Boris Pasternak

Russia
10 Feb 1890 // 30 May 1960
Poet / Writer

Where Dreams Come From

About dreams. It is usually taken for granted that you dream of something that has made a particularly strong impression on you during the day, but it seems to me itīs just the contrary. Often itīs something you paid no attention to at the time - a vague thought that you didnīt bother to think out to the end, words spoken without feeling and which passed unnoticed - these are the things that return at night, clothed in flesh and blood, and they become the subjects of dreams, as if to make up for having been ignored during waking hours.

Boris Pasternak, in 'Doctor Zhivago'
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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