Boris Pasternak

1890 - 1960

A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on light, spirit, and time

Even so, one step from my grave,
I believe that cruelty, spite,
The powers of darkness will in time
Be crushed by the spirit of light.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: An American Trapped in a Communist Paradise: An Historical Autobiography

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on body, life, soul, and space

The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity.  Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.  Our nervous system isn't just a fiction, it's a part of our physical body, and our soul exists in space and is inside us, like the teeth in our mouth.  It can't be forever violated with impunity.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Doctor Zhivago

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on life

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You fall into my arms.
You are the good gift of destruction's path,
When life sickens more than disease
And boldness is the root of beauty -
Which draws us together.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: A Captive of Time

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak

Mother Russia is on the move, she can't stand still, she's restless and can't find rest, she's talking and she can't stop.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Dr. Zhivago

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on conscience, fear, life, and pity

But what are pity, conscience, or fear To the brazen pair, compared With the living sorcery Of their hot embraces?

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Bacchanalia, 1957, st. 4

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on life, literature, and poetry

During the last years of Mayakovski's life, when all poetry had ceased to exist . . . literature had stopped.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: I Remember, 1958

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on generations and truth

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on hypocrisy, life, and simplicity

I am alone; all drowns in the Pharisees' hypocrisy. To live your life is not as simple as to cross a field.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Hamlet, 1946

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on age, atoms, existence, guests, learning, security, and world

In this era of world wars, in this atomic age, values have changed. We have learned that we are guests of existence, travelers between two stations. We must discover security within ourselves.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on angels and temptation

A corner draft fluttered the flame And the white fever of temptation Upswept its angel wings that cast A cruciform shadow.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Doctor Zhivago, 1958, The Poems of Yurii Zhivago, Winter Night, st. 7

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