Quotes from book
Doctor Zhivago

Borís PasternakOriginal title Доктор Живаго (Russian, 1957)

Doctor Zhivago is a novel by Boris Pasternak, first published in 1957 in Italy. The novel is named after its protagonist, Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, and takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II.


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„She was here on earth to make sense of its wild enchantments.“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

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„How wonderful to be alive," he thought. "But why does it always hurt?“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago (1957)
Source: El doctor Zhivago

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„I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and of little value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

Variant: I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
Source: Doctor Zhivago

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„I hate everything you say, but not enough to kill you for it.“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

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„To be a woman is a great adventure;
To drive men mad is a heroic thing.“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

Source: Doctor Zhivago

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„I love you wildly, insanely, infinitely.“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

Variant: I love you madly, irrationally, infinitely.
Source: Doctor Zhivago (1957)

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„And so it turned out that only a life similar to the life of those around us, merging with it without a ripple, is genuine life, and that an unshared happiness is not happiness…“

—  Borís Pasternak, book Doctor Zhivago

И вот оказалось, что только жизнь, похожая на жизнь окружающих и среди нее бесследно тонущая, есть жизнь настоящая, что счастье обособленное не есть счастье...
As quoted in The Reporter, Volume 19, 1958
Doctor Zhivago (1957)

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