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29+ quotes from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Quotes from The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov ·  367 pages

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“But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“You're not Dostoevsky,' said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev. Well, who knows, who knows,' he replied.
'Dostoevsky's dead,' said the citizeness, but somehow not very confidently.
'I protest!' Behemoth exclaimed hotly. 'Dostoevsky is immortal!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“manuscripts don't burn" - "(рукописи не горят)”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Follow me, reader! Who told you that there is no true, faithful, eternal love in this world! May the liar's vile tongue be cut out! Follow me, my reader, and me alone, and I will show you such a love!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“But what can be done, the one who loves must share the fate of the one he loves.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Yes, man is mortal, but that would be only half the trouble. The worst of it is that he's sometimes unexpectedly mortal—there's the trick!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Is that vodka?" Margarita asked weakly.
The cat jumped up in his seat with indignation.
"I beg pardon, my queen," he rasped, "Would I ever allow myself to offer vodka to a lady? This is pure alcohol!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Cowardice is the most terrible of vices.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Love leaped out in front of us like a murderer in an alley leaping out of nowhere, and struck us both at once. As lightning strikes, as a Finnish knife strikes! She, by the way, insisted afterwards that it wasn’t so, that we had, of course, loved each other for a long, long time, without knowing each other, never having seen each other… ”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You're asked an unexpected question, you don't even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you away. But the truth, alas, has been disturbed by the question, and it rises up from the depths of your soul to flicker in your eyes and all is lost.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Punch a man on the nose, kick an old man downstairs, shoot somebody or any old thing like that, that’s my job. But argue with women in love—no thank you!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Just like a murderer jumps out of nowhere in an alley, love jumped out in front of us and struck us both at once”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Most bad," the host concluded. "If you ask me, something sinister lurks in men who avoid wine, games, the company of lovely women, and dinnertime conversation. Such people are either gravely ill or secretly detest everyone around them.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“The tongue may hide the truth but the eyes—never!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“You are not Dostoevsky,' said the woman...
'You never can tell...' he answered.
'Dostoevsky is dead,' the woman said, a bit uncertainly.
'I protest!' he said with heat, 'Dostoevsky is immortal!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“And now tell me, why is it that you use me words "good people" all the time? Do you call everyone that, or what?
- Everyone, - the prisoner replied. - There are no evil people in the world.

(- А теперь скажи мне, что это ты все время употребляешь слова добрые
люди"? Ты всех, что ли, так называешь?
- Всех, - ответил арестант, - злых людей нет на свете.)”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Actually, I do happen to resemble a hallucination. Kindly note my silhouette in the moonlight." The cat climbed into the shaft of moonlight and wanted to keep talking but was asked to be quiet. "Very well, I shall be silent," he replied, "I shall be a silent hallucination.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Why try to pursue what is completed?”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Once upon a time there was a lady. She had no children, and no happiness either. And at first she cried for a long time, but then she became wicked...”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“There is no greater misfortune in the world than the loss of reason.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Who told you that there is no true, faithful, eternal love in this world! May the liar’s vile tongue be cut out!”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Azazello begged her not to worry, assuring her that he had seen not only naked women but also women with their skin flayed clean off”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Margarita was never short of money. She could buy whatever she liked. Her husband had plenty of interesting friends. Margarita never had to cook. Margarita knew nothing of the horrors of living in a shared flat. In short... was she happy? Not for a moment.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“and a fact is the most stubborn thing in the world.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“Not causing trouble, not touching anything, fixing the primus.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“The most amazing combinations can result if you shuffle the pack enough.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


“I wouldn’t like to meet you when you’ve got a revolver,” said Margarita with a coquettish look at Azazello. She had a passion for people who did things well.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, quote from The Master and Margarita


About the author

Mikhail Bulgakov
Born place: in Kyiv, Ukraine
Born date May 15, 1891
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