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“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”
Ivan Turgenev
“We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“Nothing is worse and more hurtful than a happiness that comes too late. It can give no pleasure, yet it deprives you of that most precious of rights - the right to swear and curse at your fate!”
Ivan Turgenev, Rudin
“Whereas I think: I’m lying here in a haystack... The tiny space I occupy is so infinitesimal in comparison with the rest of space, which I don’t occupy and which has no relation to me. And the period of time in which I’m fated to live is so insignificant beside the eternity in which I haven’t existed and won’t exist... And yet in this atom, this mathematical point, blood is circulating, a brain is working, desiring something... What chaos! What a farce!”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“I was afraid of looking into my heart...afraid of thinking seriously about anything...I did not want to know whether I was loved, and I did not want to admit to myself that I was not loved...”
Ivan Turgenev
“As we all know, time sometimes flies like a bird, and sometimes
crawls like a worm, but people may be unusually happy when they do not
even notice whether time has passed quickly or slowly”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“I don't see why it's impossible to express everything that's on one's mind.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“So many memories and so little worth remembering, and in front of me — a long, long road without a goal...”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“A withered maple leaf has left its branch and is falling to the ground; its movements resemble those of a butterfly in flight. Isn't it strange? The saddest and deadest of things is yet so like the gayest and most vital of creatures?”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel.”
Ivan Turgenev
“O youth! youth! you go your way heedless, uncaring – as if you owned all the treasures of the world; even grief elates you, even sorrow sits well upon your brow. You are self-confident and insolent and you say, 'I alone am alive – behold!' even while your own days fly past and vanish without trace and without number, and everything within you melts away like wax in the sun .. like snow .. and perhaps the whole secret of your enchantment lies not, indeed, in your power to do whatever you may will, but in your power to think that there is nothing you will not do: it is this that you scatter to the winds – gifts which you could never have used to any other purpose. Each of us feels most deeply convinced that he has been too prodigal of his gifts – that he has a right to cry, 'Oh, what could I not have done, if only I had not wasted my time.”
Ivan Turgenev, First Love
tags: youth
“It's all romanticism, nonsense, rottenness, art.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“A poet must be a psychologist, but a secret one: he should know and feel the roots of phenomena but present only the phenomena themselves in full bloom or as they fade away. ”
Ivan Turgenev
“I'm incapable of describing the feeling with which I left. I wouldn't want it ever to be repeated, but I would have considered myself unfortunate if I'd never experienced it.”
Ivan Turgenev
“It was only the vulgarly mediocre that repelled her.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“Behind me there are already so many memories (...) Lots of memories, but no point in remembering them, and ahead of me a long, long road with nothing to aim for ... I just don't want to go along it.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“I look up to heaven only when I want to sneeze.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“However passionate, sinning, and rebellious the heart hidden in the tomb, the flowers growing over it peep serenely at us with their innocent eyes; they tell us not of eternal peace alone, of that great peace of "indifferent" nature: they tell us, too, of eternal reconciliation and of life without end.”
Ivan Turgenev
“Take for yourself what you can, and don't be ruled by others; to belong to oneself - the whole savour of life lies in that.”
Ivan Turgenev, Spring Torrents
“So long as one's just dreaming about what to do, one can soar like an eagle and move mountains, it seems, but as soon as one starts doing it one gets worn out and tired.”
Ivan Turgenev
“What's important is that twice two is four and all the rest's nonsense.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“a person who gets angry at his own illness is sure to overcome it”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“The fact is that previously they were simply dunces and now they've suddenly become nihilists.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
“That's what children are for—that their parents may not be bored.”
Ivan Turgenev, Diary of a Superfluous Man
“I walked in the meadows of green grieving for my life. ”
Ivan Turgenev
“My son,' he wrote to me, 'fear the love of woman; fear that bliss, that poison....”
Ivan Turgenev, First Love
“Youth eats all the sugared fancy cakes and regards them as its daily bread. But there'll come a time when you'll start asking just for a crust.”
Ivan Turgenev
tags: asya
“We’re young, we’re not monsters, no fools: we’ll conquer happiness for ourselves.”
Ivan Turgenev
“I burnt as in a fire in her presence ... but what did I care to know what the fire was in which I burned and melted--it was enough that it was sweet to burn and melt.”
Ivan Turgenev, First Love
tags: love
“What a magnificent body, how I should like to see it on the dissecting table.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

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