Boris Pasternak Quotes

Who is Boris Pasternak?

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. Pasternak is best known for his book Doctor Zhivago and the film it was made into.

Born February 10, 1890
Died May 30, 1960

Books by Boris Pasternak


Best 24 Quotes by Boris Pasternak

“An unshared happiness is not happiness.”

Boris Pasternak

“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

“I used to be very revolutionary, but now I think that nothing can be gained by brute force. People must be drawn to good by goodness.”

Boris Pasternak

“In life it is more necessary to lose than to gain. A seed will only germinate if it dies.”

Boris Pasternak

“It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it.”

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“Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”

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“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”

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“The most extraordinary discoveries are made when the artist is overwhelmed by what he has to say.”

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“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

“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

"Doctor Zhivago" Quotes

“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
Doctor Zhivago

“About dreams. It is usually taken for granted that you dream of something that has made a particularly strong impression on you during the day, but it seems to me it´s just the contrary. Often it´s something you paid no attention to at the time -- a vague thought that you didn´t bother to think out to the end, words spoken without feeling and which passed unnoticed -- these are the things that return at night, clothed in flesh and blood, and they become the subjects of dreams, as if to make up for having been ignored during waking hours.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“How wonderful to be alive, he thought. But why does it always hurt?”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“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
Doctor Zhivago

“I hate everything you say, but not enough to kill you for it.”

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Doctor Zhivago

“I have the impression that if he didn't complicate his life so needlessly, he would die of boredom.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“It´s a good thing when a man is different from your image of him. Is shows he isn´t a type. If he were, it would be the end of him as a man. But if you can´t place him in a category, it means that at least a part of him is what a human being ought to be. He has risen above himself, he has a grain of immortality.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“Oh, what a love it was, utterly free, unique, like nothing else on earth! Their thoughts were like other people's songs.”

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Doctor Zhivago

“Only the solitary seek the truth, and they break with all those who don't love it sufficiently.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“To be a woman is a great adventure;
To drive men mad is a heroic thing.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

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“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
Doctor Zhivago

“You must never, under any circumstances, despair. To hope and to act, these are our duties in misfortune.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago

“You must never, under any circumstances, despair. To hope and to act, these are our duties in misfortune.”

Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago