The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.
It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.
In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect.
It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.
Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.
Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the myth of an infallible party, if it continues to think, and if it becomes democratic.
Our science has become terrible, our research dangerous, our findings deadly. We physicists have to make peace with reality. Reality is not as strong as we are. We will ruin reality.
News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.
Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland.
So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.
Everything in the world can be changed, my dear Florestan, but the human being.
The worst possible turn can not be programmed. It is caused by coincidence.
Communism is a proposition to structure the world more reasonably, a proposition for changing the world. As such, we have to analyze it and, if we deem it reasonable, act upon it.
I am a man, and God is hiding from us humans. We are unable to see Him, we can only search for Him.
A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.
There are risks which are not acceptable: the destruction of humanity is one of them.
Everything that is necessary is also easy. You just have to accept it. And the most necessary, the most natural matter on this planet is death.
The evolution of humans can not only be seen as the grand total of their wars; it is also defined by the evolution of the human mind and the development of the human consciousness.
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
The problems of all of humanity can only be solved by all of humanity.
The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.
Whoever is content with the world, and who profits from its lack of justice, does not want to change it.
A story has been thought through to the end when it has taken the worst possible turn.
The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.
Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason.
The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.
There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more, when there is only reality and reality is horrifying.
Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
Today's difference between Russia and the United States is that in Russia everybody takes everybody else for a spy, and in the United States everybody takes everybody else for a criminal.
Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.