Top 10 Maxim Gorky Quotes

Maxim Gorky(March 28, 1868 -June 14, 1936) was a Russian writer and considered to be the founder of socialist realism. His famous works include The Lower Depths, The Mother, Children of the Sun, and My Childhood.

Here are Maxim Gorky’s top ten most inspirational quotes:


When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.

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Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.

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Keep reading books, but remember that a book’s only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.

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Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong. 

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Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.

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When everything is easy one quickly gets stupid.


In the carriages of the past, you can’t go anywhere.

man riding carriage with horse near buildingVIII.

Lies are the religion of slaves and masters. Truth is the god of the free man.

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The higher goal a person pursues, the quicker his ability develops, and the more beneficial he will become to the society.

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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.

man hands on back looking on painting mounted at wallThank you Maxim Gorky!

Interesting Maxim Gorky Facts:

  • He was an orphan at age 11.
  • He lived in Italy and Germany for some time.
  • He was exiled twice.

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