And also they were absolutely brilliant in one way, you know: they knew how effective is not to punish somebody who is guilty; what Communist Party members could afford to do was mind-boggling: they could do practically anything they wanted - steal, you know, lie, whatever.
To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but is bitter and unforgettable.
Until 1914 I loved to travel; I often went to Italy and once spent a few months in India. Since then I have almost entirely abandoned travelling, and I have not been outside of Switzerland for over ten years.
Some moments it feels longer, other moments it feels like it's flown by; you can't believe you've done it all that time... Overall, you have a strong sense for the full spectrum that you've sort of traveled.
I joined the Communist Party because I felt I had to be in some organization.
Some time before this I had also joined a student organization which contained members of the S. P. D. as well as members of the Communist Party.
I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.
The Communist Party said that I must finish my studies because after the revolution in Germany people would be required with technical knowledge to take part in the building of the Communist Germany.
We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life - in culture, in economy and in politics.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
It didn't take long to recognise the shortcomings of the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world.
It is about this very abstract sense of displacement that he feels the moment he turns off the television.
Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction.
For me, football always meant that we came together as a family and, in the summer we played football outside.
The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.
Insist on yourself; never imitate.? Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.? That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors. You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor.
If you love someone, you say it, right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.
The old boy network is still very strong and very true. Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there. It is still very much run by men.
Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour.
I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.