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Boris Pasternak Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Boris Pasternak.

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

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

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

No bad man can be a good poet.
- 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve,
it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions.
And it does not provide buffers between members,
so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
- Mary Douglas

It's an immensely competitive business,
and I can tell you the older you get,
the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.
- John Hurt

Like the Spitfire it was immensely strong:
a pilot had no need to fear the danger of pulling the wings off,
no matter how desperate the situation became.
- Douglas Bader

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely.
It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
- H. L. Mencken

The success my children have had has helped me immensely.
I've showed them a certain respect for this career.
- Julio Iglesias

That Germany was so immensely strong and Austria so
dependent upon German strength that the word and will
of Germany would at the critical moment be decisive with Austria.
- Edward Grey

What was funny if you were there is that we were all
immensely sophisticated people who knew exactly what
she was going to say and we're chatting away,
nice to see you.
- Anthony Holden

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly
wounding because I think,
well, if they attack one personally,
it means they have not a single political argument left.
- Margaret Thatcher

My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength
and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness,
industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.
- Paul Getty

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with
a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
- Bob Woodward

I'm immensely grateful for the precious gift my mother has given me.
She is my hero today and every day.
- Steven Cojocaru

People write me from all over the country,
asking me, and sometimes even telling me,
what they think a poet laureate should do.
I found that immensely valuable.
- Rita Dove

Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions.
And what his work showed is that when the answers are simple too,
then you can hear God thinking.
- Jacob Bronowski

I've always looked at shoes as being immensely beautiful things.
- Graham Coxon

Some of these guys...
I've worked with Ice Cube, I think he's an immensely
talented rapper and actor.
- Anthony Anderson

But I think theatre in a repressive society is an immensely
exciting event and theatre in a luxurious old,
affluent old society like ours is an entertaining event.
- Janet Suzman

People are worms, and even the God who created them
is immensely bored with their antics.
- Ama Ata Aidoo

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound,
and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.
- Charles Baudelaire

You know Manchester is always a bit of a hard place
for people coming from London,
just with all the history.
Manchester has this immensely huge and healthy history musically.
- Graham Coxon

Eating is not merely a material pleasure.
Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes
immensely to goodwill and happy companionship.
It is of great importance to the morale.
- Elsa Schiaparelli

Americans are immensely popular in Paris;
and this is not due solely to the fact that they spend lots of money there,
for they spend just as much or more in London,
and in the latter city they are merely tolerated because they do spend.
- James Weldon Johnson

All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart
of all the inhibitions of the past.
And laughter and tears can do both.
Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you
and laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy.
Once you have learned the art you will be immensely surprised.
- Osho

It's nice to be in a situation where the two books
that I write for a sort of regular monthly income are
also works that I enjoy immensely,
rather than them being some kind of bread and butter,
do it because you have to do it.
- Garth Ennis

That being said, I often write into recipes techniques
I learned in the restaurant kitchen.
There are ways of organizing your prep and so on that are immensely useful.
Those are woven into all the recipes I do.
- Sally Schneider

What's really important is to simplify.
The work of most photographers would be improved immensely
if they could do one thing:
get rid of the extraneous.
If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.
- William Albert Allard

It is very, very difficult for a playwright to write
a scene in which a young man has his first deep experience
of sex with a girl whom he found immensely attractive,
is fully satisfied by this event and gets up and blinds a lot of horses.
- Peter Shaffer

Chris Carter is just a fantastic guy,
I have enjoyed working for him, immensely.
I loved this character.
I don't think I can say enough about Chris.
It's just a fantastic thing that he's created and I'm
so thrilled that I've been a part of it.
I'm very grateful.
- Robert Patrick

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

All that is real is seen with the heart.
- Vivian Greene

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The mind of man is continuously unfolding
into a greater recognition of its real plan
in the creative order of the Universe.
- Ernest Holmes

The real us is pure love, pure light
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life's real lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

You cannot lose your real treasure.
- Osho

What is real is beyond all reach.
- Julian Green

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.
- Neale Donald Walsch

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Nothing can bring a real sense of security
into the home except true love.
- Billy Graham

Real friendships among men are so rare
that when they occur they are famous.
- Clarence Day

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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