[Ads-l] Request help with Russian in Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 16 14:41:55 UTC 2019

If you can read Russian and you would like to help me to verify a
quotation in "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoyevsky then please read

Here is a citation for a quotation in an 1885 edition of Братья
Карамазовы (Brothers Karamazov) followed by a link and the target
text. The text appears in the left column of the Google Books page
image about 27 lines down.

[ref] 1885, Title: Братья Карамазовы (Brothers Karamazov), Series:
Полное собраніе сочиненій Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Complete collection of
Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Volume 6, Quote Page 175, Column 1,
Publisher: Тип. А. С. Суворина. (Google Books Full View) [/ref]


[Begin excerpt]
Въ этомъ Ты былъ правъ. Ибо тайна бытія человѣческаго не въ томъ,
чтобы только жить, а въ томъ, для чего жить.
[End excerpt]

My question: Is the above text accurate?

This citation appears in the following recent QI article:
The Mystery of Human Existence Lies Not In Just Staying Alive, But In
Finding Something To Live For

Bonus question: Are the two translations in the QI article reasonably accurate?

Translation 1: This is something about which You were right. For the
mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in
finding something to live for.

Translation 2: In that Thou wast right. For the secret of man’s being
is not only to live but to have something to live for.

Thanks for your help

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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