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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Fathers and Sons.

Wisdom and Knowledge Quotes

"Without principles taken as you say on trust one cannot move an inch or draw a single breath." (5.60)

Society and Class Quotes

Piotr, being one of the modern 'up-to-date' servants, had not approached to kiss the young master's hand but merely bowed to him from a distance, now vanished again through the gateway. (2.14)

Philosophical Viewpoints Quotes

"A nihilist is a person who does not take any principle for granted, however much that principle may be revered." (5.57)

Pride Quotes

"An archaic survival! But your father's nice. He wastes his time reading poetry, and knows precious little about farming, but his heart's in the right place." (4.30)

Love Quotes

"And how is Uncle Pavel? Is he keeping well?" inquired Arkady, anxious, in spite of the genuine almost childish delight filling his heart, to switch the conversation as soon as possible from an emo...

Man and the Natural World Quotes

The sun blazed down. A smell of warm rye bread was wafted out of the dark passage of the inn. Our Nikolai Petrovich is lost in reverie. "My son... a graduate... my boy Arkady..." Again and again th...

Suffering Quotes

Pavel Petrovich had not undressed but merely changed his patent-leather shoes for a pair of heel-less red Chinese slippers. In his hand he held the last number of Galignani but he was not reading;...

Traditions and Customs Quotes

"Of course I ought to be ashamed," Nikolai Petrovich replied, turning redder and redder. "Stop, papa, stop, I implore you!" Arkady exclaimed, smiling affectionately. "What a thing to apologize for!...

Admiration Quotes

"Natural science is his main subject. But he knows everything. Next year he wants to take a degree in medicine." (3.15)

Cunning and Cleverness Quotes

"Go on, into the water with you, my young philosophers!" (5.11)
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