"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."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Ivan Turgenev on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Ivan Turgenev on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Ivan Turgenev on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Ivan Turgenev on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Ivan Turgenev on Mahatma Gandhi
"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!"
"Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew."
"Nature creates while destroying, and doesn't care whether it creates or destroys as long as life isn't extinguished, as long as death doesn't lose its rights."
"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."