A good lover will behave as elegantly at dawn as at any other time.


In life there are two things which are dependable. The pleasures of the flesh and the pleasures of literature.


Mathematics is the art of the perfect. Physics is the art of the optimal. Biology is the art of the satisfactory.


Я, может быть, плохой поэт, но я никогда ни на кого не донёс, ни на кого ничего не написал.

I am, may be, a bad poet, but I never secretly smeared anyone, no one falsely denounced.

Михаил Светлов. Из воспоминаний Варлама Шаламова

Svetlov, Светлов, Шаламов

Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.


We live in a world of abstraction, a world of bureaucracy and machinery, of absolute ideas and of messianism without subtlety.


To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Huxley, Travel