Friday, October 16, 2009

Correspondence #11

Whatever our literature may be, it has greater significance for us than may appear: in it and it alone, is contained the whole of our intellectual life and all the poetry of our life.

Belinsky 1840s

We obtained literature by our own efforts, it is a product of our own life, and that is why we love it so much and hold it so dear, why we pin our hopes on it.

Dostoevsky 1860s

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