He had the unlucky capacity many men, especially Russians, have of seeing and believing in the possibility of goodness and truth, but of seeing the evil and falsehood of life too clearly to be able to take any serious part in life. Every sphere of activity was, in his eyes, linked with evil and deception
— War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (via lifeallthewayuplikeabullfighter)
'Can this be death?' thought Prince Andrey, gazing with completely new, envious eyes at the grass, at the wormwood, and at the little stream of smoke curling up from the spinning black ball. 'I can't, I don't want to die, I love life, I love this grass, the earth, the air…'
— Prince Andrey in Tolstoy’s War and Peace (Volume III, Part II, Chapter XXXVI)
Nothing’s so necessary for a young man as the society of clever women.
— Prince Vassily Kuragin, War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (via steveethesharkslayer)