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Boris Pasternak
(1890-1960) born on
Feb 10
Russian novelist, poet. His novel "Doctor Zhivago" helped win him the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1958 but aroused so much opposition at home that he declined the honor.
         
   
F
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.

R
No bad man can be a good poet.
A
In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.
N
Everything established, settled, everything to do with home and order and the common round, has crumbled into dust and been swept away in the general upheaval and reorganization of the whole of society.
K
As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Speech to International Congress of Writers in 1935, recalled on his death 30 May 60
R: Quoted in Ilya Ehrenburg, Truce
A: The New York Times, 2/2/1959
N: Lara, in Doctor Zhivago, ch. 13, sct. 13 (1957).
K: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
   


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