Maxim Gorky (Alexei Maximovich Peshkov), 1868 - 1936
Portrait by Herman Mishkin (ca. 1906)
Born: 28 March 1868 (O.S. 16 March), Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire
Died: 18 June 1936, Gorki Leninskiye, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR
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- A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains. permalink
- But I'm not to be caught with such poor bait! I'm a big fish, I am. permalink
- Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man — Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?
The Lower Depths (1902)
- Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. permalink
- However low he may fall, a man can never deny himself the delight of feeling cleverer, more powerful or even better fed than his companions. permalink
- Hunger can explain many acts. It can be said that all vile acts are done to satisfy hunger. permalink
- If it is true that only misfortune can awaken a man's soul, it is a bitter truth, one that is hard to hear and accept, and it is only natural that many people deny it and say it is better for a man to live on in a trance than to wake up to torture. permalink
- In the carriages of the past you can't go anywhere. permalink
The Lower Depths (1903)
- It is quiet and peaceful here, the air is good, there are numerous gardens, and in them nightingales sing and spies lurk under the bushes. permalink
letter to Anton Chekhov
- Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul. permalink
Untimely Thoughts (1968)
- Keep reading books, but remember that a book's only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself. permalink
- Lies are the religion of slaves and masters. Truth is the god of the free man. permalink
The Lower Depths (1902)
- Many contemporary authors drink more than they write. permalink
- One has to be able to count, if only so that at fifty one doesn't marry a girl of twenty. permalink
The Zykovs (1914)
- One word of praise from a woman is dearer to me that a whole ode from a man. permalink
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