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Vengeance is mine; I will repay.
[Epigraph]
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All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
[Pt. I, ch. 1]
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There was no answer, except the general answer life gives to all the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: one must live for the needs of the day, in other words, become oblivious. To become oblivious in dreams was impossible now, at least till night-time; it was impossible to return to that music sung by carafe-women; and so one had to become oblivious in the dreams of life.
[Pt. 1, ch. 2]
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He knew she was there by the joy and fear that overwhelmed his heart.
[Pt. I, ch. 9]
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He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.
[Pt. I, ch. 9]
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Vronsky, meanwhile, in spite of the complete realization of what he had so long desired, was not perfectly happy. He soon felt that the realization of his desires gave him no more than a grain of sand out of the mountain of happiness he had expected. It showed him the mistake men make in picturing to themselves happiness as the realization of their desires. For a time after joining his life to hers, and putting on civilian dress, he had felt all the delight of freedom in general, of which he had known nothing before, and of freedom in his love and he was content, but not for long. He was soon aware that there was springing up in his heart a desire for desires longing. Without conscious intention he began to clutch at every passing caprice, taking it for a desire and an object.
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One can insult an honest man or an honest woman, but to tell a thief that he is a thief is merely la constation d'un fait [The establishing of a fact.]
[Pt. IV, ch. 4]
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Reason has discovered the struggle for existence and the law that I must throttle all those who hinder the satisfaction of my desires. That is the deduction reason makes. But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.
[Pt. VIII, ch. 13]
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There is one evident, indubitable manifestation of the Divinity, and that is the laws of right which are made known to the world through Revelation.
[Pt. VIII, ch. 19]
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My reason will still not understand why I pray, but I shall still pray, and my life, my whole life, independently of anything that may happen to me, is every moment of it no longer meaningless as it was before, but has an unquestionable meaning of goodness with which I have the power to invest it.'
[Pt. VIII, ch. 19]
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