But wise is the man who disdains no character, but with searching glance explores him to the root and cause of all.

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Russian

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Around the windows and above the doors were a multitude of small pictures, which you grow accustomed to regard as spots on the wall, and which you never look at.

I saw that I'd get nowhere on the straight path, and that to go crookedly was straighter.

Let me warn you, if you start chasing after views, you'll be left without bread and without views.

I here ask pardon of all my compatriots for everything of which I have been guilty towards them. I know that, by my ill-considered and immature works, I have brought distress to many and that I have even provoked others to attack me openly and, in general, have produced displeasure in many.

The Lord grant we may all be tillers of the soil.

But youth has a future. The closer he came to graduation, the more his heart beat. He said to himself: This is still not life, this is only the preparation for life.

I am very fond of the theatre. If I have only a kopeck in my pocket, I always go there. Most of my fellow-officials are uneducated boors, and never enter a theatre unless one throws free tickets at their head.

And at last he began prancing up and down and rubbing his hands, and humming and murmuring, and putting his fist to his mouth blew a march on it as on a trumpet, and even uttered aloud a few encouraging words and nicknames addressed to himself, such as bulldog and little cockerel.

Even a stone has its uses, and man who is the most intelligent of all creatures must be of some use, hasn't he?

Beauty works perfect miracles. All inner shortcomings in a beauty, instead of causing repugnance, become somehow extraordinarily attractive; vice itself breathes comeliness in them; but if it were to disappear, then a woman would have to be twenty times more intelligent than a man in order to inspire, if not love, at least respect.

The more debris there is the more it will show the governor's activity.

There are passions that it is not for man to choose.

This world is full of the most outrageous nonsense. Sometimes things happen which you would hardly think possible.

And for long years to come I am destined by some strange fate to walk hand in hand with my odd heroes, to gaze at life in its vast movement, to gaze upon it through laughter seen by the world and tears unseen and unknown by it!