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Boris Pasternak Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Boris Pasternak
  1. #1
    “It was against the rules to remain indifferent to it.”
  2. #2
    “Lara was not religious. She did not believe in rites. But sometimes, in order to endure life, she needed it to be accompanied by some inner music.”
  3. #3
    “It’s not for nothing that you stand at the end of my life ... just as ... at its beginning.”
  4. #4
    “The rulers of your minds indulge in proverbs, but they’ve forgotten the main one, that love cannot be forced, and they have a deeply rooted habit of liberating people and making them happy, especially those who haven’t asked for it.”
  5. #5
    “I never turn back halfway, never abandon what I’ve started.”
  6. #6
    “The soul of these books was a new understanding of Christianity, their direct consequence a new understanding of art.”
  1. #7
    “The unfree man always idolizes his slavery.”
  2. #8
    “Every herd is a refuge for giftlessness . . . Only the solitary seek the truth, and they break with those who don’t love it sufficiently.”
  3. #9
    “The point is precisely this, that for centuries man has been raised above the animals and borne aloft not by the rod, but by music: the irresistibility of the unarmed truth, the attraction of its example.”
  4. #10
    “They were all there, all side by side, and some did not recognize each other, while others had never known each other.”
  5. #11
    “If you love me and want to keep me from perishing, don’t put it off, let’s get married quickly.”
  6. #12
    “It seems to me that socialism is a sea into which all these personal, separate revolutions should flow, the sea of life, the sea of originality.”

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  1. #13
    “I used to be in a very revolutionary mood, but now I think that we’ll gain nothing by violence.”
  2. #14
    “It’s impossible, without its affecting your health, to show yourself day after day contrary to what you feel.”
  3. #15
    “Just now I was looking out the window of the train and thinking. What can be higher than peace in the family and work? The rest isn’t in our power.”
  4. #16
    “In defense of her wounded pride he would have torn the offender to pieces with his own hands. And here that offender was he himself.”
  5. #17
    ″[That] was why Yura was so shaken by his mother’s death, because he had been lost in that forest with her and was suddenly left alone in it, without her.”
  6. #18
    “The roof over the whole of Russia has been torn off, and we and all the people find ourselves under the open sky.”
  7. #19
    “Sacrificing her future in favor of Pasha’s, Lara held the candle as low as possible ... it always came out that her candle was higher than his.”
  8. #20
    “All that was metaphorical has become literal, and the children are children, and the terrors are terrifying.”
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