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    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)

    One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    The only people who treasure systems are those whom the whole truth evades, who want to catch it by the tail. A system is just like truth’s tail, but the truth is like a lizard. It will leave the tail in your hand and escape; it knows that it will soon grow another tail.
    —Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    Death’s an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.
    —Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    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.
    —Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)