Nina Berberova

Nina Berberova

Russian writer, literary critic
I wanted to write; I sought all possible paths of personal liberation, but I could never sacrifice a living instant of life for the sake of a line to be written, my balance for the sake of a manuscript, a storm within me for the sake of a poem. I loved life itself too much for this.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[On Paris:] It exists, constant, eternal, surrounding us who live in it, and it is in us. We love it or hate it, but we cannot escape it. It is a circle of associations in which man exists, being himself a circle of associations. Having entered it and come out of it we are not what we were before knowing it: it devoured us, we devoured it, and the problem is not did we or didn't we want it. We consumed each other. It courses in our blood.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For many years I used the pronoun 'we.' Now, as in my youth, I go to sleep and wake up alone.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
This is my main shortcoming: I was so determined not to lose time that I often did the wrong thing. Not losing time has been my permanent concern since I was three years old, when it dawned on me that time is the warp of life, its very fabric, something that you cannot buy, trade, steal, falsify, or obtain by begging.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The idea came to me that I was, am, and will be, but perhaps will not become. This did not scare me. There was for me in being an intensity I did not feel in becoming.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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