Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev quotes

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We Russians have assigned ourselves no other task in life but the cultivation of our own personalities, and when we're barely past ...
Life deceives everyone except the individual who doesn't contemplate it, the individual who demands nothing from it, the individua ...
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 ...
Love isn't actually a feeling at all--it's an illness, a certain condition of body and soul.... Usually it takes possession of som ...
Circumstances define us; they force us onto one road or another, and then they punish us for it.
One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity.
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 ...
Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.
The masses always end up wholeheartedly believing and following those individuals whom they themselves mock, individuals whom they ...
Do not all men belong more or less to one type or another? Does not each one of us side either with Don Quixote or with Hamlet? To ...
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