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The Suitcase

Sergei Dovlatov

Top 10 Best Quotes

“There's a reason every book, even one that isn't very serious, is shaped like a suitcase”

“Our life is but a grain of sand in the indifferent ocean of infinity.”

“If Hemingway is to believed, poverty is an invaluable school for a writer. Poverty makes a man clear-sighted. And so on. It's interesting that Hemingway realized this only when he became rich.”

“Most people consider problems whose solutions don't suit them to be insoluble. And they constantly ask questions to which they don't need truthful answers.”

“We didn’t raise our daughter, we merely loved her.”

“I looked at the empty suitcase. On the bottom was Karl Marx. On the lid was Brodsky. And between them, my lost, precious, only life.”

“You can divide the world into two kinds of people: those who ask, and those who answer. Those who pose questions, and those who frown in irritation in response.”

“No point in arguing. But of course I argued.”

“I decided to "find myself" in monumental sculpture. Alas, monumental sculpture is a very conservative genre. The cause is the monumentality itself. You can secretly write novels and symphonies. You can secretly experiment on canvas. But just try to hide a twelve-foot-high sculpture!”

“Leger died a Communist, having fallen once and for all for the greatest charlatanism of all times. It may be that, like many artists, he was stupid”

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