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  • As often happens between men who have chosen different pursuits, each, while in argument justifying the other's activity, despised it in the depth of his heart.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • He had never thought the question over clearly, but vaguely imagined that his wife had long suspected him of being unfaithful to her and was looking the other way. It even seemed to him that she, a worn-out, aged, no longer beautiful woman, not remarkable for anything, simple, merely a kind mother of a family, ought in all fairness to be indulgent. It turned out to be quite the opposite.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • My life now, my whole life, regardless of all that may happen to me, every minute of it, is not only not meaningless, as it was before, but has the unquestionable meaning of the good which it is in my power to put into it!
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • Spring is the time of plans and projects.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")


  • These loaves, pigeons, and two little boys seemed unearthly. It all happened at the same time: a little boy ran over to a pigeon, glancing over at Levin with a smile; the pigeon flapped its wings and fluttered, gleaming in the sunshine among the snowdust quivering in the air, while the smell of freshly baked bread was wafted out of a little window as the loaves were put out. All this together was so extraordinarily wonderful that Levin burst out laughing and crying for joy.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • As the sun and each atom of ether is a shphere complete in itself, yet at the same time only a part of a whole too vast for man to comprehend, so each individual bears within himself his own purpose, yet bears it ot serve a general purpose unfathomable to man.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • For a few seconds they looked silently into each other's eyes, and the distant and impossible suddenly became near, possible, and inevitable.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • I think that when you remember, remember, remember everything like that, you could go on until you remember what was there before you were in the world.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Millions of men, renouncing their human feelings and reason, had to go from west to east to slay their fellows, just as some centuries previously hordes of men had come from the east to the west slaying their fellows.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • The higher a man stands on the social ladder, the greater the number of people he is connected with, the more power he has over other people, the more obvious is the predestination and inevitability of his every action.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • At that instant he knew that all his doubts, even the impossibility of believing with his reason, of which he was aware in himself, did not in the least hinder his turning to God. All of that now floated out of his soul like dust. To whom was he to turn if not to Him in whose hands he felt himself, his soul, and his love?
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • He liked fishing and seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • If there are as many minds as there are men, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")


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