Man is what he believes.
In Western Europe people perish from the congestion and stifling closeness, but with us it is from the spaciousness.... The expanses are so great that the little man hasn't the resources to orient himself.... This is what I think about Russian suicides.
At the door of every happy person there should be a man with a hammer whose knock would serve as a constant reminder of the existence of unfortunate people.
Life is a vexatious trap; when a thinking man reaches maturity and attains to full consciousness he cannot help feeling that he is in a trap from which there is no escape.
The wealthy man is not he who has money, but he who has the means to live in the luxurious state of early spring.
Probably nature itself gave man the ability to lie so that in difficult and tense moments he could protect his nest, just as do the vixen and wild duck.
In countries where there is a mild climate, less effort is expended on the struggle with nature and man is kinder and more gentle.
Do you remember you shot a seagull? A man came by chance, saw it and destroyed it, just to pass the time.
An enormously vast field lies between God exists and there is no God. The truly wise man traverses it with great difficulty. A Russian knows one or the other of these two extremes, but is not interested in the middle ground. He usually knows nothing, or very little.
To believe in God is not hard. Inquisitors, Biron and Arakcheev believed in Him. No, believe in man!
It is depressing to hear the unfortunate or dying man jest.
Man will only become better when you make him see what he is like.
A nice man would feel ashamed even before a dog
If you wish women to love you, be original; I know a man who used to wear felt boots summer and winter, and women fell in love with him.
Satiation, like any state of vitality, always contains a degree of impudence, and that impudence emerges first and foremost when the sated man instructs the hungry one.