Literary Birthday – 6 June – Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin was born 6 June 1799, and died 10 February 1837. 

Five Quotes

  1. I was not born to amuse the Tsars.
  2. Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions when we can invent little else to justify our actions.
  3. Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry.
  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.
  5. Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths.

Alexander Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin wrote his famous play, Boris Godunov, under the surveillance of the Tsar’s political police. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialised between 1825 and 1832. Pushkin fought 29 duels, the last of which ended his life when he was 37.

Source for Image: Orest Kiprensky, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 6th June 2013