Nina Ai-Artyan   continued...

And if ever in this country
They decide to erect a monument to me,

I consent to that honor
Under these conditions—that it stand

Neither by the sea, where I was born:
My last tie with the sea is broken;

Nor in the tsar’s garden near the cherished pine stump,
Where an inconsolable shade looks for me;

But here, where I stood for three hundred hours,
And where they never unbolted the doors for me.

 

                                      — Anna Akhamatova

He looked at her as a man might look at a faded flower he had plucked, in which it was difficult for him to trace the beauty that had made him pick and so destroy it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ― Leo Tolstoy, from 'Anna Karenina'

Which is worse? The wolf who cries before eating the lamb or the wolf who does not.
                                                                                                                          ― Leo Tolstoy

He was one of the numerous and varied legions of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.
                                                                                                                                                                                   — Fyodor Dostoyevsky               

Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. 
                                                                                                                     ― Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

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