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Marina Tsvetaeva

  • I have two enemies in all the world, / Two twins, inseparably pooled: / The hunger of the hungry and the fullness of the full.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "If the Soul Was Born With Pinions" (1918), Swans' Encampment ()
  • A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "Pushkin i Pugachev" (1937), Moi Pushkin ()
  • [On Moscow:] In this city of wonder / this peaceful city / I shall be joyful, even / when I am dead.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "Verses About Moscow," in Elaine Feinstein, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • Forget us, children. Our conscience / need not belong to you. / You can be free to write the tale / of your own days and passions.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "Poems to a Son," in Elaine Feinstein, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • The wind is level now, the earth is wet with dew, / the storm of stars in the sky will turn to quiet. / And soon all of us will sleep beneath the earth, we / who never let each other sleep above it.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "I Know the Truth," in Elaine Feinstein, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • How completely and / how deeply faithless we are, which is / to say: how true we are to ourselves.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "I Know the Truth," in Elaine Feinstein, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • The gold that was my hair has turned / silently to gray. Don't pity me! / Everything's been realized, / in my breast all's blended and attuned.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • 1922, , in Elaine Feinstein, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • In this most Christian of all worlds / The poet's a Jew.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "Poem of the End" (1924), in David McDuff, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • We are fishes swimming / In the same sea.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "Poem of the End" (1924), in David McDuff, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • ... poet, once you're given a voice, / From you all else is taken.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • "There Are Happy Men and Women" (1935), in David McDuff, ed., Selected Poems ()
  • My favorite mode of communication is in the world beyond: a dream, to see in a dream. My second favorite is correspondence.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • in Elaine Feinstein, Marina Tsvetayeva ()
  • An amazing observation: it is precisely for feelings that one needs time, not for thought. ... Feelings, obviously, are more demanding than thought.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • 1927, in Lily Feiler, Marina Tsvetaeva: The Double Beat of Heaven and Hell ()
  • My verses are my diary. My poetry is a poetry of proper names.

    • Marina Tsvetaeva,
    • 1922, in Claudia Roth Pierpont, "The Rage of Aphrodite," The New Yorker ()

Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet

(1892 - 1941)

Full name: Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva.