Eugene Onegin Quotes.

1. "10 / Sgoráya négoy i toskóy : Both nouns belong to the vaguely evocative type of romantic locution so frequent in Eugene Onegin and so difficult to render by exact English words. Nega ranges from mollitude (Fr. mollesse) , i.e., soft luxuriance, dulcitude, through various shades of amorous pensiveness, douce paresse, and sensual tenderness to outright voluptuousness (Fr. volupté). The translator has to be careful here not to overdo in English what Pushkin is on the point of doing in the Russian when he makes his maiden burn with all the French languors of flesh and fancy."
- Vladimir Nabokov, Eugene Onegin

2. "My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you..."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

3. "My dreams, my dreams! What has become of their sweetness? What indeed has become of my youth?"
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

4. "It's a lucky man, a very lucky man, who is committed to what he believes, who has stifled intellectual detachment and can relax in the luxury of his emotions - like a tipsy traveller resting for the night at wayside inn."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

5. "Thus people--so it seems to me-- Become good friends from sheer ennui."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

6. "He filled a shelf with a small army of books and read and read; but none of it made sense. .. They were all subject to various cramping limitations: those of the past were outdated, and those of the present were obsessed with the past."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

7. "But even friendship like our heroes' Exist no more; for we've outgrown All sentiments and deem men zeroes-- Except of course ourselves alone. We all take on Napoleon's features, And millions of our fellow creatures Are nothing more to us than tools... Since feelings are for freaks and fools. Eugene, of course, had keen perceptions And on the whole despised mankind, Yet wasn't, like so many, blind; And since each rule permits exceptions, He did respect a noble few, And, cold himself, gave warmth its due."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

8. "..depression still kept guard on him, and chased after him like a shadow - or like a faithful wife."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

9. "Чем меньше женщину мы любим, Тем легче нравимся мы ей, И тем ее вернее губим Средь обольстительных сетей."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

10. "People are so like their first mother Eve: what they are given doesn't take their fancy. The serpent is forever enticing them to come to him, to the tree of mystery. They must have the forbidden fruit, or paradise will not be paradise for them."
- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

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