Monday, July 05, 2010

Quotes from War and Peace by Tolstoy

From time to time I post some favorite quotes or song lyrics here on the Logical Misanthropy blog, and since I've been reading the Constance Garnett translation of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, I thought I'd put up a few of my favorites quotes from this massive novel. Here goes:

"He suffered from an unlucky faculty ... the faculty of seeing and believing in the possibility of good and truth, and at the same time seeing too clearly the evil and falsity of life to be capable of taking serious part in it. Every sphere of activity was in his eyes connected with evil and deception. Whatever he tried to be, whatever he took up, evil and falsity drove him back again and cut him off from every field of energy. And meanwhile he had to live, he had to be occupied. It was too awful to lie under the burden of those insoluble problems of life, and he abandoned himself to the first distraction that offered, simply to forget them."

"Sometimes Pierre remembered what he had been told of soldiers under fire in ambuscade when they have nothing to do, how they try hard to find occupation so as to bear their danger more easily. And Pierre pictured all men as such soldiers trying to find a refuge from life: some in ambition, some in cards, some in framing laws, some in women, some in playthings, some in horses, some in politics, some in sport, some in wine, some in the government service."

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