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Does anyone recognize this quote from Mandelstam? Options
Mullan
Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 8:52:53 AM
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I'm looking for the source of these two quotes. One is definitely Mandelstam, the other probably also Mandelstam. By source I mean the Russian title(s). Does anyone recognize these lines?

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People who are hungry, who are sick,
Will kill, will suffer cold, will hunger.
And in his famous grave
The unknown soldier will be laid.

***

Our only kin is what is in excess.
Ahead lies no downfall, but a misstep,
And wrestling for sufficient air
Is not a glory that impresses others.

And overstocking consciousness
With half-waking routine living,
Do I have no choice but to drink this slop,
And eat my own head under fire in battle?
Winter Fox
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:59:47 PM
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The both quotes are from Mandelstam's poem The Unknown Soldier (Стихи о неизвестном солдате).
The first quote in Russian:

Будут люди холодные, хилые
Убивать, голодать, холодать,
И в своей знаменитой могиле
Неизвестный положен солдат.

And the second:

Нам союзно лишь то, что избыточно,
Впереди — не провал, а промер,
И бороться за воздух прожиточный —
Это слава другим не в пример.

И сознанье своё затоваривая
Полуобморочным бытиём,
Я ль без выбора пью это варево,
Свою голову ем под огнём?

Here's it in Russian and in English translation (but this variant of translation differs from yours):
https://ruverses.com/osip-mandelshtam/the-unknown-soldier/
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