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Quotations From IVAN SERGEEVICH TURGENEV

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  • 11.
    To desire and expect nothing for oneself—and to have profound sympathy for others—is genuine holiness.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, October 28, 1862, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).

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  • 12.
    Art, if one employs this term in the broad sense that includes poetry within its realm, is an art of creation laden with ideals, located at the very core of the life of a people, defining the spiritual and moral shape of that life.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Speech delivered in 1880 at the dedication of the monument to A.S. Pushkin in Moscow. The Essential Turgenev, ed. Elizabeth Cheresh Allen (1994).

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  • 13.
    I've become convinced that every person should treat himself strictly and even rudely and distrustfully; it's difficult to tame the beast in oneself.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, March 27, 1859, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).
  • 14.
    Go forward while you can, but if your strength fails you, sit down near the road and gaze without anger or envy at those who pass by. They don't have far to go, either.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, September, 1842 (1856).

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  • 15.
    Life deceives everyone except the individual who doesn't contemplate it, the individual who demands nothing from it, the individual who serenely accepts its few gifts and serenely makes the most of them.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, September, 1842 (1856).

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  • 16.
    We Russians have assigned ourselves no other task in life but the cultivation of our own personalities, and when we're barely past childhood, we set to work to cultivate them, those unfortunate personalities.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, May 2, 1840 (1856).

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  • 17.
    There's something tragic in the fate of almost every person—it's just that the tragic is often concealed from a person by the banal surface of life.... A woman will complain of indigestion and not even know that what she means is that her whole life has been shattered.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, October 14, 1859, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).

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  • 18.
    There are some moments in life, some feelings.... One can only point to them—and pass by.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, A Nest of Gentry, Epilogue (1859).

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  • 19.
    Tempered, gradual animation, the methodical restrain of sensations and energies, the equilibrium of sickness and health in each creature—this is nature's essence, its immutable law, this is what it's based on and what it adheres to.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "A Journey to Polesje," The Second Day (1857).

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  • 20.
    What's terrible is that there's nothing terrible, that the very essence of life is petty, uninteresting, and degradingly trite.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 13 (1865).

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