Russian Quotes

Quotes tagged as "russian" (showing 1-30 of 153)
Anthony Bourdain
“They're professionals at this in Russia, so no matter how many Jell-O shots or Jager shooters you might have downed at college mixers, no matter how good a drinker you might think you are, don't forget that the Russians - any Russian - can drink you under the table.”
Anthony Bourdain, A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“My wish for you... is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

Alexander Pushkin
“Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions when we can invent little else to justify our actions.”
Alexander Pushkin, Tales of Belkin

Anton Chekhov
“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”
Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

Shannon Delany
“Max,' I said, looking up at him, 'I love the Russian heritage you guys are so willing to share, but I'm not so thrilled with the French.'
'What?' His brows lowered. 'We're not French.'
'Great. So the next time you feel the need to kiss me, keep your tongue out of my mouth!”
Shannon Delany, Secrets and Shadows

Marina Tsvetaeva
“One should write only those books from whose absence one suffers. In short: the ones you want on your own desk.”
Marina Tsvetaeva, Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917–1922

David Benioff
“That is the way we decided to talk, free and easy, two young men discussing a boxing match. That was the only way to talk. You couldn't let too much truth seep into your conversation, you couldn't admit with your mouth what your eyes had seen. If you opened the door even a centimeter, you would smell the rot outside and hear the screams. You did not open the door. You kept your mind on the tasks of the day, the hunt for food and water and something to burn, and you saved the rest for the end of the war.”
David Benioff, City of Thieves

David Benioff
“‎I was cursed with the pessimism of both the Russians and the Jews two of the gloomiest tribes in the world. Still if there wasn't greatness in me maybe I had the talent to recognize it in others even in the most irritating others.”
David Benioff, City of Thieves

Sergei Yesenin
“Nemoj budit odsanjane snove, nek miruje ono čega ne bi. Odveć rano zamoren životom,samo čemer osjećam u sebi.”
Sergei Yesenin

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
“How can the confessor teach/ those who are lost and sick at heart,/ when he himself, among the sinners,/ is worst, and most forsaken?/ It is only a game we play/ with other people's sins./ Besides, everyone knows/ that everyone lies confessing.”
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Stolen Apples

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Because everyone is guilty for everyone else. For all the 'wee ones,' because there are little children and big children. All people are 'wee ones.' And I'll go for all of them, because there must be someone who will go for all of them.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Max Frei
“Ни одна реальность не способна долго оставаться таковой, если ты в нее не веришь.”
Max Frei, Гнёзда химер. Хроники Овётганны

Max Frei
“– Любить – не значит навсегда оставлять при себе, – улыбнулся я. – И потом, я их люблю только пока вижу. А когда не вижу – забываю.”
Max Frei, Гнёзда химер. Хроники Овётганны

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“A volte l'uomo è straordinariamente, appassionatamente innamorato della sofferenza.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Sergey Minaev
“Будь я на месте ребят из «NIKE», я бы точно сменил промо
слоган для территории России с «Just do it» на «Do something».”
Sergey Minaev

Elif Batuman
“Everyone reacted differently to being spoken to in a language they didn't understand. Katya got quiet and scared. Ivan leaned forward with an amused expression. Grisha narrowed his eyes and nodded in a manner suggesting the dawn of comprehension. Boris, a bearded doctoral student, rifled guiltily through his notes like someone having a nightmare that he was already supposed to speak Russian.”
Elif Batuman, The Idiot

“On the Russian revolutionaries:

To leave your parents, faithful and loyal subjects of the Emperor, to leave your profession, to desist from having children, to lose your fortune, and to give up your civil honor, all for revolutionary conviction, makes for a league of more practical proof than any religious order.”
Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Out of Revolution: Autobiography of Western Man

Sergey Minaev
“В принципе, какая разница, чем вгонять себя в постоянную депрессию? Работой, семейной жизнью, любовью, водкой, наркотиками?”
Sergey Minaev

Ilya Ilf
“A Spaniard and a Pole worked in the barbershop where we got our hair cut. An Italian shined our shoes. A Croat washed our car. This was America.”
Ilya Ilf

“Literature, art, science, and religion degenerate when polemical struggle supplants the independent creation of ideas.”
Semen Frank

Sergey Minaev
“Ага. Именно. Что день грядущий мне готовит? Одни вопросы.
Воистину, дорога кокаина с утра — шаг в неизвестность…
Я закрываю глаза. Я в Питере.”
Sergey Minaev

Lev Shestov
“Yet, with all his acuteness, it did not occur to him that Europe was not in the least to blame for his disillusionment. Europe had dropped miracles ages ago; she contented herself with ideals. It is we in Russia who will go on confusing miracles with ideals, as if the two were identical, whereas they have nothing to do with each other. As a matter of fact, just because Europe had ceased to believe in miracles, and realised that all human problems resolve down to mere arrangements here on earth, ideas and ideals had been invented. But the Russian bear crept out of his hole and strolled to Europe for the elixir of life, the flying carpet, the seven-leagued shoes, and so on, thinking in all his naïveté that railways and electricity were signs which clearly proved that the old nurse never told a lie in her fairy tales...”
Lev Shestov, All Things are Possible

“With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.”
Russian proverb

“Learning a language and using it is a skill that we all have. It's just a part of daily life, no different from walking or eating. Like with those basic skills, language learning shouldn't be a cause of stress. If you got stressed out from taking a walk, that would be abnormal. Stress when speaking is equally abnormal. The argument that 'stress is normal to start with' is unfounded; after all, we all learn to speak our native tongue with no stress at all. It's more likely that a negative reaction is caused by the situation, not from speaking. You should avoid these types of situations - repeated exposure to this kind of stress will stunt your progress and you'll lose your motivation.”
Denis Ivanov, Learning Russian Marathon: How to Speak Russian in 10 Years

Nikolai Gogol
“In the old man's face there was nothing very special - save that the chin was so greatly projected that whenever he spoke he was forced to wipe it with a handkerchief to avoid dribbling.”
Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

Nikolai Chernyshevsky
“¡Muere, pero no des un beso sin amor!”
Nikolai Chernyshevsky, What Is to Be Done?

Steven Magee
“Russians are among the nicest people that I have met in life.”
Steven Magee

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“La verità reale è sempre inverosimile […]. Per rendere la verità più verosimile, bisogna assolutamente mescolarvi della menzogna.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Interestingly, the nature of the Russian language itself – its use of perfective and imperfective aspect – reflects a very Bergsonian duality between objective and subjective time, or between time considered spatially and time as duration”
Hilary L. Fink

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