Saturday, May 15, 2021

Beers & Books LXXIX – Mikhail Bulgakov

"In order to be in control,
you have to have a definite plan
for at least a reasonable period of time.
So how, may I ask, can man be in control
if he can't even draw up a plan
for a ridiculously short period of time,
say, a thousand years, and is, moreover,
unable to ensure his own safety
for even the next day?"

Mikhail Bulgakov (15 May 1891 – 10 März 1940)


  1. Control, like perfection, is something which has always eluded me and that I no longer strive for.

  2. Anyone who thinks they are in control of the situation doesn't understand the situation.

  3. We can't put one foot in front of the other!

  4. An argument against determinism by a philosophical writer, maybe in the mould of, but not quite to the majesty of Dostoevsky’s epics - what did you make of it? Your not in control but maybe you live your live as if you are - for meaning - at least to have control over what you think or chose to believe ?

  5. On sundaymorning after breakfast, my boyfriend build the habit to read to me, and I enjoy the listening. Recently Bulgakow's "Hondehart" was on the program. (I don't know the English or German title of the book, but I do highly recomend the lecture)
    Funny and sad at the same time...
    I also read "Zoja's appartement" from him last year.
    A fine writer.

    1. Now, that's a lovely little Sunday morning ritual! And thanks for the recommendations, Linda. Tomorrow I shall be off to daughter's bookshop.