Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mulling it over.............

"Keep reading books, but remember that a book's only a
book, and you should learn to think for yourself."
-Maxim Gorky, nee Alexei Maximovich Peshkov

"At the heart of all his work was a belief in the inherent worth and potential of the human person (личность, 'lichnost'). In his writing, he counterposed individuals, aware of their natural dignity, and inspired by energy and will, with people who succumb to the degrading conditions of life around them. Both his writings and his letters reveal a "restless man" (a frequent self-description) struggling to resolve contradictory feelings of faith and skepticism, love of life and disgust at the vulgarity and pettiness of the human world."
-Wikipedia entry on Gorky

Not sure how to square that description with the fact
that "Gorky" translates "bitter."   Oh, well.

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