First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
Politics is the art of the next best.
Politics is the art of the possible.
Art is the daughter of freedom.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
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.
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope.
Further, the dignity of the science itself seems to require that every possible means be explored for the solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Besides black art, there is only automation and mechanization.
The only certain freedom's in departure.
And as the Divine that goes forth from the Lord is the good of love and the truth of faith, the angels are angels and are heaven in the measure in which they receive good and truth from the Lord.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.