Boris Pasternak

1890 - 1960

A Quote by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak on life and preparation

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.

Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)

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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 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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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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