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Boris Pasternak Quotes and Sayings

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Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.
- Boris Pasternak

At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation,
as though she were abandoned, alone.
- Boris Pasternak

That's metaphysics, my dear fellow.
It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it.
- Boris Pasternak

As far as modern writing is concerned,
it is rarely rewarding to translate it,
although it might be easy.
Translation is very much like copying paintings.
- Boris Pasternak

 

As in an explosion, I would erupt with all the wonderful
things I saw and understood in this world.
- Boris Pasternak

As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish
the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
- Boris Pasternak

Art has two constant, two unending concerns:
It always meditates on death and thus always creates life.
All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John.
- Boris Pasternak

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What for centuries raised man above the beast is not
the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.
- Boris Pasternak

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.
- Boris Pasternak

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

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

Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished,
abashed.
- Boris Pasternak

I come here to speak poetry.
It will always be in the grass.
It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it.
It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies.
- Boris Pasternak

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

They don't ask much of you.
They only want you to hate the things you love and
to love the things you despise.
- Boris Pasternak

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people,
and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
- Boris Pasternak

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled.
Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value.
Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
- Boris Pasternak

No bad man can be a good poet.
- Boris Pasternak

Love is not weakness.
It is strong.
Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.
- Boris Pasternak

No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across
here and there in the world,
is unmixed with compassion.
The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim.
- Boris Pasternak

Work is the order of the day, just as it was at one time,
with our first starts and our best efforts.
Do you remember? Therein lies its delight.
It brings back the forgotten; one's stores of energy,
seemingly exhausted, come back to life.
- Boris Pasternak

In view of the meaning given to this honor in the community to which I belong,
I should abstain from the undeserved prize that has been awarded to me.
Do not meet my voluntary refusal with ill will.
- Boris Pasternak

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln PHOTO

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is but the product of his thoughts -
what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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