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Leo Tolstoy

  • b0212695255has quotedlast year
    you don't tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist—I really believe he is Antichrist—I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my 'faithful slave,' as you call yourself!
  • charmiafloreshas quoted7 months ago
    Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  • The Khanshas quotedlast year
    When an apple has ripened and falls, why does it fall? Because of its attraction to the earth, because its stalk withers, because it is dried by the sun, because it grows heavier, because the wind shakes it, or because the boy standing below wants to eat it?
  • b5253357257has quoted2 years ago
    Anna Pavlovna Scherer, maid of honor and favorite of the Empress Marya Fedorovna
  • b5253357257has quoted2 years ago
    grippe being then a new word in St. Petersburg, used only by the elite.
  • b5253357257has quoted2 years ago
    "First of all, dear friend, tell me how you are. Set your friend's mind at rest," said he without altering his tone, beneath the politeness and affected sympathy of which indifference and even irony could be discerned.
    "Can one be well while suffering morally? Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?"
  • b5253357257has quoted2 years ago
    Vicomte de Mortemart, who is connected with the Montmorencys through the Rohans, one of the best French families
  • b5253357257has quoted2 years ago
    Princess Mary Bolkonskaya."
  • namjoons lasttiddiehas quoted16 days ago
    "Is this good or bad?" Pierre asked himself. "It is good for me, bad for another traveler, and for himself it's unavoidable, because he needs money for food; the man said an officer had once given him a thrashing for letting a private traveler have the courier horses. But the officer thrashed him because he had to get on as quickly as possible. And I," continued Pierre, "shot Dolokhov because I considered myself injured, and Louis XVI was executed because they considered him a criminal, and a year later they executed those who executed him—also for some reason. What is bad? What is good? What should one love and what hate? What does one live for? And what am I? What is life, and what is death? What power governs all?"

    There was no answer to any of these questions, except one, and that not a logical answer and not at all a reply to them. The answer was: "You'll die and all will end. You'll die and know all, or cease asking." But dying was also dreadful.
  • namjoons lasttiddiehas quoted16 days ago
    "I have hundreds of rubles I don't know what to do with, and she stands in her tattered cloak looking timidly at me," he thought. "And what does she want the money for? As if that money could add a hair's breadth to happiness or peace of mind. Can anything in the world make her or me less a prey to evil and death?—death which ends all and must come today or tomorrow—at any rate, in an instant as compared with eternity." And again he twisted the screw with the stripped thread, and again it turned uselessly in the same place.
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