Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Man has only one life, and must live it so that he does not recall with pain and regret the aimless lost years, and does not blush with shame over his mean and trivial past, so that when he dies he can say, ‘All my life has been devoted to the struggle for the liberation of mankind.’
Nikolai Ostrovsky: How the Steel Was Tempered


Blogger LarryS said...

Wise words!
Oh I finally found one of your books! Thanks to I now have a copy of Four Hundred Billion Stars! BTW, not sure I asked this already but why did you decide to drop the 'J'?

November 18, 2010 3:27 pm  
Blogger PeteY said...

By a funny coincidence, I found this "Shinka proverb" in Stand on Zanzibar last night:

"You have many years to live---do things you will be proud to remember when you're old."

November 18, 2010 5:10 pm  
Anonymous Sergey said...

Wow, Paul what are reading!
Surprise for me.
In Soviet school each pupil should learn these words.

November 18, 2010 5:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems like more of an epigram than an epigraph

November 27, 2010 5:24 pm  

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