"Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?"
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Ivan Turgenev on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Ivan Turgenev on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Ivan Turgenev on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Ivan Turgenev on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Ivan Turgenev on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness."