A Hero of Our Time
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"A Hero of Our Time" Quotes

By Mikhail Lermontov

classics | 208 pages | Published in 2001

A masterpiece of Russian prose, Lermontov's only novel was influential for many later 19th century authors, including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov. Lermotov's hero, Pechorin, is a dangerous man, Byronic in his wasted gifts and his cynicism, and desperate for any kind of action that will stave off boredom. In five linked episodes, Lermontov builds up a portrait of a man caught in and expressing the sickness of his times.

ISBN_13:9781101057216
ISBN_10:1101057211

Quotes

I don't know if it is life that is wrong, or I am; but as it is we won't get along for long.

Mikhail Lermontov

We were born to suffer, to work, and to love.

Mikhail Lermontov

The future is a dream; the past is the twilight; only the present is reality.

Mikhail Lermontov

One should always take care when comparing a woman to a book; she never brings back the same emotion one is desperately looking for.

Mikhail Lermontov

I assure you, my experiences have not been what one would call favorable...

Mikhail Lermontov

What is truth? Truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.

Mikhail Lermontov

I am the one who makes it my business to be delighted in people, and yet nothing ever goes right for me in a relationship.

Mikhail Lermontov

I threw a world away for the sake of one book, and cursed the stupidity of the one who had brought me to this constraint.

Mikhail Lermontov

There was no such thing as joy. Joy was only the value that suffering put upon its abolition.

Mikhail Lermontov

I was not born for happiness. Men like me are born for suffering.

Mikhail Lermontov