Ivan Turgenev Quotes

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Born: November 9, 1818, Oryol, Russian Empire [now Russia]
Birth Country: Russia
Died: Bougival, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France, September 3, 1883
Occupation: Author

Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.
- Ivan Turgenev

In days of doubt, in days of dreary musings on my country's fate, you alone are my comfort and support, oh great, powerful, righteous, and free Russian language!
- Ivan Turgenev

In the end, nature is inexorable: it has no reason to hurry and, sooner or later, it takes what belongs to it. Unconsciously and inflexibly obedient to its own laws, it doesn't know art, just as it doesn't know freedom, just as it doesn't know goodness.
- Ivan Turgenev

Nature creates while destroying, and doesn't care whether it creates or destroys as long as life isn't extinguished, as long as death doesn't lose its rights.
- Ivan Turgenev

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
- Ivan Turgenev

Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?
- Ivan Turgenev

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