Ivan Turgenev Quotes (35 quotes)
Andrei Kolosov (1864). Variant translation: "The word 'tomorrow' was invented for irresolute people, and for children."
“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.”
From the Poem "Prayer," July 1881
“You may live a long while with some people, and be on friendly terms with them, and never once speak openly with them from your soul.”
A Sportsman's Sketches (1852), District Doctor
Enough (1864). Variant translation: "Sit in the mud, my friend, and aspire to the skies!"
“A nihilist is a man who does not bow down before any authority, who does not take any principle on faith, whatever reverence that principle may be enshrined in.”
Fathers and Sons Chapter 5 (1862) (translated by Constance Garnett)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsIvan Turgenev
Born: November 9, 1818
Died: September 3, 1883 (aged 64)
Bio: Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.
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