Quotes by Boris Pasternak

A corner draft fluttered the flame, and the white fever of temptation, upswept its angel wings that cast , a cruciform shadow.
– Boris Pasternak
Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John.
– Boris Pasternak
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
As in an explosion, I would erupt with all the wonderful things I saw and understood in this world.
– Boris Pasternak
Even so, one step from my grave, I believe that cruelty, spite, The powers of darkness will in time, Be crushed by the spirit of light.
– Boris Pasternak
I come here to speak poetry. It will always be in the grass. It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it. It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies.
– 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
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
I think that if the beast who sleeps in man could be held down by threats of any kind, whether of jail or retribution, then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion tamer, not the prophet who sacrified himself.
– Boris Pasternak
Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed.
– Boris Pasternak
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
Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.
– Boris Pasternak
Man is born to live and not to prepare to live.
– Boris Pasternak
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
Our evenings are farewells. Our parties are testaments. So that the secret stream of suffering. May warm the cold of life.
– Boris Pasternak
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
That's metaphysics, my dear fellow. It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it.
– Boris Pasternak
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.
– Boris Pasternak
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
What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.
– Boris Pasternak