Quotation by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev

The masses always end up wholeheartedly believing and following those individuals whom they themselves mock, individuals whom they curse and persecute, but individuals who, not fearing their curses or their persecution, continue steadily forward, having fastened a spiritual gaze on the only goal such individuals can see.
Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883), Russian author. Hamlet and Don Quixote (1860).

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