“The only thing in our power is not to still the voice of life that sounds within us.” ~ Boris Pasternak (February 10, 1890 to May 30, 1960)
Boris Pasternak was a Russian and Soviet novelist and poet. In the West, Pasternakis famously known for his novel Doctor Zhivago (1957). In Russia he is celebrated as a poet.
His novel was smuggled out of the Soviet Union, and became an instant best seller. According to Wikipedia, in 1958 “Pasternak was named the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.” He was forced to decline the award by the Soviet government
[Source for quotation: my friend Libby. Dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed November 26, 2010.]