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 :: 1890-1960, Russian Poet, Novelist, Translator

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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 - [Translation]

 

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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 - [Difficulties]

 

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Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.
~ Boris Pasternak - [Life and Living]

 

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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 - [Compassion]

 

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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 - [Metaphysics]

 

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What you don't understand is that it is possible to be an atheist, it is possible not to know if God exists or why He should, and yet to believe that man does not live in a state of nature but in history, and that history as we know it now began with Christ, it was founded by Him on the Gospels.
~ Boris Pasternak - [Atheism]

 

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