Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Ghafeela Sohailhas quoted4 months ago
though in passing through these difficult moments he had not once thought of seeking guidance in religion; yet now, when his conclusion corresponded, as it seemed to him, with the requirements of religion, this religious sanction to his decision gave him complete satisfaction, and to some extent restored his peace of mind.
Natalyahas quoted3 years ago
Never afterward did he feel it with such intensity, but this first time he could not for a long while get over it. His natural feeling urged him to defend himself, to prove to her she was wrong; but to prove her wrong would mean irritating her still more and making the rupture greater that was the cause of all his suffering. One habitual feeling impelled him to get rid of the blame and to pass it on her; another feeling, even stronger, impelled him as quickly as possible to smooth over the rupture without letting it grow greater. To remain under such undeserved reproach was wretched, but to make her suffer by justifying himself was worse still. Like a man half-awake in an agony of pain, he wanted to tear out, to fling away the seat of pain, and, coming to his senses, he felt that the seat of pain was himself. He could do nothing but try to help the seat of pain bear it, and this he tried to do.
dianecilengihas quoted6 days ago
Three of the best heifers were allowed to overeat themselves to death
Kitkejthas quoted10 days ago
wife did not leave her own apartments; the husband had not been home for two days
graceruby335has quotedlast month
"With my brother there will be none of that aloofness there always used to be between us, there will be no disputes; with Kitty there shall never be quarrels; with the visitor, whoever he may be, I will be friendly and amiable; and with the servants, with Ivan- it will all be different."
graceruby335has quotedlast month
Under every article of faith of the Church could be put the faith in the service of truth instead of one's wants.
graceruby335has quotedlast month
And it seemed to him now that there was not a single article of faith of the Church which could destroy the chief thing- faith in God, in goodness, as the one goal of man's destiny
graceruby335has quotedlast month
"Now then, leave the children to themselves to get things alone and make their crockery, get the milk from the cows, and so on. Would they be naughty then? Why, they'd die of hunger! Well, then, leave us with our passions and thoughts, without any idea of the one God, of the Creator, or without any idea of what is right, without any idea of moral evil.
"Just try and build up anything without those ideas!
"We destroy them only because we're spiritually provided for. Exactly like the children
graceruby335has quotedlast month
"Yes, yes- good-by!" said Levin, breathless with excitement, and turning round he took his stick and walked quickly away toward home. At the peasant's words that Fokanich lived for his soul, in truth, in God's way, undefined but significant ideas seemed to burst forth, as though they had been locked up, and, all of them striving toward one goal, they thronged whirling through his head, blinding him with their light.
graceruby335has quotedlast month
So he lived, not knowing and not seeing any chance of knowing what he was and what he was living for, and harassed at this lack of knowledge to such a point that he was afraid of suicide, and yet firmly laying down his own individual definite path in life.
graceruby335has quotedlast month
"Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life's impossible; and that I can't know, and so I can't live," Levin said to himself.
graceruby335has quotedlast month
The question was summed up for him thus: "If I do not accept the answers Christianity gives to the problems of my life, what answers do I accept?"
graceruby335has quotedlast month
'm glad there's something to give my life for, for it's not simply useless but loathsome to me
graceruby335has quotedlast month
and all invent means of deceiving each other. And when one sees the truth, what is one to do?"
graceruby335has quotedlast month
And death rose clearly and vividly before her mind as the sole means of bringing back love for her in his heart, of punishing him and of gaining the victory in that strife which the evil spirit in possession of her heart was waging with him
graceruby335has quotedlast month
His desire to have children she interpreted as a proof he did not prize her beauty.
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Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
graceruby335has quotedlast month
But even though she knew it was her own ruin, she could not restrain herself, could not keep herself from proving to him that he was wrong, could not give way to him
graceruby335has quotedlast month
And being jealous of him, Anna was indignant against him and found grounds for indignation in everything. For everything that was difficult in her position she blamed him. The agonizing condition of suspense she had passed at Moscow, the tardiness and indecision of Alexei Alexandrovich, her solitude- she put it all down to him. If he had loved her he would have seen all the bitterness of her position, and would have rescued her from it
graceruby335has quotedlast month
To whom was he to turn if not to Him in whose hands he felt himself, his soul, and his love?
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