Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.
What is the use of running when we are on the wrong.
The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient. They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
If we had had more time for discussion, we probably would have made a great many more mistakes.
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
You must remember that we persecute nobody for religion. We regard religion as an error and fight it with education.
Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned.
Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent.
We are grateful to those who at difficult times showed solidarity with us, with what the people of Russia are going through, and still are doing so.
Everyone is the age of their heart.
Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.