23 Inspirational Ivan Turgenev Quotes for a Better Perspective on Life

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: November 9, 1818, Oryol, Russia

Death: September 3, 1883, Bougival, France


Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev was born on October 28, 1818, in the city of Orel. He received her first literary education at home from her mother who was fond of literature, and thanks to this he entered Moscow University at the age of 15.


Turgenev, who is clear that he will be a great name in the future from his success in childhood, wrote books that had made his name known throughout the world, such as The Hunting Sketches, Fathers and Sons, Asia, A Nest of Gentlefolk, On the Eve...


I would like to share with you today; 23 Inspirational Ivan Turgenev Quotes for a Better Perspective on Life.



“Whatever a person may pray for, that person prays for a miracle. Every prayer comes down to this - Almighty God, grant that two times two not equal four.” /Turgenev
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. /Turgenev
“So long as one's just dreaming about what to do, one can soar like an eagle and move mountains, it seems, but as soon as one starts doing it one gets worn out and tired.” /Turgenev
To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness./Turgenev
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!/Turgenev


“Life deceives everyone except the individual who doesn't contemplate it, the individual who demands nothing from it, the individual who serenely accepts its few gifts and serenely makes the most of them.” /Turgenev
Circumstances define us; they force us onto one road or another, and then they punish us for it./Turgenev
Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?/Turgenev
Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly./Turgenev
“I do not know what the heart of a bad man is like. But i do know what the heart of a good man is like. And it is terrible.” /Turgenev


Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do./Turgenev
“We sit in the mud... and reach for the stars.” /Turgenev
However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words./Turgenev
“Nothing is worse and more hurtful than a happiness that comes too late.” /Turgenev
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./Turgenev


“Go forward while you can, but if your strength fails you, sit down near the road and gaze without anger or envy at those who pass by. They don't have far to go, either.” /Turgenev
I agree with no one's opinion. I have some of my own./Turgenev
“Love isn't actually a feeling at all--it's an illness, a certain condition of body and soul.... Usually it takes possession of someone without his permission, all of a sudden, against his will--just like cholera or a fever.” /Turgenev
Women... can't live with 'em... can't shoot 'em./Turgenev
“The people who bind themselves to systems are those who are unable to encompass the whole truth and try to catch it by the tail; a system is like the tail of truth, but truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.” /Turgenev

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