Quotes by Ivan Turgenev

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."

"We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars."

"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!"

"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!"

"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..."

Books by Ivan Turgenev

  • Mumu
  • 8,760 ratings
  • December 8th 2005 by Kessinger Publishing

    (first published 1852)

  • Spring Torrents
  • 3,978 ratings
  • January 31st 1980 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1872)

  • On the Eve
  • 3,152 ratings
  • May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife

    (first published 1860)

  • Asya
  • 2,263 ratings
  • March 1st 2005 by University Of Health Care

    (first published 1858)

  • Asya / First Love
  • 645 ratings
  • September 1st 1999 by Koch, Neff & Oetinger & Company

    (first published 1903)

Ivan Turgenev
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