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    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
    tags: nature  human  logic  care 
     
    Take what you can yourself, and don't let others get you into their hands; to belong to oneself, that is the whole thing in life.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: oneself 
     
    No matter how often you knock at nature's door, she won't answer in words you can understand-for Nature is dumb. She'll vibrate and moan like a violin, but you mustn't expect a song.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: nature  song 
     
    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
    tags: secret  present  poet 
     
    In my case there was no first love. I began with the second.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    I'm through with Tolstoy. He has ceased to exist for me.... If I eat a bowl of soup and like it, I know by that fact alone and with absolute certainty that Tolstoy will find it bad, and vice versa.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: alone  bad  facts 
     
    Looking about me, listening and recalling what the day had been like, I suddenly felt a secret unease in my heart and raised my eyes to the sky, but even in the sky there seemed to be no tranquillity. Dotted with stars, it constantly quivered and danced and shivered.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: secret  heart  star  listening  eyes  sky 
     
    Only one thing bothered me: at this very moment, as they say, of inexplicable bliss there would be a sinking feeling at the pit of my stomach and my abdomen would be assailed by a melancholy, cold shivering. In the end I couldn't abide such happiness and ran away.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: happiness  moment 
     
    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
    Love, I thought, is stronger than death or the fear of death. Only by it, by love, life holds together and advances.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: death  fear  thoughts 
     
    Whatever a person may pray for, that person prays for a miracle. Every prayer comes down to this - Almighty God, grant that two times two not equal four.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: time  people  miracle  god  prayer  pray 
     
    You may live a long while with some people and be on friendly terms with them and never speak openly with them from your soul.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: people  live  soul 
     
    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 Turgenev
    tags: time  human 
     
    The people who bind themselves to systems are those who are unable to encompass the whole truth and try to catch it by the tail; a system is like the tail of truth, but truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: truth  people  knowing 
     
    Circumstances define us; they force us onto one road or another, and then they punish us for it.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: desires  oneself 
     
    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 by. They don't have far to go, either.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: anger  envy  strength  fail 
     
    Tempered, gradual animation, the methodical restrain of sensations and energies, the equilibrium of sickness and health in each creature-this is nature's essence, its immutable law, this is what it's based on and what it adheres to.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: health  nature  law  energy 
     
    We sit in the mud... and reach for the stars.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: star 
     
    Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: death 
     
    Love isn't actually a feeling at all-it's an illness, a certain condition of body and soul.... Usually it takes possession of someone without his permission, all of a sudden, against his will-just like cholera or a fever.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: soul  illness  body 
     
    I do not know what the heart of a bad man is like. But i do know what the heart of a good man is like. And it is terrible.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: men  heart  bad 
     
    If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: moment 
     
    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 sortsof difficulties for themselves and spoil their lives.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: live  human  moment  invent 
     
    I never started from ideas but always from character.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: character  ideas 
     
    So many memories and so little worth remembering, and in front of me - a long, long road without a goal...
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: memory  goal  worth 
     
    Illness isn't the only thing that spoils the appetite.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: illness 
     
    a person who gets angry at his own illness is sure to overcome it
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: people  illness 
     
    Whatever man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself...
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: men  miracle  prayer  pray 
     
    However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: nature 
     
    That's what children are for-that their parents may not be bored.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: children  child  parent 
     
    There's only one way for an individual to remain upright, not to fall to pieces, not to sink into the mire of self-oblivionorself-contempt. That's calmly to turn away from everything, to say, "Enough!" and, folding one's useless arms across one's empty breast, to retain the ultimate, the sole attainable virtue, the virtue of recognizing one's own insignificance.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: virtue 
     
    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
    tags: dreaming 
     
    I look up to heaven only when I want to sneeze.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: heaven 
     
    It was only the vulgarly mediocre that repelled her.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    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
    tags: butterfly 
     
    Nature is not a temple, but a workshop, and man's the workman in it.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: nature 
     
    People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves; that relieves them of the necessity of having their own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    The word tomorrow was invented for indecisive people and for children.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    There's something tragic in the fate of almost every person-it's just that the tragic is often concealed from a person by the banal surface of life.... A woman will complain of indigestion and not even know that what she means is that her whole life has been shattered.
    — Ivan Turgenev
    tags: fate  people  women 
     
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