Humorous Quotes from George Mike's
The Spy who died of Boredom
- ‘Damn Makarov!’ said Sergey Alexandrovitch Orlovsky, banging down his glass. ('Damn Makarov' is, in fact a feeble translation of what he really said. The Russian language is rich and imaginative and Seryoshka knew his mother tongue well.)
- ‘Have you ever heard of Professor Parkinsov?’
‘Arkady Fyedorovich Parkinsov, Professor of State Administration at Minsk University? The man who won two Stalin Prizes?’
‘It wasn’t his fault. In spite of that, he is a brilliant man.'
- A great deal of the pupils’ time was spent going through, once again, the History of the Communist (Bolshevik) Party of the Soviet Union. He had learnt it at elementary school; at secondary school; at his sports club; at the Komsomol; at the university; at a folk dancing course; at the chess-club.
- He was seventy six years old but a young seventy-six, looking not a day older than seventy-four.
- Was he joking? Was he being sarcastic? Aggressive? Impertinent? Or just courteous? There was no telling from his impassive face. What a country, he thought despairingly. In Russia you always knew. If a man made a stern face he was threatening; if he was laughing uproariously, he was joking.
- In Moscow they do not pay much attention to the living but keep their cemeteries in a splendid state.
- He who is doomed to the gallows will never be drowned.
- Without bowing to the ground one cannot even pick a mushroom.
- The secretary – with a sour face but perhaps she had no other – went into her boss’s room.
- Was he still drunk? No, he was not. He was sober as a judge. Well, some judges.
- Sex was not invented by us. Even the old reactionaries of Russia, the Czarist, pre-Lenin feudal landlords, knew about sex. Some authorities say that even the Romans practiced it.
- Oriana drove recklessly but skillfully, she was a compulsive overtaker of everything that moved.
- He must be much more worried than usual, and no wonder: the life of a Russian high official was, even in so-called normal times, more perilous than the life of a professional bear-hunter and lion-tamer.
- What the hell can I do? Stalin’s days are over. And I wouldn’t kill four million people even if Stalin’s days weren’t over. I’m a humane man. I wouldn’t kill more than a million however great the emergency.
- Arkady opened his briefcase and took out a tin of dog food. Near the top was the legend: BALLANTYNE’S PUPPY FOOD. BEST IN THE WORLD. RECOMMENDED BY EXPERTS. Were these experts dogs or humans? Arkady wondered.
- The only difference between the honest man and the crook being that the honest man will always find some moral justification for his misdeeds. The crook has the courage and decency to be crooked.
- Arkady kept thinking about a letter he had received from a friend some time before. It began: “The first half of my news is bad. So is the second half.’ He felt, and feared, that this might be his story too.
- Both were wearing dirty blue jeans; both walked with the same lolling gait; both had long hair. It was impossible to tell the boy from the girl, except that the boy was wearing ear-rings.
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