Quotes from The Inspector General

Nikolai Gogol ·  80 pages

Rating: (9.3K votes)

“It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.”
― Nikolai Gogol, quote from The Inspector General

“What are you laughing at? You are laughing at yourself.”
― Nikolai Gogol, quote from The Inspector General

“GOVERNOR. And then I must call your attention to the history teacher. He has a lot of learning in his head and a store of facts. That's evident. But he lectures with such ardor that he quite forgets himself. Once I listened to him. As long as he was talking about the Assyrians and Babylonians, it was not so bad. But when he reached Alexander of Macedon, I can't describe what came over him. Upon my word, I thought a fire had broken out. He jumped down from the platform, picked up a chair and dashed it to the floor. Alexander of Macedon was a hero, it is true. But that's no reason for breaking chairs. The state must bear the cost.”
― Nikolai Gogol, quote from The Inspector General

“The more debris there is the more it will show the governor's activity.”
― Nikolai Gogol, quote from The Inspector General

“You can always tell a pig by its grunt.”
― Nikolai Gogol, quote from The Inspector General

Lo mismo debo hacerle notar con respecto al maestro de historia. Es un sabio (eso es evidente, sabe mucho), pero se expresa con tanta vehemencia, que se olvida de todo. Días pasados lo estuve escuchando. Mientras hablaba de los asirios y los babilonios, todo iba bien, pero cuando llegó a Alejandro el Grande lo que pasó no tiene nombre. ¡Creí que se había incendiado el aula, se lo juro! ¡Bajó corriendo de la tarima y empezó a golpear furiosamente el suelo con la silla! Claro está que Alejandro el Grande es un héroe, pero... ¿a qué romper las sillas? Eso perjudica al fisco.

Luká Lúkich:
¡Sí, es muy vehemente! Ya se lo he hecho notar varias veces... Y me contestó: «¿Qué quiere que haga? ¡Yo daría la vida por la ciencia!»”
― Nikolai Gogol, quote from The Inspector General

About the author

Nikolai Gogol
Born place: in Sorochyntsi, Poltava guberniya, Ukraine
Born date March 31, 1809
See more on GoodReads

Popular quotes

“A million million million million (1 with twenty-four zeros after it) miles, the size of the observable universe.”
― Stephen Hawking, quote from A Brief History of Time

“Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias.”
― Leigh Bardugo, quote from Six of Crows

“More to the point, I know why soldiers, home from war, seldom tell their families about their exploits in more than general terms. We who survive must go on in the names of those who fall, but if we dwell too much on the vivid details of what we've witnessed of man's inhumanity to man, we simply can't go on. perseverance is impossible if we don't permit ourselves to hope.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from Odd Thomas

“Angelic Sookie, vision of love and beauty, I am prostrate that the wicked evil maenad violated your smooth and voluptuous body, in an attempt to deliver a message to me. -Eric”
― Charlaine Harris, quote from Living Dead in Dallas

“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”
― Jennifer Niven, quote from All the Bright Places

Interesting books

The Beck Diet Solution
The Beck Diet Soluti...
by Judith S. Beck
The Solace of Leaving Early
The Solace of Leavin...
by Haven Kimmel
Popular Music from Vittula
Popular Music from V...
by Mikael Niemi
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Stones Into Schools:...
by Greg Mortenson
Good Harbor
Good Harbor
by Anita Diamant
Book of Love
Book of Love
by Abra Ebner

About BookQuoters

BookQuoters is a community of passionate readers who enjoy sharing the most meaningful, memorable and interesting quotes from great books. As the world communicates more and more via texts, memes and sound bytes, short but profound quotes from books have become more relevant and important. For some of us a quote becomes a mantra, a goal or a philosophy by which we live. For all of us, quotes are a great way to remember a book and to carry with us the author’s best ideas.

We thoughtfully gather quotes from our favorite books, both classic and current, and choose the ones that are most thought-provoking. Each quote represents a book that is interesting, well written and has potential to enhance the reader’s life. We also accept submissions from our visitors and will select the quotes we feel are most appealing to the BookQuoters community.

Founded in 2023, BookQuoters has quickly become a large and vibrant community of people who share an affinity for books. Books are seen by some as a throwback to a previous world; conversely, gleaning the main ideas of a book via a quote or a quick summary is typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. We feel that we have the best of both worlds at BookQuoters; we read books cover-to-cover but offer you some of the highlights. We hope you’ll join us.