds.


Even a bad man is better than a good book.


When one loves somebody everything is clear - where to go, what to do - it all takes care of itself and one doesn't have to ask anybody about anything.


Every new time will give its law.


Two forces are succesfully influencing the education of a cultivated man: art and science. Both are united in the book.


Just think, reader, what will happen to you if the truth of a mad beast overpowers the sane truth of man?


Anger is like ice, and also quick to melt