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    Life deceives everyone except the individual who doesn’t contemplate it, the individual who demands nothing from it, the individual who serenely accepts its few gifts and serenely makes the most of them.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    There’s something tragic in the fate of almost every person—it’s just that the tragic is often concealed from a person by the banal surface of life.... A woman will complain of indigestion and not even know that what she means is that her whole life has been shattered.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    The masses always end up wholeheartedly believing and following those individuals whom they themselves mock, individuals whom they curse and persecute, but individuals who, not fearing their curses or their persecution, continue steadily forward, having fastened a spiritual gaze on the only goal such individuals can see.
    —Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    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 Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    What’s terrible is that there’s nothing terrible, that the very essence of life is petty, uninteresting, and degradingly trite.
    —Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)