The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.
The best and most outstanding characteristic of our
common people is their sense of justice and their
desire for it. The cockerel-like habit of always
wanting to be first in every situation, and at all
costs, and whether one is worthy of it or not - this
is unknown among the common people. One has only to
remove the outer, superficial husk and look at the
kernel within attentively, closely and without
prejudice, and one will see in the common people
things one had no inkling of. There is not much that
our men of learning can teach the common people. I
would even say the reverse: it is they who should take
a few lessons from the common people.
From House of the Dead
Words dissemble, words be quick, words resemble walking sticks.
The very act of putting my work on paper, or, as we say, kneading
the dough, is for me inseparable from the pleasure of creation. So
far as I am concerned, I cannot separate the spiritual effort from the
psychological and physical effort; they confront me on the same level
and do not present a hierarchy.
Only when one begins to enjoy the process of life can life
itself be enjoyed.
I wish I was as fortunate as me.
There is a time and a place for dispassionate argument, but do not
equate passionate argument with stridency.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a
person, having neither to weigh thought nor measure words, but pouring
them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a
faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth
keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.