The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces - in nature, in society, in man himself.
In not more than a month's time terror will assume very violent forms, after the example of the great French Revolution; the guillotine.. Will be ready for our enemies.. That remarkable invention of the French Revolution which makes man shorter by a head.
As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness!
Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain - at least in a poor country like Russia - and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.