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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Levin had been married three months. He was happy, but not at all in the Levin had been married three months. He was happy, but not at all in the way he had expected to be. At every step he found his former dreams disappointed, and new, unexpected surprises of happiness. He was happy; but on entering upon family life he saw at every step that it was utterly different from what he had imagined. At every step he experienced what a man would experience who, after admiring the smooth, happy course of a little boat on a lake, should get himself into that little boat. He saw that it was not all sitting still, floating smoothly; that one had to think too, not for an instant to forget where one was floating; and that there was water under one, and that one must row; and that his unaccustomed hands would be sore; and that it was only to look at it that was easy; but that doing it, though very delightful, was very difficult. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Elif Batuman: While it's true that, as Tolstoy observed, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own While it's true that, as Tolstoy observed, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, and everyone on planet Earth, vale of tears that it is, is certainly entitled to the specificity of his or her suffering, one nonetheless likes to think that literature has the power to render comprehensible different kinds of unhappiness. If it can't do that, what's it good for? — Elif Batuman
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: I felt a wish never to leave that room - a wish that dawn might I felt a wish never to leave that room - a wish that dawn might never come, that my present frame of mind might never change. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Susan Cheever: When Tolstoy wrote that all happy families are alike, what he meant was that there When Tolstoy wrote that all happy families are alike, what he meant was that there are no happy families. — Susan Cheever
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Vladimir Nabokov: Between the ages of ten and fifteen in St. Petersburg, I must have read more Between the ages of ten and fifteen in St. Petersburg, I must have read more fiction and poetry - English, Russian and French - than in any other five-year period of my life. I relished especially the works of Wells, Poe, Browning, Keats, Flaubert, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Alexander Blok. On another level, my heroes were the Scarlet Pimpernel, Phileas Fogg, and Sherlock Holmes. In other words, I was a perfectly normal trilingual child in a family with a large library. At a later period, in Western Europe, between the ages of 20 and 40, my favorites were Housman, Rupert Brooke, Norman Douglas, Bergson, Joyce, Proust, and Pushkin. Of these top favorites, several - Poe, Jules Verne, Emmuska Orezy, Conan Doyle, and Rupert Brooke - have lost the glamour and thrill they held for me. The others remain intact and by now are probably beyond change as far as I am concerned. — Vladimir Nabokov
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Well Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But Well Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don't tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist - and 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! But how are you? I see I have frightened you - sit down and tell me all the news. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: In order to carry through any undertaking in family life, there must necessarily be either In order to carry through any undertaking in family life, there must necessarily be either complete division between the husband and wife, or loving agreement. When the relations of a couple are vacillating and neither one thing nor the other, no sort of enterprise can be undertake.
Many families remain for years in the same place, though both husband and wife are sick of it, simply because there is neither complete division nor agreement between them. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: He had never thought the question over clearly, but vaguely imagined that his wife had 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
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: What is the law of nature? Is it to know that my security and that What is the law of nature? Is it to know that my security and that of my family, all my amusements and pleasures, are purchased at the expense of misery, deprivation, and suffering to thousands of human beings - by the terror of the gallows; by the misfortune of thousands stifling within prison walls; by the fear inspired by millions of soldiers and guardians of civilization, torn from their homes and besotted by discipline, to protect our pleasures with loaded revolvers against the possible interference of the famishing? Is it to purchase every fragment of bread that I put in my mouth and the mouths of my children by the numberless privations that are necessary to procure my abundance? Or is it to be certain that my piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that every one else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat? — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Society in itself is no great harm, but unsatisfied social aspirations are a bad and Society in itself is no great harm, but unsatisfied social aspirations are a bad and ugly business. We must certainly accept, and we will. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: There remained only those rare periods of amorousness which still came to them at times There remained only those rare periods of amorousness which still came to them at times but did not last long. These were islets at which they anchored for a while and then again set out upon that ocean of veiled hostility which showed itself in their aloofness from one another. This aloofness might have grieved Ivan Ilych had he considered that it ought not to exist, but he now regarded the position as normal, and even made it the goal at which he aimed in family life. His — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: I was wrong when I said that I did not regret the past. I do I was wrong when I said that I did not regret the past. I do regret it; I weep for the past love which can never return. Who is to blame, I do not know. Love remains, but not the old love; its place remains, but it is all wasted away and has lost all strength and substance; recollections are still left, and gratitude; but ... — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Every happy family is happy in the same way. Every unhappy family is unhappy in Every happy family is happy in the same way. Every unhappy family is unhappy in different ways. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: I wrote: teaching what was for me the only truth, namely, that one should live I wrote: teaching what was for me the only truth, namely, that one should live so as to have the best for oneself and one's family. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Just imagine the existence of a man - let us call him A - who Just imagine the existence of a man - let us call him A - who has left youth far behind, and of a woman whom we may call B, who is young and happy and has seen nothing as yet of life or of the world. Family circumstances of various kinds brought them together, and he grew to love her as a daughter, and had no fear that his love would change its nature. But he forgot that B was so young, that life was still a May-game to her and that it was easy to fall in love with her in a different way, and that this would amuse her. He made a mistake and was suddenly aware of another feeling, as heavy as remorse, making its way into his heart, and he was afraid. He was afraid that their old friendly relations would be destroyed, and he made up his mind to go away before that happened. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Bel Kaufman: Good teachers, like Tolstoy's happy families, are alike everywhere. Good teachers, like Tolstoy's happy families, are alike everywhere. — Bel Kaufman
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Stepan Arkadyevitch, who liked a joke, was fond of puzzling a plain man by saying Stepan Arkadyevitch, who liked a joke, was fond of puzzling a plain man by saying that if he prided himself on his origin, he ought not to stop at Rurik and disown the first founder of his family
the monkey. — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: So you make a sacrifice!' he threw special emphasis on the last word. 'Well, so So you make a sacrifice!' he threw special emphasis on the last word. 'Well, so do I. What could be better? We complete in generosity
what an example of family happiness! — Leo Tolstoy
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Family Tolstoy Sayings By Carrie Vaughn: Why vampires? You write centuries-long family sagas - why not write historical epics without any Why vampires? You write centuries-long family sagas - why not write historical epics without any hint of the supernatural?"

"Well, that would be boring, wouldn't it?"

"Yeah, God only knows what Tolstoy was thinking. — Carrie Vaughn
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: He remembered his mother's love for him, and his family's, and his friends', and the He remembered his mother's love for him, and his family's, and his friends', and the enemy's intention to kill him seemed impossible. — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Jeanette Winterson: In a vacuum all photons travel at the same speed. They slow down when travelling In a vacuum all photons travel at the same speed. They slow down when travelling through air or water or glass. Photons of different energies are slowed down at different rates. If Tolstoy had known this, would he have recognised the terrible untruth at the beginning of Anna Karenina? 'All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own particular way.' In fact it's the other way around. Happiness is a specific. Misery is a generalisation. People usually know exactly why they are happy. They very rarely know why they are miserable. — Jeanette Winterson
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: No, pardon me, I consider myself and people like me aristocrats: people who can point No, pardon me, I consider myself and people like me aristocrats: people who can point back to three or four honourable generations of their family, all with a high standard of education (talent and intelligence are a different matter), who have never cringed before anyone, never depended on anyone, but have lived as my father and my grandfather did. I know many such. You consider it mean for me to count the trees in my wood while you give Ryabinin thirty thousand roubles; but you will receive a Goernment grant and I don't know what other award, and I shan't, so I value what is mine by birth and labour ... We - and not those who only manage to exist by the bounty of the mighty of this world, and who can be bought for a piece of silver - are the aristocrats.
-Levin — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Then as now much time was spent arguing about the rights of women, husband-and-wife relationships Then as now much time was spent arguing about the rights of women, husband-and-wife relationships and freedom and rights within marriage, but Natasha had no interest in any such questions.
Questions like these, then as now, existed exclusively for people who see marriage only in terms of satisfaction given and received by the married couple, though this is only one principle of married life rather than its overall meaning, which lies in the family. — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: I know more of the world than you do," she said. "I know how men I know more of the world than you do," she said. "I know how men like Stiva look at it. You speak of his talking of you with her. That never happened. Such men are unfaithful, but their home and wife are sacred to them. Somehow or other these women are still looked on with contempt by them, and do not touch on their feeling for their family. They draw a sort of line that can't be crossed between them and their families. I don't understand it, but it is so. — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace is many things. It is a war novel, a family saga, a War and Peace is many things. It is a war novel, a family saga, a love story. But at its core it is a book about people trying to find their footing in a ruptured world. It is a novel about human beings attempting to create a meaningful life for themselves in a country being torn apart by war, social change, and spiritual confusion. Russian — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Atul Gawande: What tormented Ivan Ilyich most," Tolstoy writes, "was the deception, the lie, which for some What tormented Ivan Ilyich most," Tolstoy writes, "was the deception, the lie, which for some reason they all accepted, that he was not dying but was simply ill, and he only need keep quiet and undergo a treatment and then something very good would result." Ivan Ilyich has flashes of hope that maybe things will turn around, but as he grows weaker and more emaciated he knows what is happening. He lives in mounting anguish and fear of death. But death is not a subject that his doctors, friends, or family can countenance. That is what causes him his most profound pain. — Atul Gawande
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Sherman Alexie: Gordie, the white boy genius, gave me this book by a Russian dude named Tolstoy, Gordie, the white boy genius, gave me this book by a Russian dude named Tolstoy, who wrote, 'Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Well, I hate to argue with a Russian genius, but Tolstoy didn't know Indians, and he didn't know that all Indian families are unhappy for the same exact reasons: the frikkin' booze. — Sherman Alexie
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, writer, essayist, philosopher, Christian anarchist, pacifist, educational reformer, moral thinker, and an influential member of the Tolstoy family. As a fiction writer Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all novelists, particularly noted for his masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina; in their scope, breadth and realistic depiction of Russian life, the two books stand at the peak of realistic fiction. As a moral philosopher he was notable for his ideas on nonviolent resistance through his work The Kingdom of God is Within You, which in turn influenced such twentieth-century figures as Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Source: Wikipedia — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: Rostov was not listening to the soldier. He looked at the snowflakes dancing above the Rostov was not listening to the soldier. He looked at the snowflakes dancing above the fire and remembered the Russian winter with a warm, bright house, a fluffy fur coat, swift sleighs, a healthy body, and all the love and care of a family. "And why did I come here?" he wondered. — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: In order to undertake anything in family life, it is necessary that there be either In order to undertake anything in family life, it is necessary that there be either complete discord between the spouses or loving harmony. But when the relations between spouses are uncertain and there is neither the one nor the other, nothing can be undertaken. — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Jon Krakauer: On July 2, McCandless finished reading Tolstoy's "Family Happiness", having marked several passages that moved On July 2, McCandless finished reading Tolstoy's "Family Happiness", having marked several passages that moved him:
"He was right in saying that the only certain happiness in life is to live for others ...
I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books , music, love for one's neighbor - such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps - what more can the heart of a man desire?" ... — Jon Krakauer
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: The liberal party said that marriage is an institution quite out of date, and that The liberal party said that marriage is an institution quite out of date, and that it needs reconstruction; and family life certainly afforded Stepan Arkadyevitch little gratification, and forced him into lying and hypocrisy, which was so repulsive to his nature. — Leo Tolstoy
Family Tolstoy Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: He had been longing to get at these Frenchmen and to cut them down, their He had been longing to get at these Frenchmen and to cut them down, their being so near seemed to him now so awful that he could not believe his eyes. "Who are they? What are they running for? Can it be to me? Can they be running to me? And what for? To kill me? Me, whom every one's so fond of?" He recalled his mother's love, the love of his family and his friends, and the enemy's intention of killing him seemed impossible. "But they may even kill me." For more than ten seconds he stood, not moving from the spot, nor grasping his position. The foremost Frenchman with the hook nose was getting so near that he could see the expression of his face. And the excited, alien countenance of the man, who was running so lightly and breathlessly towards him, with his bayonet lowered, terrified Rostov. He snatched up his pistol, and instead of firing with it, flung it at the Frenchman and ran to the bushes with all his might. — Leo Tolstoy