Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, 1890 - 1960
Russian commemorative stamp (1990)
Born: 10 February 1890, Moscow, Russian Empire
Died: 30 May 1960, Peredelkino, USSR
Biography from Wikipedia
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- Fear has the largest eyes of all. permalink
"Hoar-Frost" in The Poetry of Boris Pasternak, 1917-1959 (1959)
- 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. permalink
Doctor Zhivago (1957)
- In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it. permalink
- Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails, the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the sweet pea that has run wild, Creation's tears in shoulder blades. permalink
- The whole wide world is a cathedral; I stand inside, the air is calm, And from afar at times there reaches My ear the echo of a psalm. permalink
- The writer is the Faust of modern society, the only surviving individualist in a mass age. To his orthodox contemporaries, he seems a semi-madman. permalink
quoted in The Observer (20 December 1959)
- What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. permalink
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