Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?
The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being.
It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.