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Quotations From IVAN SERGEEVICH TURGENEV


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  • Time, as is well known, sometimes flies like a bird and sometimes crawls like a worm, but human beings are generally particularly happy when they don't notice whether it's passing quickly or slowly.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, Fathers and Sons, ch. 17 (1862).

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  • Belonging to oneself—the whole essence of life lies in that.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Petr Vasilievich, First Love, ch. 8 (1860).

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  • However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Shubin, in On the Eve, ch. 1 (1860). Comparing nature to "life" (in fact, women).

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  • We sit in the mud ... and reach for the stars.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 16 (1865).
  • Nature creates while destroying, and doesn't care whether it creates or destroys—as long as life isn't extinguished, as long as death doesn't lose its rights.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 15 (1865).

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  • Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings—pity and remorse?
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Andrei Kolosov," (1852).

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  • Circumstances define us; they force us onto one road or another, and then they punish us for it.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, May 2, 1840 (1856).
  • One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, May 2, 1840 (1856).

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  • Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Bazarov, Fathers and Sons, ch. 27 (1862).

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  • All human beings hang by a thread, an abyss may open under their feet at any moment, and yet they have to go and invent all sorts of difficulties for themselves and spoil their lives.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Bazarov, Fathers and Sons, ch. 19 (1862).
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