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Maxim Gorky (1868 – 1936)

Known primarily by his pen name, Maxim Gorky [?????? ???????], was a Russian writer and political activist.
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Maxim Gorky
The good qualities in our soul are most successfully and forcefully awakened by the power of art. Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.
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Processing the human raw material is naturally more complicated than processing lumber.
One has to be able to count, if only so that at fifty one doesn't marry a girl of twenty.

Gorky Maxim quotes
There's a little book I'm thinking of writing "Swan Song" is what I shall call it. The song of the dying. And my book will be incense burnt at the deathbed of this society, damned with the damnation of its own impotence.
Gorky Maxim
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?
Maxim Gorky quotes
Some one has to be kind, girl some one has to pity people! Christ pitied everybody and he said to us: "Go and do likewise!" I tell you if you pity a man when he most needs it, good comes of it. Why I used to be a watchman on the estate of an engineer near Tomsk all right the house was right in the middle of a forest lonely place winter came and I remained all by myself. Well one night I heard a noise thieves creeping in! I took my gun I went out. I looked and saw two of them opening a window and so busy that they didn't even see me. I yell: "Hey there get out of here!" And they turn on me with their axes I warn them to stand back, or I'd shoot and as I speak, I keep on covering them with my gun, first on the one, then the other they go down on their knees, as if to implore me for mercy. And by that time I was furious because of those axes, you see and so I say to them: "I was chasing you, you scoundrels and you didn't go. Now you go and break off some stout branches!" and they did so and I say: "Now one of you lie down and let the other one flog him!" So they obey me and flog each other and then they began to implore me again. "Grandfather," they say, "for God's sake give us some bread! We're hungry!" There's thieves for you, my dear! [Laughs.] And with an ax, too! Yes honest peasants, both of them! And I say to them, "You should have asked for bread straight away!" And they say: "We got tired of asking you beg and beg and nobody gives you a crumb it hurts!" So they stayed with me all that winter one of them, Stepan, would take my gun and go shooting in the forest and the other, Yakoff, was ill most of the time he coughed a lot . . . and so the three of us together looked after the house . . . then spring came . . . "Good-bye, grandfather," they said and they went away back home to Russia . . . escaped convicts from a Siberian prison camp . . . honest peasants! If I hadn't felt sorry for them they might have killed me or maybe worse and then there would have been a trial and prison and afterwards Siberia what's the sense of it? Prison teaches no good and Siberia doesn't either but another human being can . . . yes, a human being can teach another one kindness very simply!
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