Russian literature has its own beauty. The social, political, psychological situations of 19th and 20th century Russia could be easily grasped from the novels. Wikipedia says Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons might be regarded as the first wholly modern novel in Russian literature. If one has read the works of Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy, this book would be definitely a feast to read. The language is very simple and lucid. But it has the deeper depths of psychological meanings. Anna Karenina and Brothers Karmazov books are huge. Very difficult to read, comprehend and finish them. But any newbie to Russian literature could begin reading with this book. If you get time, kindly read this book. You will be elevated and transformed in some way.
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“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”
“Nothing is worse and more hurtful than a happiness that comes too late. It can give no pleasure, yet it deprives you of that most precious of rights – the right to swear and curse at your fate!”
“Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel.”
“Do you know what really makes man free?’
‘Will, your own will, and it gives power which is better than liberty. Know how to want, and you’ll be free, and you’ll be master too.”
“Weak people never put an end to things themselves. They always wait for the end.”
“Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: Great God, grant that twice two be not four.”
“Whereas I think: I’m lying here in a haystack… The tiny space I occupy is so infinitesimal in comparison with the rest of space, which I don’t occupy and which has no relation to me. And the period of time in which I’m fated to live is so insignificant beside the eternity in which I haven’t existed and won’t exist… And yet in this atom, this mathematical point, blood is circulating, a brain is working, desiring something… What chaos! What a farce!”