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Alexander Herzen Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alexander Herzen.

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

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.
- Alexander Herzen

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

All religions have based morality on obedience,
that is to say, on voluntary slavery.
That is why they have always been more pernicious than
any political organization.
For the latter makes use of violence,
the former - of the corruption of the will.
- Alexander Herzen

 

What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature
and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades,
all the fences, within which she is held captive!
- Alexander Herzen

Science, which cuts its way through the muddy pond
of daily life without mingling with it,
casts its wealth to right and left, but the puny boatmen
do not know how to fish for it.
- Alexander Herzen

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?
- Alexander Herzen

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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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.
- Alexander Herzen

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.
- Alexander Herzen

Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it,
will have its influence and its place,
just as our body will pass into the composition of grass,
of sheep, of cutlets, and of men.
- Alexander Herzen

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

If nations always moved from one set of furnished rooms to another -
and always into a better set -
things might be easier,
but the trouble is that there is no one to prepare the new rooms.
The future is worse than the ocean -
there is nothing there.
- Alexander Herzen

Slavery is the first step towards civilization.
In order to develop it is necessary that things should
be much better for some and much worse for others,
then those who are better off can develop at the expense of others.
- Alexander Herzen

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.
- Alexander Herzen

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

Unaware of the absurdity of it, we introduce our own
petty household rules into the economy of the universe
for which the life of generations,
peoples, of entire planets, has no importance in relation
to the general development.
- Alexander Herzen

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.
- Alexander Herzen

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Life expands to fill your dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I have found that if you love life,
life will love you back.
- Arthur Rubinstein

Set Life's Rhythm with Your Heart-Drum
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your Habits, Choose your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dance Lightly With Life:
Today is your day to
dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
soar your spirit,
unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Today is your day to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows and butterflies out to play,
soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale


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