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A collection of quotes and sayings by Alexander Herzen on love, compassion, writings, infatuation, childhood, serfs, slavery, corruption, fight, politics and rights.

8 Notable Quotes By Alexander Herzen Who Stood Strongly For The Rights Of Serfs

Quick Facts

Famous As: Father of Russian socialism

Born On: April 6, 1812

Died On: January 21, 1870

Born In: Moscow

Died At Age: 57

Alexander Herzen, popularly known as the ‘Father of Russian Socialism’, was a renowned Russian thinker and writer. It is said that he was the illegal child of Ivan Yakovlev and always had great sympathy for serfs. Throughout his life, Herzen fought for the liberation of the laborers. He got arrested for attending a festival where verses of Mikhail Sokolovsky were sung. Proven guilty he was exiled and worked in the provincial bureaucracy in Vyatka. Few years later, he left Vyatka and was appointed as the editor of a gazette in Vladimir. An essay on ‘Dilettantism in Science’ was his first literary work, which was published in the year 1842. ‘Letters on the Study of Nature’ and ‘Who Is To Blame?’ are two of his other works. During his stay in France, he was disappointed with the hierarchy of the society and protested against it. Later, in the year 1852 he stayed in London and started a printing press ‘Free Russian Press’. Throughout his stay in London, he strongly promoted socialism and individualism. His autobiography, ‘My Past and Thoughts’ can be considered as a literary masterpiece. His quotes would motivate you and encourage you to live in a better society. We have accumulated few of his thoughts and quotes from his work, essays, writings and life. Presenting quotes and sayings by Alexander Herzen on love, compassion, writings, infatuation, childhood, serfs, slavery, corruption, fight, politics and rights.

Compassionate love may be strong. It sobs, it burns, then it wipes away its tears – and it does nothing.

Alexander Herzen

I believe in nothing here, except a handful of people, a few ideas, and the fact that one cannot arrest movement.

Alexander Herzen

What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all palisades, all fences, within which she is held captive!

Alexander Herzen

There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.

Alexander Herzen

We think the purpose of a child is to grow up because it does grow up. But its purpose is to play, to enjoy itself, to be a child. If we merely look to the end of the process, the purpose of life is death

Alexander Herzen

History is the autobiography of a madman.

Alexander Herzen

In general modern man has no solutions

Alexander Herzen