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Spring, love, happiness! Are you not weary of that stupid, meaningless, constantly repeated fraud? Always the same and always a fraud! There is no spring, no sun, no happiness!
If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.
He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it.
Everything ends in death, everything. Death is terrible.
Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself.
He is not apprehended by reason, but by life.
Those are the men, ' added Bolkonsky with a sigh which he could not suppress, as they went out of the palace, 'those are the men who decide the fate of nations.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom.
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.
In the legal respect, after the execution of the supposed incendiaries, the other half of Moscow burned down.
This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer.
What a terrible thing war is, what a terrible thing!
the same question arose in every soul: "For what, for whom, must I kill and be killed?"... p982
Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
The subject of history is the life of peoples and mankind.
Everything I know, I know because of love.
Power is the sum total of the wills of the mass, transfered by express or tactic agreement to rulers chosen by the masses.
Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.
He had learned that, as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free, so there is no situation in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree.
Life did not stop, and one had to live.
There lay between them, separating them, that same terrible line of the unknown and of fear, like the line separating the living from the dead.
Her maternal instinct told her Natasha had too much of something, and because of this she would not be happy
Dumnezeu este doar unul şi acelaşi pretutindeni.
It's too easy to criticize a man when he's out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else's mistakes.
Well, pray if you like, only you'd do better to use your judgment.
Power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand.
In order to understand, observe, deduce, man must first be conscious of himself as alive.
A man's every action is inevitably conditioned by what surrounds him and by his own body.
Man lives consciously for himself, but serves as an unconscious instrument for the achievement of historical, universally human goals.
Why nowadays there's a new fashion every day.
There are such repulsive faces in the world.
How can one be well...when one suffers morally?
Man lives consciously for himself but unconsciously he serves as an instrument for the accomplishment of historical and social ends.
...suffering and freedom have their limits...those limits are very near together.
Everything depends on upbringing.
I'm not a goose, you're the gooses for crying over nothing
everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait . . . there is nothing stronger than these two: patience and time, they will do it all.
he was one of those diplomats who like and know how to work, and, despite his laziness, he occasionally spent nights at his desk.
There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before...
If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.
We are asleep until we fall in Love!
In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning.
It's not given to people to judge what's right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.
The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
Book is a nice companion
Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.
Men always did and always will err and nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.