The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery
Conceit is incompatible with understanding
If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.
In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty
The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.
Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.
Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace
And whatever people might say about the time having come when young people must arrange their future for themselves, she could not believe it any more than she could believe that loaded pistols could ever be the best toys for five-year-old children.
Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness
Don't seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
It is true, I deny the incomprehensible Trinity, and the fable regarding the fall of man, which is absurd in our day. It is true, I deny the sacrilegious story of a God born of a virgin to redeem the race.