Ivan Turgenev Quotes

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However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.

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


Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: "Great God, grant that twice two be not four."


Nature cares nothing for our logic, our human logic; she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crunched under its wheel.
— Ivan Turgenev


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.


Death is like a fisherman who has caught a fish in his net and leaves it for a time in the water: the fish still swims about, but the net surrounds it, and the fisherman will take it when he wishes.