Known as the jewel of Russian literature and the founding father of the modern Russian language, Alexander Pushkin has made revolutionary contributions during his brief life on practically every genre there is. Moreover, his work has inspired countless great writers including Vladimir Nabokov and Henry James.
With his 218th birthday just having passed last month, ICE revisits some of his most awe-inspiring words.
“Somewhere between obsession and compulsion is impulse.”
“Don’t be sad, don’t be angry, if life deceives you! Submit to your grief – your time for joy will come, believe me.”
“My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you.”
“…depression still kept guard on him, and chased after him like a shadow –or like a faithful wife.”
“Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths.”
“Then came a moment of renaissance, I looked up – you again are there, A fleeting vision, the quintessence of all that`s beautiful and rare.”
“Habit is Heaven’s own redress:
it takes the place of happiness.”