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Fathers and Sons is not only the best of Turgenev's novels, it is one of the most brilliant novels of the nineteenth century. Turg ...
I do not like to "interest" the public with myself.
Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a ...
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 ...
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