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It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
Follow the man who seeks the truth; run from the man who has found it.
Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.
Nothing is more powerful than individuals acting out of their own conscience.
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly.
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
This is a confusing and uncertain period, when a thousand wise words can go completely unnoticed, and one thoughtless word can provoke an utterly nonsensical furor.
We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality.
There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight.
Lying can never save us from another lie.
Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.
We live in the postmodern world, where everything is possible and almost nothing is certain.
Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.
The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.
Education is the ability to perceive the hidden connections between phenomena.
The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.
The salvation of the world lies in the human heart.
Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.
I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than 10 military divisions.
Human rights, human freedoms... and human dignity have their deepest roots somewhere outside the perceptible world... while the state is a human creation, human beings are the creation of God.
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.
Keep the company of those who seek the truth- run from those who have found it
Hope is a feeling that life and work have meaning. You either have it or you don't, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you.
Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.
Ownership is not a vice, not something to be ashamed of, but rather a commitment, and an instrument by which the general good can be served.
Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.
I am not an optimist, because I am not sure that everything ends well. Nor am I a pessimist, because I am not sure that everything ends badly. I just carry hope in my heart.
All human suffering concerns each human being.
Frank Zappa was one of the gods of the Czech underground, I thought of him as a friend. Whenever I feel like escaping from the world of the Presidency, I think of him.
The Declaration of Independence states that the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it.
Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness a more humane society will not emerge.
Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them.
I do think Russian foreign policy is very savvy. There's a need for great caution because the Russians are able to discreetly blackmail countries.
People thought they could explain and conquer nature-yet the outcome is that they destroyed it and disinherited themselves from it.
The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought.
There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them.
Technological measures are important, but equally important is... a consciousness of the commonality of all living beings and an emphasis on shared responsibility.
If the world is to change for the better it must start with a change in human consciousness, in the very humanness of modern man.
It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs, you also remember the age kindly.
The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle.
Modern science kills God and takes his place on the vacant throne. Science is the sole legitimate arbiter of all relavent truth.
But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I'd say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region.
The hope of the world lies in the rehabilitation of the living human being, not just the body but also the soul.
Every consession gives rise to further concessions, we cannot back down, because behind us there is only an abyss, we must keep our promises and demand that they be kept.
Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth.
When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.
I am in favor of [actions] that have authenticity, roots, originality, verve, balance, taste, communicativeness, challenge, relevance to their time-in short, things that make sense.
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.
Hope is not a feeling. It is not the belief that things will turn out well, but the conviction that what you are doing makes sense, no matter how things turn out.