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"Ah, Misha, his is a stormy soul. His mind is held captive. There is a great and unresolved thought in him. He’s one of those who don’t need millions, but need to resolve their thought."
Tribute to Russian literature at the Sochi-2014 closing ceremony (part 1)
"These words were dictated to me not by
love or the Muse but by a searching, dull
voice that had lost the swiftness of sound. I
replied, facing my bedroom wall:
“How did you live in those years?” “Like the ‘h’ in ‘uh-oh.’ “
“Would you describe your concerns?” “The price of a decent loaf.”
“What in the world do you love most?”
“Rivers and streets—the long things of life.”
“Do you remember the past?” “Yes, it was winter.
I went for a sleigh ride, caught a cold from the air.”
“Are you afraid of death?” “No, it’s the normal dark,
but even when you’re used to it, you can’t make out a chair.”"
Joseph Brodsky, “The Thames at Chelsea”
"The aim of an artist is not to solve a problem irrefutably, but to make people love life in all its countless inexhaustible manifestations."
Unsent letter to a fellow novelist
1865 (via speareshakes
"God is necessary, and therefore must exist."
“Well, that’s wonderful.”
“But I know that he does not and cannot exist.”
“That’s more like it.”
“Don’t you understand that a man with these two thoughts cannot go on living?"
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons
"Love didn’t return to me. Oh, how distant is love from envy, from fear, from bitterness. How little people need love. Love comes only when all other human emotions have already returned. Love comes last, returns last. Or does it return?"
Varlam Shalamov, Kolyma Tales: “Sententious"
(dedicated to Nadezhda Mandelstam)
Tribute to Russian Literature at the Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Chekov, Gorky, Tsvetaev, Bulgakov, Mayakovskiy and Solzhenitsyn etc.
Gave me chills. Beautiful.
Vladimir Mayakovsky, from “A Letter From Paris To Comrade Kostrov On The Essence And Meaning Of Love”