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1799, Jun 61814-18371837, Feb 10
a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.
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06/06/1799-Alexander Pushkin, prominent Russian author, is born
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Yevgeny Baratynsky
A poet, lauded by Alexander Pushkin as the finest Russian elegiac poet. A member of the noble Baratynsky, or, more accurately, Boratynsky family (ru),...
Baron Anton Delvig
...studied in the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum together with Alexander Pushkin, and Wilhelm Küchelbecker with whom he became close...
Mikhail Lermontov
...the Caucasus", the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian...
Pyotr Pletnyov
...Academy of Sciences (1841). Pletnyov befriended the poet Alexander Pushkin, who dedicated his novel in verse Eugene Onegin...
Vasily Pushkin
...poet best known as an uncle of the much more famous Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin was a neoclassical poet and was indifferent...
Fyodor Tyutchev
...of three great Romantic poets of Russia, following Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov. Tyutchev is one of the most...
Princess Zinaida Volkonskaya
...Mickiewicz, Yevgeny Baratynsky, Dmitry Venevitinov, and Alexander Pushkin frequented her house. Pushkin's verse epistle...
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'Tis time, my friend, 'tis time! For rest the heart is aching; Days follow days in flight, and every day is taking, Fragments of being, while together you and I, Make plans to live. Look, all is dust, and we shall die.
A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.
A man who's active and incisive can yet keep nail-care much in mind: why fight what's known to be decisive? Custom is despot of mankind.
As long as there is one heart on Earth where I still live, my memory will not die.
Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.
Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths.
But even friendship like our heroes' Exist no more; for we've outgrown All sentiments and deem men zeroes-- Except of course ourselves alone. We all take on Napoleon's features, And millions of our fellow creatures Are nothing more to us than tools... Since feelings are for freaks and fools. Eugene, of course, had keen perceptions And on the whole despised mankind, Yet wasn't, like so many, blind; And since each rule permits exceptions, He did respect a noble few, And, cold himself, gave warmth its due.
Cabbage soup and barley. They're Russia's national food. Both excellent in their way, but a shade monotonous.
Don't be sad, don't be angry, if life deceives you! Submit to your grief - your time for joy will come, believe me.
Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.
Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool.
Habit is Heaven's own redress: it takes the place of happiness.
I am married and happy. My only wish is that nothing will change.
I do not like Moscow life. You live here not as you want to live, but as old women want you to.
I have outlasted all desire, My dreams and I have grown apart; My grief alone is left entire, The gleamings of an empty heart. The storms of ruthless dispensation Have struck my flowery garland numb, I live in lonely desolation And wonder when my end will come. Thus on a naked tree-limb, blasted By tardy winter's whistling chill, A single leaf which has outlasted Its season will be trembling still.
I loved you: and, it may be, from my soul The former love has never gone away, But let it not recall to you my dole; I wish not sadden you in any way. I loved you silently, without hope, fully, In diffidence, in jealousy, in pain; I loved you so tenderly and truly, As let you else be loved by any man.
I loved you; even now I may confess, Some embers of my love their fire retain; But do not let it cause you more distress, I do not want to sadden you again. Hopeless and tongue tied, yet I loved you dearly With pangs the jealous and the timid know; So tenderly I loved you, so sincerely, I pray God grant another love you so.
I want to understand you, I study your obscure language.
I was not born to amuse the Tsars.
I've lived to bury my desires and see my dreams corrode with rust now all that's left are fruitless fires that burn my empty heart to dust. Struck by the clouds of cruel fate My crown of Summer bloom is sere Alone and sad, I watch and wait And wonder if the end is near. As conquered by the last cold air When Winter whistles in the wind Alone upon a branch that's bare A trembling leaf is left behind.
If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason.
In this, our age of infamy Man's choice is but to be A tyrant, traitor, prisoner: No other choice has he.
Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry.
It is better to have dreamed a thousand dreams that never were than never to have dreamed at all.
It's a lucky man, a very lucky man, who is committed to what he believes, who has stifled intellectual detachment and can relax in the luxury of his emotions - like a tipsy traveller resting for the night at wayside inn.
I’ve lived to bury my desires, And see my dreams corrode with rust; Now all that’s left are fruitless fires That burn my empty heart to dust.
Love passed, the Muse appeared, the weather of mind got clarity new-found; now free, I once more weave together emotion, thought, and magic sound.
Mistress-like, its brilliance vain, highly capricious and inane.
Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions when we can invent little else to justify our actions.
Moscow... how many strains are fusing in that one sound, for Russian hearts! What store of riches it imparts!
My dreams, my dreams! What has become of their sweetness? What indeed has become of my youth?
My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you.
Play interests me very much," said Hermann: "but I am not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous.
Please, never despise the translator. He's the mailman of human civilization.
Sad that our finest aspiration, Our freshest dreams and meditations, In swift succession should decay, Like Autumn leaves that rot away.
Somewhere between obsession and compulsion is impulse.
Thank you, darling, for learning to play chess. It is an absolute necessity for any well organized family.
The less we show our love to a woman, Or please her less, and neglect our duty, The more we trap and ruin her surely, In the flattering toils of philandery.
Then came a moment of renaissance, I looked up - you again are there, A fleeting vision, the quintessence Of all that`s beautiful and rare.
There yet remains but one concluding tale, And then this chronicle of mine is ended - Fulfilled, the duty God ordained to me, A sinner. Not without purpose did the Lord, Put me to witness much for many years, And educate me in the love of books. One day some indefatigable monk, Will find my conscientious, unsigned work; Like me, he will light up his ikon-lamp, And, shaking from the scroll the age-old dust, He will transcribe these tales in all their truth.
Thus people--so it seems to me-- Become good friends from sheer ennui.
To love all ages yield surrender; But to the young it's raptures bring A blessing bountiful and tender- As storms refresh the fields of spring.
Try to be forgotten. Go live in the country. Stay in mourning for two years, then remarry, but choose somebody decent.
Two fixed ideas can no more exist together in the moral world than two bodies can occupy one and the same place in the physical world.
Unrequited love is not an affront to man but raises him.
With womankind, the less we love them, the easier they become to charm.
Write for pleasure and publish for money.
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 an American writer on agriculture. In 1842 he started the American Agriculturist in partnership w...
William Benton Clulow18021835
 
18651882, Apr 16
 an English dissenting minister, tutor and writer. Clulow was a native of Leek, Staffordshire, and...
William Gilmore Simms1806, Apr 171825
 
18661870, Jun 11
 a poet, novelist and historian from the American South. His writings achieved great prominence du...
Menachem Mendel Schneersohn1789, Sep 91831
 
18661866, Mar 17
 an Orthodox rabbi, leading 19th century posek, and the third Rebbe (spiritual leader) of the Chab...
Elizabeth Caroline Grey17981820
 
18671869
 a prolific English author of over 30 romance novels, silver fork novels, Gothic novels, sensation...
Antoine-Henri Jomini1779, Mar 61798
 
18691869, Mar 24
 a Swiss officer who served as a general in the French and later in the Russian service, and one o...
John P. Kennedy1795, Oct 251819
 
18701870, Aug 18
 an American novelist and Whig politician who served as United States Secretary of the Navy from J...
Charles Dickens1812, Feb 71832
 
18701870, Jun 9
 an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characte...
Mary Fairfax Somerville1780, Dec 261811
 
18721872, Nov 29
 a Scottish science writer and polymath, at a time when women's participation in science was disco...
Charles Darwin1809, Feb 121827
 
18721882, Apr 19
 an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution...
George Catlin1796, Jul 261830
 
18721872, Dec 23
 an American painter, author, and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the...
Anyos Jedlik1800, Jan 111817
 
18731895, Dec 13
 a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist, and Benedictine priest. He was also a member of the Hu...
Edward Bulwer-Lytton1803, May 251825
 
18731873, Jan 18
 an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was immensely popular with the reading ...
William Lloyd Garrison1805, Dec 101830
 
18731879, May 23
 was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best kn...
William Cullen Bryant1794, Nov 31815
 
18741878, Jun 12
 American romantic poet, journalist and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. "Thanatopsi...
Eugene Viollet-le-Duc1814, Jan 271830
 
18741879, Sep 17
 a French architect and theorist, famous for his interpretive "restorations" of medieval buildings...
John Stevens Cabot Abbott1805, Sep 191834
 
18761877, Jun 17
 an American historian, pastor, and pedagogical writer. He was a voluminous writer of books on Chr...
Pyotr Vyazemsky1792, Jul 231813
 
18771878, Nov 22
 a leading personality of the Golden Age of Russian poetry. In the 1820s Vyazemsky was the most co...
Thomas Carlyle1795, Dec 41821
 
18781881, Feb 5
 a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the ...
Zachariah Allen1795, Sep 151815
 
18791882, Mar 17
 an American textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader from Provi...
Fernan Caballero1796, Dec 241821
 
18791877, Apr 7
 the pseudonym adopted from the name of a village in the province of Ciudad Real by the Spanish no...
Jacob Abbott1803, Nov 141825
 
18791879, Oct 31
 an American writer of children's books. He was a prolific author, writing juvenile fiction, brief...
Orson Pratt1811, Sep 191831
 
18791881, Oct 3
 an American mathematician and religious leader who was an original member of the Quorum of Twelve...
Giuseppe Garibaldi1807, Jul 41833
 
18791882, Jun 2
 an Italian general, politician and nationalist who played a large role in the history of Italy. H...
Charles Reade1814, Jun 81835
 
18791884, Apr 11
 an English novelist and dramatist, best known for The Cloister and the Hearth. Reade began his li...
Ralph Waldo Emerson18031836
 
18791882
 an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th c...
Benjamin Disraeli1804, Dec 211826
 
18801881, Apr 19
 a British politician and writer, who twice served as Prime Minister. He played a central role in ...
William Swan Plumer1802, Jul 261834
 
18801880, Oct 22
 an American clergyman, theologian and author who was recognized as an intellectual leader of the ...
Leonard Bacon1802, Feb 191825
 
18811881, Dec 24
 an American Congregational preacher and writer. He held the pulpit of the First Church New Haven ...
John William Draper1811, May 51832
 
18811882, Jan 4
 an English-American scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer. He is...
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1807, Feb 271824
 
18821882, Mar 24
 an American poet and educator whose works include Paul Revere's Ride, The Song of Hiawatha, and E...
Gottfried Kinkel1815, Aug 111836
 
18821882, Nov 12
 a German poet also noted for his revolutionary activities and his escape from a Prussian prison i...
Karl Marx1818, May 51836
 
18821883, Mar 14
 a philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Born in Prussia t...
Amos Bronson Alcott17991823
 
18841888
 an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways...
Thomas William Webb1807, Dec 141829
 
18851885, May 19
 a British astronomer. Through his career T. W. Webb served as a clergyman at various places inclu...
Dion Boucicault1820/22, Dec 261834
 
18851890, Sep 18
 an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas. His first play, A Legend of the Devil's D...
Sarah T. Bolton1814, Dec 81828
 
18861893, Aug 5
 an American poet and activist. She has been called Indiana's "pioneer poet" and is best known for...
James Freeman Clarke1810, Apr 41833
 
18881888, Jun 8
 an American theologian and author. In 1839 he returned to Boston where he and his friends establi...
Theodore Sedgwick Fay1807, Feb 101828
 
18891898, Nov 17
 a writer from the United States who spent much of his life in Germany. Fay initially worked as a ...
John Ruskin1819, Feb 81829
 
18891900, Jan 20
 the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, water...
Robert Browning1812, May 71833
 
18891889, Dec 12
 an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremo...
Napoleon Aubin1812, Nov 91829
 
18901890, Jun 12
 a Canadian journalist, publisher, playwright, and scientist. Born in Geneva, Aubin sailed to the ...
Alfred, Lord Tennyson18091827
 
18911892
  Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains on...
John Greenleaf Whittier1807, Dec 171826
 
18921892, Sep 7
 an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently...
John Greenleaf Adams18101831
 
18971897
 co-editor with Dr. E.H. Chapin of the Universalist Hymns for Christian Devotion and alone for the...
George Dod Armstrong1813, Sep 151832
 
18991899, May 11
 a Presbyterian minister and author born in Mendham, New Jersey. In 1855 his family was nearly des...
Philip James Bailey1816, Apr 221834
 
19011902, Sep 6
 an English Spasmodic poet, best known as the author of his one voluminous poem, Festus, first pub...
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