"To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness."
"That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."Ivan Turgenev on William Wordsworth
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength."Ivan Turgenev on Corrie Ten Boom
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."Ivan Turgenev on Saint Augustine
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."Ivan Turgenev on Khalil Gibran
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."Ivan Turgenev on William Shakespeare
"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."
"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."
"Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?"