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“Liberty and equality,” said the Vicomte contemptuously, as if at last deciding seriously to prove to this youth how foolish his words were, “high-sounding words which have long been discredited. Who does not love liberty and equality? Even our Savior … Continue reading

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Influence in society, however, is a capital which has to be economized if it is to last. —Leo Tolstoy/War and Peace

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Each visitor performed the ceremony of greeting this old aunt whom not one of them knew, not one of them wanted to know, and not one of them cared about; Anna Pavlovna observed these greetings with mournful and solemn interest … Continue reading

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Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the society of clever women. —Leo Tolstoy/War and Peace

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Apparently she had forgotten her age and by force of habit employed all the old feminine arts. —Leo Tolstoy/War and Peace

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Here the conversation seemed interesting and he stood waiting for an opportunity to express his own views, as young people are fond of doing. —Leo Tolstoy/War and Peace

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Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part. Anna Pavlovna Scherer on the contrary, despite her forty years, overflowed with animation and impulsiveness. To be an enthusiast had become her social vocation and, sometimes even when … Continue reading

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“If they had known that you wished it, the entertainment would have been put off,” said the prince, who, like a wound-up clock, by force of habit said things he did not even wish to be believed. —Leo Tolstoy/War and … Continue reading

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He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only spoke but thought, and with the gentle, patronizing intonation natural to a man of importance who had grown old in society and at court. —Leo Tolstoy/War and Peace

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The Karenins, husband and wife, continued living in the same house, met every day, but were complete strangers to one another. —Leo Tolstoy/Anna Karenina

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