"To "give style" to one's character--a rare and noble art! Those practice it who compass all that their natures present as strengths and weaknesses and then fit them into an artistic plan until every one appears as art and reason and even weakness enchants the eye."
"Fathers and Sons is not only the best of Turgenev's novels, it is one of the most brilliant novels of the nineteenth century. Turgenev managed to do what he intended to do, to create a male character, a young Russian, who would affirm his--that character's--absence of introspection and at the same time would not be a journalist's dummy of the socialistic type."
"Of the other characters in the book there is, likewise, little to say. The most endearing one is obviously the old Captain MaksimMaksimich, stolid, gruff, naively poetical, matter-of- fact, simple-hearted, and completely neurotic."
"Now we may have more preachers out there than we have drinkers. But a fellow told me a story one time about a man down in Kentuckywhere they make bourbon. And he said you can take a jigger or two jiggers and get by all right. But if you try to take the whole bottle why you have lost what you started with. So don't try to take it too quick. And don't try to do all of it at once. I don't do much promising. I tell what my goals are and then I try to wrap it up and put a blue ribbon on it and get it delivered. We say put the coonskin on the wall."