Nikolai Gogol

Literary Birthday – 31 March – Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol was born 31 March 1809, and died 4 March 1852.

Nine Quotes

  1. The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.
  2. You can’t imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays.
  3. A word aptly uttered or written cannot be cut away by an axe.
  4. However stupid a fool’s words may be, they are sometimes enough to confound an intelligent man.
  5. It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.
  6. What are you laughing at? You are laughing at yourself.
  7. Do we ever get what we really want? Do we ever achieve what our powers have ostensibly equipped us for? No: everything works by contraries.
  8. There are certain words which are nearer and dearer to a man than any others.
  9. Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord.

Nikolai Gogol was a Ukrainian-born Russian humourist, dramatist, and novelist. His novel, Dead Souls, and his short story, The Overcoat are considered the foundations of the 19th-century tradition of Russian realism.

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Posted on: 31st March 2015