Boris Pasternak

1890 - 1960

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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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on life and truth

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What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on gifts, life, and surprises

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on eternity

You are eternity's hostage A captive of mine.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Night, 1957

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on blessings, death, lies, and war

And when the war broke out, its real horrors, its real dangers, its menace of real death were a blessing compared with the inhuman reign of the lie, and they brought relief because they broke the spell of the dead letter.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Doctor Zhivago, 1958, The Poems of Yurii Zhivago, Winter Night, epilogue

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on world

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It snowed and it snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Doctor Zhivago, 1958, The Poems of Yurii Zhivago, Winter Night, st. 1

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on art, risk, sacrifice, self-sacrifice, and spirituality

Art is unthinkable without risk and spiritual self-sacrifice.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: On Modesty and Bravery, 1936, speech at Writers’ Conference

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on country, death, and departure

Departure beyond the borders of my country is for me equivalent to death.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: Letter to Khrushchev, 1958

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A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on freedom and people

I am caught like a beast at bay. Somewhere are people, freedom, light, But all I hear is the baying of the pack, There is no way out for me.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

Source: The Nobel Prize, 1959

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