Frases Mikhail Lermontov

„O vanity! you are the lever by means of which Archimedes wished to lift the earth!“

—  Mikhail Lermontov, libro Un héroe de nuestro tiempo

A Hero of Our Time (1840; rev. 1841)

„I was born, so that the whole world could be a spectator
Of my triumph or my doom…“

—  Mikhail Lermontov

"Fate brought us together by chance..." (1832)
Poems

„My whole past life I live again in memory, and, involuntarily, I ask myself: 'why have I lived - for what purpose was I born?'… A purpose there must have been, and, surely, mine was an exalted destiny, because I feel that within my soul are powers immeasurable… But I was not able to discover that destiny, I allowed myself to be carried away by the allurements of passions, inane and ignoble. From their crucible I issued hard and cold as iron, but gone for ever was the glow of noble aspirations - the fairest flower of life. And, from that time forth, how often have I not played the part of an axe in the hands of fate! Like an implement of punishment, I have fallen upon the head of doomed victims, often without malice, always without pity… To none has my love brought happiness, because I have never sacrificed anything for the sake of those I have loved: for myself alone I have loved - for my own pleasure. I have only satisfied the strange craving of my heart, greedily draining their feelings, their tenderness, their joys, their sufferings - and I have never been able to sate myself. I am like one who, spent with hunger, falls asleep in exhaustion and sees before him sumptuous viands and sparkling wines; he devours with rapture the aerial gifts of the imagination, and his pains seem somewhat assuaged. Let him but awake: the vision vanishes - twofold hunger and despair remain!
And tomorrow, it may be, I shall die!… And there will not be left on earth one being who has understood me completely. Some will consider me worse, others, better, than I have been in reality… Some will say: 'he was a good fellow'; others: 'a villain.“

—  Mikhail Lermontov, libro Un héroe de nuestro tiempo

And both epithets will be false. After all this, is life worth the trouble? And yet we live - out of curiosity! We expect something new... How absurd, and yet how vexatious!
A Hero of Our Time (1840; rev. 1841)

„In people's eyes I read
Pages of malice and sin.“

—  Mikhail Lermontov

"The Prophet" (1841)
Poems

„Of two friends, one is always the slave of the other, although frequently neither acknowledges the fact to himself.“

—  Mikhail Lermontov, libro Un héroe de nuestro tiempo

A Hero of Our Time (1840; rev. 1841)

„One should never spurn a penitent criminal: in his despair he may become twice as much a criminal as before.“

—  Mikhail Lermontov, libro Un héroe de nuestro tiempo

A Hero of Our Time (1840; rev. 1841)

„And I, as I lived, in an alien land
Will die a slave and an orphan.“

—  Mikhail Lermontov, libro The Novice

"The Novice" (1839)
Poems

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