Nikolai Gogol
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"Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol" was a Russian literature/Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer of Ukrainians/Ukrainian ethnicity. Russian and Ukrainian scholars debate whether or not Gogol was of their respective nationalities.

Considered by his contemporaries one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism (arts)/realism, later critics have found in Gogol's work a fundamentally Romanticism/romantic sensibility, with strains of Surrealism and the grotesque ("The Nose (Gogol)/The Nose", "Viy (story)/Viy", "The Overcoat," "Nevsky Prospekt (story)/Nevsky Prospekt"). His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing, Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian folklore/folklore. His later writing satirised political corruption in the Russian Empire (The Government Inspector, Dead Souls), leading to his eventual exile. The novel Taras Bulba (1835) and the play Marriage (play)/Marriage (1842), along with the short stories "Diary of a Madman (story)/Diary of a Madman", "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich", "The Portrait (short story)/The Portrait" and "The Carriage", round out the tally of his best-known works.

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We ought to thank God for that. Yes, the man who tills the land is more worthy of respect than any.

They're thinking of turning the peasant into an educated man. Why, first of all they should make him a good and prosperous farmer and then he'll learn all that is necessary for him to know.

It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.

The Lord grant we may all be tillers of the soil.

The experience of ages has shown that a man who works on the land is purer, nobler, higher, and more moral... Agriculture should be at the basis of everything. That's my idea.

You can't imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays.

Whatever you may say, the body depends on the soul.

A struggle with infuriated foes is always bearable, but God preserve us from the terrible battle with one's friends. Everything that is in us gets broken by it.

Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions.

What is utterly absurd happens in the world.

As you pass from the tender years of youth into harsh and embittered manhood, make sure you take with you on your journey all the human emotions!