Yerevan State University Ijevan Branch

«…Եթե ես կյանքի ևս մի պատառիկ ունենայի, ոչ մի օր չէի անցկացնի առանց ասելու իմ սիրած մարդկանց, որ ես նրանց սիրում եմ: …Ոչ ոք քեզ չի հիշելու մտքերիդ համար: Աստծուց իմաստնություն և ուժ խնդրիր, որ ասես այն, ինչ զգում ես…». Գաբրիել Գարսիա Մարկես. «Նամակ մահվանից առաջ»

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 Եթե Աստված գեթ մի պահ մոռանար, որ ես միայն կտորե խամաճիկ եմ և ինձ կյանքի մի պատառիկ նվիրեր, այդժամ ես երևի չէի ասի այն ամենն, ինչ մտածում եմ, բայց հաստատ կմտածեի այն ամենն, ինչ ասում եմ: Ես իրերը կգնահատեի` ելնելով ոչ թե նրանց գնից, այլ նշանակությունից: Ես ավելի քիչ կքնեի, ավելի շատ կերազեի` հասկանալով, որ ամեն րոպե, երբ մենք փակում ենք աչքերը, կորցնում ենք լույսի վաթսուն վայրկյան: Ես կքայլեի, քանի դեռ մյուսները կանգնած են, չէի քնի, մինչդեռ մյուսները քնած են: Ես կլսեի, երբ մյուսները խոսում են և կվայելեի շոկոլադե պաղպաղակի հիանալի համը:

Եթե Աստված ինձ կյանքի մի պահ էլ պարգևեր, ես ավելի համեստ կհագնվեի, կպառկեի արևի շողերի տակ և նրա ջերմությանը ի ցույց կդնեի ոչ միայն մարմինս, այլև հոգիս: Տեր Աստված, եթե ես սիրտ ունենայի, ես կգրեի իմ ամբողջ ատելությունը սառույցի վրա և կսպասեի մինչև դուրս գա արևը: Ես կնկարեի Վան Գոգի երազով Բենեդետտիի պոեմի աստղերի վրա և Սերրատի երգը սերենադի պես կնվիրեի լուսնին: Ես արցունքներով կջրեի վարդերը, որպեսզի զգամ նրանց փշերի ծակոցների ցավը և թերթիկների համբույրը:

Տեր Աստված, եթե ես կյանքի ևս մի պատառիկ ունենայի, ոչ մի օր չէի անցկացնի առանց ասելու իմ սիրած մարդկանց, որ ես նրանց սիրում եմ: Ես կհամոզեի ինձ թանկ յուրաքանչյուր մարդուն իմ սիրո մեջ և կապրեի` սիրահարված … սիրուն: Ես կբացատրեի բոլոր նրանց, ովքեր մոլորության մեջ մտածում են, թե դադարում են սիրահարվել ծերանալուն զուգընթաց, որ ծերանում են այն ժամանակ, երբ դադարում են սիրահարվել:

Երեխային ես թևեր կնվիրեի, բայց կթողնեի, որ ինքնուրույն սովորի թռչել: Ծերերին ես կհամոզեի, որ մահը ծերության հետ չի գալիս, այլ մոռացության:

Ես ձեզանից այնքան բան եմ սովորել, մարդի՛կ. ես հասկացել եմ, որ ամբողջ աշխարհը ուզում է ապրել սարերում` չհասկանալով, որ իրական երջանկությունը սարը բարձրանալու մեջ է:

Ես հասկացել եմ, որ այն պահից, երբ նորածինն իր փոքրիկ բռունցքում սեղմում է հոր մատը, այլևս երբեք այն բաց չի թողնի: Ես հասկացել եմ, որ մեկը մյուսին բարձրից նայելու իրավունք ունի միայն այն ժամանակ, երբ օգնում է նրան բարձրանալ:

Այնքան բան կա, որ ես դեռ կարող էի ձեզնից սովորել, մարդի՛կ, սակայն սովորածս ինձ դժվար թե պետք գա, որովհետև երբ ինձ դնեն այդ ճամպրուկի մեջ, ես, ցավոք սրտի, արդեն մահացած կլինեմ:

Միշտ ասա այն, ինչ զգում ես և արա այն, ինչ մտածում ես

Եթե ես իմանայի, որ ես այսօր քեզ վերջին անգամ եմ տեսնում քնած, ես քեզ պինդ կգրկեի և կաղոթեի Աստծուն, որ ինձ քո պահապան հրեշտակը դարձնի:

Եթե ես իմանայի, որ այսօր վերջին անգամ եմ տեսնում, թե ինչպես ես դուրս գալիս դռնից, ես քեզ կգրկեի, կհամբուրեի և նորից կկանչեի, որպեսզի ավելին տամ: Եթե ես իմանայի, որ քո ձայնը վերջին անգամ եմ լսում, կձայնագրեի ամենն, ինչ ասում ես, որպեսզի էլի ու էլի լսեմ, անվերջ: Եթե ես իմանայի, որ սրանք վերջին րոպեներն են, որ ես քեզ տեսնում եմ, ես կասեի. «Սիրում եմ քեզ» ու հիմարի պես չէի մտածի, որ դու դա գիտեիր:

Միշտ կա վաղը, և կյանքը մեզ ամեն ինչ ուղղելու ևս մեկ հնարավորություն է տալիս, սակայն եթե ես սխալվում եմ, և այսօրը այն ամենն է, ինչ մեզ մնացել է, ապա ես կուզեի քեզ ասել, թե ինչքան ուժեղ եմ քեզ սիրում ու որ երբեք չեմ մոռանա քեզ: Ո՛չ պատանին, ո՛չ ծերը չեն կարող վստահ լինել, որ իրենց համար վաղը կգա:

Այսօրը կարող է լինել վերջին օրը, որ դու տեսնում ես սիրելիներիդ: Այնպես որ մի՛ սպասիր ինչ-որ բանի, այսօր արա այն, ինչ մտածել ես, որովհետև եթե վաղը երբեք չգա, դու կափսոսաս այն օրվա համար, երբ ժամանակ չգտար մեկ ժպիտի, մեկ անգամ գրկելու, մեկ համբույրի համար, երբ դու չափազանց զբաղված էիր` վերջին ցանկությունն իրականացնելու համար: Ոգևորիր հարազատներիդ, շշնջա նրանց ականջին, թե ինչքան պետք են նրանք քեզ, սիրիր նրանց և գուրգուրանքով վարվիր, ժամանակ գտիր, որ ասես «կներես», «խնդրեմ», «շնորհակալություն» և սիրո այն բոլոր բառերը, որ գիտես:

Ոչ ոք քեզ չի հիշելու մտքերիդ համարԱստծուց իմաստնություն և ուժ խնդրիր, որ ասես այն, ինչ զգում ես: Ցույց տուր ընկերներիդ, թե ինչ կարևոր են նրանք քեզ համար:

Եթե դու չասես այդ ամենն այսօր, վաղը կլինի նույնը, ինչ երեկ: Եվ եթե դու չանես դա երբեք, ոչինչ նշանակություն չի ունենա: Իրականացրու երազանքներդ: Այդ պահը եկել է:

 

Գաբրիել Գարսիա Մարկես.  «Նամակ մահվանից առաջ»

“THE IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS TO HAVE GREAT AIM AND TO POSSESS THE APTITUDE AND THE PERSEVERANCE TO ATTAIN IT” VOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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YSU Ijevan Branch is pleased to share famous sayings and quotes by VOLFGANG von GOETHE

 

  1. There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
  2. The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
  3. Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
  4. The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
  5. Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
  6. The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
  7. Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
  8. There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.
  9. In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
  10. Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
  11. Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
  12. In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
  13. Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
  14. Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
  15. If your treat an individual… as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
  16. Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.
  17. The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
  18. Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
  19. Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
  20. There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.
  21. Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
  22. Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
  23. In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
  24. Every step of life shows much caution is required.
  25. The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
  26. Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
  27. Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
  28. Life is the childhood of our immortality.
  29. Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
  30. Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
  31. What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.
  32. The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
  33. Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.
  34. What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
  35. Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
  36. The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
  37. The little man is still a man.
  38. Personality is everything in art and poetry.
  39. If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
  40. It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
  41. The world remains ever the same.
  42. If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.
  43. All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

“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”