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Alexander Herzen

Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me to live.

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No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.

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You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.

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There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.

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Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood.

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We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.

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It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.

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I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.

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Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.

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Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically - while simulating a triumphant march forward - than it is done by the two English Houses of Parliament?

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