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Ivan Turgenev
Society
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Then we saw that talk, perpetual talk and nothing but talk, about
our social diseases, was not worthwhile, that it all led to nothing
but superficiality and pedantry; we saw that our leading men,
so-called advanced people and reformers, are no good; that we
busy ourselves over foolery, talk rubbish about art, unconscious
creativeness, parliamentarism, trial by jury, and the deuce knows
what all; while all the while, it's a question of getting bread to
eat, while we're stifling under the grossest superstition, while
all our enterprises come to grief, simply because there aren't
honest men enough to carry them on, while the very emancipation
our Government's busy upon will hardly come to any good, because
peasants are glad to rob even themselves to get drunk at the
tavern.

("Fathers and Sons")
 

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