Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev


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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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''In the end, nature is inexorable: it has no reason to hurry and, sooner or later, it takes what belongs to it. Unconsciously and inflexibly obedient to its own laws, it doesn't know art, just as it doesn't know freedom, just as it doesn't know goodness.''
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 13 (1865).
  • ''Each individual is more or less dimly aware of his significance, is aware that he's something innately superior, something eternal—and lives, is obligated to live, in the moment and for the moment.''
    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).
  • ''Sternly, remorselessly, fate guides each of us; only at the beginning, when we're absorbed in details, in all sorts of nonsense, in ourselves, are we unaware of its harsh hand.''
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 13 (1865).
  • ''We sit in the mud ... and reach for the stars.''
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 16 (1865).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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