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    That's metaphysics, my dear fellow. It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: forbidden  doctor 
     
    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
    tags: time  work  lies  energy 
     
    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
    tags: meaning  community  honor 
     
    Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: men  live 
     
    It was not until after the coming of Christ that time and humans could breathe freely. It was not until after him that people began to live toward the future. Humans do not die in a ditch like a dog-but at home in history, while the work toward the conquest of death is in full swing; they die sharing in this work.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: death  time  people  work  live  future  sharing  die  christ 
     
    All mothers are mothers of great people, and it is not their fault that life later disappoints them.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: people  mother 
     
    At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: women  alone  moment 
     
    Art is unthinkable without risk and spiritual self-sacrifice.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: risk  spiritual 
     
    A conscious attempt to fall asleep is sure to produce insomnia, to try to be conscious of one's own digestion is a sure way to upset the stomach. Consciousness is a poison when we apply it to ourselves. Consciousness is a light directed outward. it's like the headlights on a locomotive-turn them inward and you'd have a crash.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: conscious 
     
    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
    It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: world 
     
    You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: earth  kiss  heaven 
     
    Yet the order of the acts is planned And the end of the way inescapable. I am alone; all drowns in the Pharisees' hypocrisy.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: hypocrisy 
     
    Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: gift 
     
    To be a woman is a great adventure; To drive men mad is a heroic thing.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: men  women 
     
    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
    tags: beauty  gift  destruction  path 
     
    When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: heart  moment 
     
    Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: men  live 
     
    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
    tags: beauty  people  value  virtue 
     
    Our evenings are farewells. Our parties are testaments. So that the secret stream of suffering. May warm the cold of life.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: secret  suffering 
     
    In life it is more necessary to lose than to gain. A seed will only germinate if it dies.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: die 
     
    Most people experience love, without noticing that there is anything remarkable about it.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: people  experience 
     
    Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: beauty  joy  living  key 
     
    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
    tags: writing  painting 
     
    He realised, more vividly than ever before, that art had two constant, two unending preoccupations: it is always meditating upon death and it is always thereby creating life.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: death 
     
    The most extraordinary discoveries are made when the artist is overwhelmed by what he has to say.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: discovery  artist 
     
    Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.
    — Boris Pasternak
    Only the solitary seek the truth, and they break with all those who don't love it sufficiently
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: truth 
     
    Salvation lies not in the faithfulness to forms, but in the liberation from them.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: lies  salvation 
     
    He comes as a guest to the feast of existence, and knows that what matters is not how much he inherits but how he behaves at the feast, and what people remember and love him for.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: people  existence 
     
    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
    tags: hate 
     
    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.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: creation  night  tears  wild  poetry 
     
    It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it.
    — Boris Pasternak
    But the division in him was a sorrow and a torment, and he became accustomed to it only as one gets used to an unhealed and frequently reopened wound.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: sorrow 
     
    The whole of life is symbolic because the whole of it has meaning.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: meaning 
     
    Even so, one step from my grave,I believe that cruelty, spite,The powers of darkness will in timeBe crushed by the spirit of light.
    — Boris Pasternak
    No bad man can be a good poet.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: men  bad  poet 
     
    I have been writing in spurts, bit by bit. It is incredibly difficult. Everything is corroded, broken, dismantled; everything is covered with hardened layers of accumulated insensitivity, deafness, entrenched routine. It is disgusting.
    — Boris Pasternak
    tags: broken  writing 
     
    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
    tags: truth  men  power 
     
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