Yerevan State University Ijevan Branch

“THE FOOL DO NOT THINK HE IS WISE, BUT THE WISE MAN KNOWS HIMSELF TO BE A FOOL” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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YSU Ijevan Branch is pleased to share quotes by a renowned writer William Shakespeare.

  1. “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break” 
  2. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep”
  3. “Love like a shadow flies when substance love pursues
  4. Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues” 
  5. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  6. All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. Good night, good night!
  7. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
  8. How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
  9. Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
  10. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
  11. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
  12. There is no darkness but ignorance.
  13. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
  14. There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
  15. My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.
  16. Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
  17. Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
  18. False face must hide what the false heart doth know. Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
  19. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.
  20. Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
  21. ‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.
  22. Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.
  23. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
  24. Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
  25. Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
  26. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.
  27. Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.
  28. Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
  29. Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
  30. We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from… Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.
  31. If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.
  32. Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
  33. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
  34. I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!
  35. There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.
  36. I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.
  37. Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
  38. There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
  39. Now is the winter of our discontent.
  40. “Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.”
  41. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
  42. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
  43. Men at some time are masters of their fates:
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings
  44. My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
    Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
  45. Young men’s love then lies
    Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”
  46. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.”
  47. …be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”
  48. Lord, what fools these mortals be!’
  49. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’
  50. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.’

 

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND ANYTHING IN AN ARMENIAN? BY NUMBER, PERHAPS THE SMALLEST BUT SUPERIOR TO ALL WITH SUFFERINGS, THE MOST ANCIENT IN TIME, THE MOST UNCHANGING IN FATE…” DERENIK DEMIRCHIAN

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“Do you understand anything in an Armenian? What an unusual, mysterious, and deceptive creature. Only a facade. And he himself, how to describe him? To seek his essence is wasted effort. You find it and immediately see that this is a facade again. He has a restless face and does not allow to picture himself.

His national image is also unusual. By number, Armenians are perhaps the smallest but superior to all with sufferings, the most ancient in time, the most unchanging in fate. The position of his country is the most disadvantageous, and an Armenian clings to his country harder than others.

How hopeless his future seems, but what hopes he has! Note that in life, he is completely unfamiliar with two things, two extremes – luck and despair. How do you know him, how do you measure him? His measure is an amazing balance in the extremes!

Look, is this Armenian, a bourgeois merchant, the pettiest of all creatures and the most well-fed of all animals? How ruthlessly he is humiliated – is he able to measure the high matters of our world? He won’t invest a penny in a public cause. And one day, you see that he died, having bequeathed his whole fortune to the society. Go ahead and understand what kind of a person he was.

Take a look at this porter. A real pack animal: shouldering a whole mountain, he bends and breaks his back. Does he work or destroy himself? Is it self-revenge, or what? Who is he angry with if he punishes himself? How much strength, how much diligence!

Take him as a servant in your house. Heartless, talentless, lazy. What’s on his mind? To collect some money to open his own shop. He wants to be not a servant but the owner of his business and his piece of bread. And now, an Armenian equals an owner… But have you seen him as a refugee? What a lazy beggar.

Offer the most profitable job, he will refuse. Let the community give, and he will eat. And he will die of hunger, silent, homeless, as if out of spite. And this is the same peasant who had fiercely dug the land yesterday, worked and squeezed everything out of it, pouring out his soul.

There is no other animal that works as hard in its field. He gathers the harvest as if he will live forever and won’t leave anything to anyone. But enter his hut – thieves, people, wolves, and dogs feed at his expense. They eat his bread as if from the table of the forefather Abraham.

Did you see his dwelling, this mole hole? But go around his country – what wonderful monasteries, grand fortresses, elegant khachkars (stone crosses)! Can we believe that he erected all this? Listen to his conversations – half of the curses are addressed to the Church and God.

He has flooded his country with churches, and he himself will not go in to pray even once a year. And in everyday life, he will not pray or preach his faith to others. Is it possible to believe that his history is the history of the greatest religious wars, that through the lips of Narekatsi, this non-praying tribe put prayer to the Lord above everything?

He does not tolerate rites, formalities, ranks, politeness. He is mostly a commoner. His Khrimyan Hayrik hated his Catholicos title most of all.

In diplomacy, an Armenian only cares about one thing – being sincere. He is so sincere and naive that he gives the impression of an undoubted fox and a hypocrite. While his neighbors, playing roles in the arena of this world, pretend to strike the enemy with an ax, the Armenian actually lowers an ax on the head. “But what about the truth?” concerned he is.

He is rustic and peaceful and suddenly rebellious and smashing like his epic’s hero David of Sasun. He cherishes and cringes under the heel of a stranger like his Vociferous Ohan. But as soon as extreme danger comes, he suddenly becomes a hero and rears up like a vishap (dragon).

Overall, he is kind: be nice to him, and he will give you everything. In general, he is your friend, but he pushes your friendship away. Where any other tribe can earn only love, an Armenian will find a way to cause hatred. He has the talent to cause hatred. However, he is envious to someone else’s luck like a vardapet (archimandrite).

If he quarrels with someone, he becomes vindictive like a camel. Every Armenian has another Armenian with whom he’ll be hostile until his death. This is his need. He does not recognize order and power neither in society, nor in the state, nor in ideas. As a democrat, he cannot come to a consensus: he is an unbearable troublemaker.

Where a revolution is, there is Armenian spirit. Belonging to a party, an Armenian is always inclined to extremes. He fights simultaneously on three fronts – against the Shah, against the Sultan, against the Tsar. However, every Armenian is a little Shirakatsi, like Don Quixote.

He saw the most terrible slaughter and did not realize anything. His orientation is in favor of what is currently absent. If he is near a Tatar, he’ll be waiting for a Russian. If a Russian comes, he turns his gaze to a European. If an Englishman comes, he again waits for a Russian. When the Russian comes, he does not accept him. Go ahead and try to understand – maybe he wants to create his own state…

The essay of an outstanding Armenian writer

Derenik Demirchian

 “The Armenian”

 

 

“LOVE IS POWER, BECAUSE IT MULTIPLIES THE BEST WE HAVE AND ALLOWS HUMANITY NOT TO BE EXTINGUISHED IN THEIR BLIND SELFISHNESS”: ALBERT EINSTEIN

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YSU Ijevan Branch is pleased to introduce Albert Einstein’s letter to his daughter…

 

“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.

I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.

There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.

When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.

This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.

To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.

After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…

If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.

Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.

However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.

When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.

I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer! “.

Your father,
Albert Einstein

LEONID ENGIBARYAN: “THE CLOWN WITH SAD EYES”

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Although Leonid Engibaryan had a meteoric career that lasted only twelve years, the influence of Leonid Engibaryan (1935-1972) on modern clowning has been considerable. His untimely death also propelled him into the realm of show business legends, in the rarefied atmosphere shared by prematurely disappeared young artists who helped define a generation.

In the ring, Engibaryan’s character reflected his true off-stage persona: A fiercely independent young man, mischievous, belligerent, in constant revolt against the powers that be—whether the ringmaster in the circus ring, or SoyuzGosTsirk, the central Soviet circus organization, in real life. In this, he embodied the moods of a new Soviet youth, which danced the twist, listened to the Beatles, and tried to erase three decades of Stalinist tyranny.

Leonid Engibaryan, ‘the clown with sad eyes’, revolutionized the art of clownery by introducing lyrical tones into traditional buffoonery and grotesque sequences. According to the Spectacle journal,

he has shown the direction. He was the innovator. He began to do clown gags that were not funny, but very sad. They ended sadly. He felt that life was not funny anymore”.

“THERE IS ONE SPECTACLE GRANDER THAN THE SEA, THAT IS THE SKY;THERE IS ONE SPECTACLE GRANDER THAN THE SKY, THAT IS THE INTERIOR OF THE SOUL” VICTOR HUGO

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YSU IJEVAN BRANCH is pleased to represent sayings and quotes by a renowned writer Victor Hugo:

  1. Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
  2. There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
  3. An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
  4. The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
  5. Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
  6. What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.
  7. Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.
  8. When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
  9. A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
  10. Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.     
  11. Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
  12. Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
  13. He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
  14. He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
  15. Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.     
  16. He sought to transform the grief that looks down into the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars.
  17. People do not lack strength; they lack will.
  18. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself, or better yet, loved despite oneself.
  19. Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.
  20. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.     
  21. Progress is the stride of God.
  22. Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
  23. Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.     
  24. It is by suffering that human beings become angels.
  25. Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
  26. There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
  27. There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
  28. Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow.
  29. The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
  30. Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
  31. When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
  32. A great artist is a great man in a great child.     
  33. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.     
  34. I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.
  35. Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
  36. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering – a hell of boredom.
  37. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.