Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev


Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Love isn't actually a feeling at all—it's an illness, a certain condition of body and soul.... Usually it takes possession of someone without his permission, all of a sudden, against his will—just like cholera or a fever.''
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, September, 1842 (1856).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The word "tomorrow" was invented for indecisive people and for children.''
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Andrei Kolosov," (1852).

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