Russian Soul Famous Quotes & Sayings

33 Russian Soul Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Peter the Great was probably the equal, in dedication, power and ruthlessness, of many of the most successful revolutionary or nationalist leaders. Yet he failed in his chief purpose, which was to turn Russia into a Western nation. And the reason he failed was that he did not infuse the Russian masses with some soul-stirring enthusiasm. He either did not think it necessary or did not know how to make of his purpose a holy cause. It is not strange that the Bolshevik revolutionaries who wiped out the last of the Czars and Romanovs should have a sense of kinship with Peter - a Czar and a Romanov. For his purpose is now theirs, and they hope to succeed where he failed. The Bolshevik revolution may figure in history as much an attempt to modernize a sixth of the world's surface as an attempt to build a Communist economy. TheEric Hoffer Russian Soul Sayings By Eric Hoffer: Peter the Great was probably the equal, in dedication, power and ruthlessness, of many of
You understand that the feeling which makes them work is not a feeling of pettiness, ambition, forgetfulness, which you have yourself experienced, but a different sentiment, one more powerful, and one which has made of them men who live with their ordinary composure under the fire of cannon, amid hundreds of chances of death, instead of the one to which all men are subject who live under these conditions amid incessant labor, poverty, and dirt. Men will not accept these frightful conditions for the sake of a cross or a title, nor because of threats ; there must be another lofty incentive as a cause, and this cause is the feeling which rarely appears, of which a Russian is ashamed, that which lies at the bottom of each man's soul - love for his country.Leo Tolstoy Russian Soul Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: You understand that the feeling which makes them work is not a feeling of pettiness,
No, I'm not Byron, it's my role
To be an undiscovered wonder,
Like him, a persecuted wand'rer,
But furnished with a Russian soul.
I started sooner, sooner ending,
My mind will never reach so high;
Within my soul, beyond the mending,
My shattered aspirations lie:
Dark ocean answer me, can any
Plumb all your depth with skillful trawl?
Who will explain me to the many?
I ... perhaps God? No one at all?
Mikhail Lermontov Russian Soul Sayings By Mikhail Lermontov: No, I'm not Byron, it's my roleTo be an undiscovered wonder,Like him, a persecuted wand'rer,But
When I bought a collection of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, I returned home with a bright enthusiasm to begin the long march into the Russian soul. Though I've failed to read either man to completion, they both helped me to imagine that my fictional South Carolina was as vast a literary acreage as their Russia.Pat Conroy Russian Soul Sayings By Pat Conroy: When I bought a collection of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, I returned home with a bright
School houses do not teach themselves - piles of brick and mortar and machinery do not send out men. It is the trained, living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human, whether they be black or white, Greek, Russian or American.W.E.B. Du Bois Russian Soul Sayings By W.E.B. Du Bois: School houses do not teach themselves - piles of brick and mortar and machinery do
The mysterious Russian soul... Everyone wants to understand it. They read Dostoevsky: what's behind that soul of theirs? Well, behind our soul there's just more soul.Svetlana Alexievich Russian Soul Sayings By Svetlana Alexievich: The mysterious Russian soul... Everyone wants to understand it. They read Dostoevsky: what's behind that
Vronsky meanwhile, in spite of the complete fulfilment of what he had so long desired, was not completely happy. He soon felt that the realization of his longing gave him only one grain of the mountain of bliss he had anticipated. That realization showed him the eternal error men make by imagining that happiness consists in the gratification of their wishes. When first he united his life with hers and donned civilian clothes, he felt the delight of freedom in general, such as he had not before known, and also the freedom of love - he was contented then, but not for long. Soon he felt rising in his soul a desire for desires - boredom. Involuntarily he began to snatch at every passing caprice, mistaking it for a desire and a purpose.Leo Tolstoy Russian Soul Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Vronsky meanwhile, in spite of the complete fulfilment of what he had so long desired,
RUSSIAN, n. A person with a Caucasian body and a Mongolian soul. A Tartar Emetic.Ambrose Bierce Russian Soul Sayings By Ambrose Bierce: RUSSIAN, n. A person with a Caucasian body and a Mongolian soul. A Tartar Emetic.
I believe you!' the artiste exclaimed finally and extinguishes his gaze. 'I do! These eyes are not lying! How many times have I told you that your basic error consists in underestimating the significance of the human eye. Understand that the tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes - never! A sudden question is put to you, you don't even flinch, in one second you get hold of yourself and know what you must say to conceal the truth, and you speak quite convincingly, and not a wrinkle on your face moves, but - alas - the truth which the question stirs up from the bottom of your soul leaps momentarily into your eyes, and it's all over! They see it, and you're caught!Mikhail Bulgakov Russian Soul Sayings By Mikhail Bulgakov: I believe you!' the artiste exclaimed finally and extinguishes his gaze. 'I do! These eyes
Don't you forget what's divine in the Russian soul and that's resignation.Joseph Conrad Russian Soul Sayings By Joseph Conrad: Don't you forget what's divine in the Russian soul and that's resignation.
No wonder Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoi's Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day's work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city reservoir, he turns to the cupboard, only to find the vodka bottle empty.P.G. Wodehouse Russian Soul Sayings By P.G. Wodehouse: No wonder Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoi's Russian
And it has always been a mystery, and I've marveled a thousand times at this ability of man (and, it seems, of the Russian man above all) to cherish the highest ideal in his soul alongside the greatest baseness, and all that in perfect sincerity.
The Adolescent (or, The Raw Youth)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian Soul Sayings By Fyodor Dostoyevsky: And it has always been a mystery, and I've marveled a thousand times at this
On December 13, the tsarina suggests to the tsar: "Anything but this responsible ministry about which everybody has gone crazy. Everything is getting quiet and better, but people want to feel your hand. How long they have been saying to me, for whole years, the same thing: 'Russia loves to feel the whip.' That is their nature!" This orthodox Hessian, with a Windsor upbringing and a Byzantine crown on her head, not only "incarnates" the Russian soul, but also organically despises it. Their nature demands the whip - writes the Russian tsarina to the Russian tsar about the Russian people, just two months and a half before the monarchy tips over into the abyss. InLeon Trotsky Russian Soul Sayings By Leon Trotsky: On December 13, the tsarina suggests to the tsar: "Anything but this responsible ministry about
I guess part of me hoped that you'd come to me because you trusted me to help. And because maybe you missed me, just a little."
Beka took a deep breath. "Just a little? Hell, Marcus, it felt like I was missing half my soul."...
His hazel eyes stared into hers, as if he could read her mind, or maybe her heart, which stuttered and skipped as if it only half remembered how to beat.
Then he said in a low, fervent voice, "I think I found it for you." He pulled her into his arms, wrapping her in strength and warmth and longing, tugging her in close until his lips met hers.
Deborah Blake Russian Soul Sayings By Deborah Blake: I guess part of me hoped that you'd come to me because you trusted me
She danced the dance so well, so well indeed, so perfectly, that Anisya Fyodorovna, who handed her at once the kerchief she needed in the dance, had tears in her eyes, though she laughed as she watched that slender and graceful little countess, reared in silk and velvet, belonging to another world than hers, who was yet able to understand all that was in Anisya and her father and her mother and her aunt and every Russian soul.Leo Tolstoy Russian Soul Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: She danced the dance so well, so well indeed, so perfectly, that Anisya Fyodorovna, who
Did you know that there is no exact rhyme in the Russian language for the word 'pravda'? Ponder and weigh this insufficiency in your mind. Doesn't that just echo down the canyons of your soul?Julian Barnes Russian Soul Sayings By Julian Barnes: Did you know that there is no exact rhyme in the Russian language for the
Russian literature saved my soul. When I was a young girl in school and I asked what is good and what is evil, no one in that corrupt system could show me.Irina Ratushinskaya Russian Soul Sayings By Irina Ratushinskaya: Russian literature saved my soul. When I was a young girl in school and I
The Wedding Ring

Although the lamp was out, above its darkness
I saw the bright reflection of a flame.
My soul is bare, stripped to the purest bareness;
It has escaped, transcended all its bounds.

A man, I held desire my dearest treasure.
but I give it, myself, my sacred pain,
my prayers, my ecstasies - all these, O Father,
I give with love to You, most loving one.

And so the hour of limitless surrender
enclosed me in a cloak of flames like wings;
empowered me with the power of Your commandment,
and clothed me in Your holy veil of fire.

So let me stretch my hand out to my brother;
I look in the Face of You, the Fount of Life,
and in the radiance of transfigured torture
I bear my cross, light as a wedding ring.
Zinaida Gippius Russian Soul Sayings By Zinaida Gippius: The Wedding Ring Although the lamp was out, above its darknessI saw the bright reflection
The Russian soul is a dark place.Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian Soul Sayings By Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Russian soul is a dark place.
We still, alas, cannot forestall it-
This dreadful ailment's heavy toll;
The spleen is what the English call it,
We call it simply, Russian soul.
Alexander Pushkin Russian Soul Sayings By Alexander Pushkin: We still, alas, cannot forestall it-This dreadful ailment's heavy toll;The spleen is what the English
Every morning I called Aeroflot to ask about my suitcase. "Oh, it's you," sighed the clerk. "Yes, I have your request right here. Address: Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy's house. When we find the suitcase we will send it to you. In the meantime, are you familiar with our Russian phrase *resignation of the soul*?Elif Batuman Russian Soul Sayings By Elif Batuman: Every morning I called Aeroflot to ask about my suitcase. "Oh, it's you," sighed the
Oh! he understood that for the humble soul of the Russian peasant, worn out by grief and toil, and still more by the everlasting injustice and everlasting sin, his own and the world's, it was the greatest need and comfort to find some one or something holy to fall down before and worship.Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian Soul Sayings By Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Oh! he understood that for the humble soul of the Russian peasant, worn out by
Are Russian cannibals worse than the English? Of course. The English eat only the feet, the Russians the soul. "The soul is a mirage," I told Anna Alexandrovna, but she went on eating mine anyway.Charles Simic Russian Soul Sayings By Charles Simic: Are Russian cannibals worse than the English? Of course. The English eat only the feet,
Oh, he understood very well that for the meek soul of a simple Russian, exhausted by grief and hardship and, above all, by constant injustice and sin, his own or the world's, there was no stronger need than to find a holy shrine or a saint to prostrate himself before and to worship.Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian Soul Sayings By Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Oh, he understood very well that for the meek soul of a simple Russian, exhausted
That is almost the whole of Russian literature: the phenomenal coruscations of the souls of quite commonplace people.D.H. Lawrence Russian Soul Sayings By D.H. Lawrence: That is almost the whole of Russian literature: the phenomenal coruscations of the souls of
The umbrella assertion made by Team B - and the most inflammatory - was that the previous National Intelligence Estimates "substantially misperceived the motivations behind Soviet strategic programs, and thereby tended consistently to underestimate their intensity, scope, and implicit threat." Soviet military leaders weren't simply trying to defend their territory and their people; they were readying a First Strike option, and the US intelligence community had missed it. What led to this "grave and dangerous flaw" in threat assessment, according to Team B, was an overreliance on hard technical facts, and a lamentable tendency to downplay "the large body of soft data." This "soft" data, the ideological leader of Team B, Richard Pipes, would later say, included "his deep knowledge of the Russian soul.Rachel Maddow Russian Soul Sayings By Rachel Maddow: The umbrella assertion made by Team B - and the most inflammatory - was that
They agreed, tacitly, to admire - but not covet - the red flowers. Mrs. Korjev liked the very redness of them. She had always been angry that the Communists had co-opted that color, for otherwise it would have evoked an unbridled happiness in her. Then again, the Russian soul, conditioned by a thousand years of angst, really wasn't equipped for unbridled happiness, so it was probably for the best.Christopher Moore Russian Soul Sayings By Christopher Moore: They agreed, tacitly, to admire - but not covet - the red flowers. Mrs. Korjev
Soldier! Let me cradle your head and caress your face, let me kiss your dear sweet lips and cry across the seas and whisper through the icy Russian grass how I feel for you ... Luga, Ladoga, Leningrad, Lazarevo ... Alexander, once you carried me, and now I carry you. Into my eternity, now I carry you.
Through Finland, through Sweden, to America, hand outstretched, I stand and limp forward, the galloping steed black and riderless in my wake. Your heart, your rifle, they will comfort me, they'll be my cradle and my grave.
Lazarevo drips you into my soul, dawn drop by moonlight drop from the river Kama. When you look for me, look for me there, because that's where I will be all the days of my life. (Tatiana)
Paullina Simons Russian Soul Sayings By Paullina Simons: Soldier! Let me cradle your head and caress your face, let me kiss your dear
Sonechka, meanwhile, placid soul that she was - cocooned by the thousand volumes of her reading, lulled by the hazy murmurings of the Greek myths, the hypnotically shrill recorder fluting of the Middle Ages, the misty windswept yearning of Ibsen, the minutely detailed tedium of Balzac, the astral music of Dante, the siren song of the piercing voices of Rilke and Novalis, seduced by the moralistic despair of the great Russian writers calling out to the heart of heaven itself - this placid soul had no awareness that her great moment was at hand.Lyudmila Ulitskaya Russian Soul Sayings By Lyudmila Ulitskaya: Sonechka, meanwhile, placid soul that she was - cocooned by the thousand volumes of her
The Russian did not wave or speak, but he looked directly into Billy's soul with sweet hopefulness, as though Billy might have good news for him
news he might be too stupid to understand, but good news all the same.
Kurt Vonnegut Russian Soul Sayings By Kurt Vonnegut: The Russian did not wave or speak, but he looked directly into Billy's soul with
There is a very definite Russian heart in me; that never dies. I think you're born and you live your life with it and you die with it. I'm very much an American - my books tend to be about American things, but inside there's that sort of tortured, long-suffering, aching, constantly analysing Russian soul underneath the happy American exterior.Paullina Simons Russian Soul Sayings By Paullina Simons: There is a very definite Russian heart in me; that never dies. I think you're
Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy's Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day's work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city's reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the vodka bottle empty.P.G. Wodehouse Russian Soul Sayings By P.G. Wodehouse: Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy's Russian peasants when,
There was something terrible, but also something sad and melancholy in this long cry uttered by the Russian infantry as they staged an attack. As it crossed the cold water, it lost its fervour. Instead of valour or gallantry, you could hear the sadness of a soul parting with everything that it loved, calling on its nearest and dearest to wake up, to lift their head from their pillows and hear for the last time the voice of a father, a husband, a son or a brother ...Vasily Grossman Russian Soul Sayings By Vasily Grossman: There was something terrible, but also something sad and melancholy in this long cry uttered