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Memories are the height of poetry only when they are memories of happiness. When they graze wounds over which scars have formed they become an aching pain.
When you don't know what you're living for, you don't care how you live from one day to the next. You're happy the day has passed and the night has come, and in your sleep you bury the tedious question of what you lived for that day and what you're going to live for tomorrow.
"And he was as intelligent as other people, his soul was pure and clear as crystal; he was noble and affectionate — and yet he did nothing!" "But why? What was the reason?" "The reason... what reason was there? Oblo-movism!"
"And he was as intelligent as other people, his soul was pure and clear as crystal; he was noble and affectionate—and yet he did nothing!" "But why? What was the reason?" "The reason... what reason was there? Oblomovism!"
Yesterday one has wished, to-day one attains the madly longed-for object, and to-morrow one will blush to think that one ever desired it.
You lost your ability for doing things in childhood…It all began with your inability to put on your socks and ended by your inability to live.
No devastating or redeeming fires have ever burnt in my life…My life began by flickering out.
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Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue.
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September 27, 1891
Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov was a Russian novelist best known for his novels A Common Story, Oblomov, and The Precipice. He also served in many official capacities, including the position of censor.
A Common Story (1847)
The Precipice (1869)
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