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    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)

    Time, as is well known, sometimes flies like a bird and sometimes crawls like a worm, but human beings are generally particularly happy when they don’t notice whether it’s passing quickly or slowly.
    —Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    We sit in the mud ... and reach for the stars.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    All human beings hang by a thread, an abyss may open under their feet at any moment, and yet they have to go and invent all sorts of difficulties for themselves and spoil their lives.
    —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)