"Whenever time went by Boris, Boris felt it going by, much the way a rock feels the river going by, changing him a little at a time, but constantly always changing him as it goes by. And not for a moment can he stop it from changing him, not for a minute can he stop it from going by. He cannot stop changing as the river goes by. So Boris was like a rock in the river, ever-changing. He could not stop time from going by, he could not invite it to stay a while, to rest. It accepted no invitation. It must flow on. It is urgent." - Matvei Yankelevich