Nina Berberova

Nina Berberova

Russian writer, literary critic
I think that an anthill is better than a nest ... that in the anthill among a hundred thousand or a million you are freer than in a nest, where all sit around and look at one another, waiting until scientists finally discover ways to make us mind readers. ... the psychology of the nest is loathsome to me, and I always sympathize with one who flees his nest, even if he flees into an anthill, where it may be crowded but one can find solitude - that most natural, most worthy state of man, that precious and intense state oMore Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had learnt to seek intensity — more of life, a concentrated sense of life.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Paris is not a city, it is the image, the symbol of France, its today and yesterday, the reflection of its history, its geography and its hidden essence.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[On New York:] ... a city rose before me. It was narrow and tall like a gothic temple, surrounded by water, and ... it suddenly appeared, as if with a slight push it detached itself out of the invisible into the visible.More Nina Berberova quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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]

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