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Golden Calf Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf
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“Финансовая пропасть-самая глубокая из всех пропастей, в нее можно падать всю жизнь.”
Ilya Ilf, Золотой телёнок
“Жизнь страны менялась с каждым столетием. Менялась одежда, совершенствовалось оружие, были усмирены картофельные бунты. Люди научились брить бороды. Полетел первый воздушный шар. Были изобретены железные близнецы пароход и паровоз. Затрубили автомашины.
А дорога осталась такой же, какой была при Соловье разбойнике.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
tags: change
“заграница — это миф о загробной жизни. Кто туда попадает, тот не возвращается.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
tags: humor
“Investigating Koreiko's case might take a long time," said Ostap. "God only knows how long. And since there is no God, nobody knows. We are in a terrible bind.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“Остап молча взял европейского гостя за руку, подвел его к висевшему на стене ящику для жалоб и сказал, как глухому: – Сюда. Понимаете? В ящик. Шрайбен, шриб, гешрибен. Писать. Понимаете? Я пишу, ты пишешь, он пишет, она, оно пишет. Понимаете? Мы, вы, они, оне кладут жалобы... И никто их не вынимает. Вынимать. Я не вынимаю, ты не вынимаешь...”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“It wouldn't have been surprising if the girl suddenly stamped her foot and began: "Comrades! Allow me to summarize the achievements which . . . ," and so forth, because we have exemplary children who can make two-hour speeches with forlorn diligence. But the Young Pioneer from Roaring Springs took the bull by the horns with her little hands and belted out, in a funny, high-pitched voice: "Long live the Five-Year Plan!”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“Fifteen of his clubs, dedicated to politics, music, and the performing arts, had all been developing strategic plans for the past two years. And the local branches of various societies--whose goals were to advance aviation, knowledge of chemistry, automotive transportation, equestrian sports, highway construction, as well as the prompt eradication of ethnic chauvinism--existed only in the sick imagination of the local union committee. As for the school of continuing education, of which Sardinevich was especially proud, it was constantly reorganizing itself, which, as anybody knows, means it wasn't undertaking any useful activity whatsoever. If Sardinevich were an honest man, he would probably have admitted that all these activities were essentially a mirage. But the local union committee used this mirage to concoct its reports, so at the next level up nobody doubted the existence of all those musico-political clubs. At that level, the school of continuing education was imagined as a large stone building filled with desks, where perky teachers draw graphs that show the rise of unemployment in the United States on their chalkboards, while mustachioed students develop political consciousness right in front of your eyes.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“Солнце встало над холмистой пустыней в 5 часов 02 минуты 46 секунд. Остап поднялся на минуту позже.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“I am Emir Dynamite!" he shouted, swaying on top of the tall camelback. "If within two days we don't get any decent food, I'll incite the tribes to revolt! I swear! I will appoint myself the Prophet's representative and declare holy war, jihad. On Denmark, for example. Why did the Danes torment their Prince Hamlet? Considering the current political situation, a casus beli like this would satisfy even the League of Nations. No, seriously, I'll buy a million worth of rifles from the British--they love to sell firearms to the tribes--and onward to Denmark. Germany will let us through--in lieu of war reparations. Imagine the tribes invading Copenhagen! I'll lead the charge on a white camel.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“Лицо у него было чистое, прямое, мужественное, как у бреющегося англичанина на рекламном плакате.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“И вообще — бензин ваш, а идеи наши!”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“Окно закрыли, потушили свет, и в комнате стало тепло и темно, как между ладонями”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf
“It should be explained at this point that there are no girls in the world who do not sense an impending declaration of love at least a week in advance.”
Ilya Ilf, Golden Calf