Ivan Turgenev — Russian Novelist born on October 28, 1818, died on September 03, 1883

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, was a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction... (wikipedia)

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.
Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?
To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.
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.

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