Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Quote of the Day (Alexander Pushkin, on One “Whose Heart Experience Has Chilled’)

“Blest he who’s given to believing,
  Who sets aside cold intellect,
  Whose heart, enjoying bliss delightful,
  Rests like a traveller drunk at nightfall
  Or (gentler) like a butterfly
  That settles on a flower near by;
  But sad is he who lacks illusion,
  Whose head is steady, never stirred,
  Who hates each impulse, every word,
  Foreseeing always their conclusion;
  Whose heart experience has chilled,
  Whose urge to reverie is stilled.”—Russian poet, playwright, and fiction writer Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (1833), translated by Stanley Mitchell (2008)

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