Queer things happen in the world: you may live a long while with some people, and be on friendly terms with them, and never once speak openly with them from your soul; with others you have scarcely time to get acquainted, and all at once you are pouring out to him--or he to you--all your secrets, as though you were at confession.
IVAN TURGENEV, The District Doctor
Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.
IVAN TURGENEV, quoted in 20,000 Quips & Quotes
The appearance of mediocrity is sometimes a useful thing in life: it soothes strings that have been stretched too taut.
IVAN TURGENEV, Fathers and Sons