He had heard that women often love plain ordinary men, but he did not believe it, because he judged by himself and he could only love beautiful mysterious exceptional women.
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
It is true, I deny the incomprehensible Trinity, and the fable regarding the fall of man, which is absurd in our day. It is true, I deny the sacrilegious story of a God born of a virgin to redeem the race.
Ivan Ilych's life was most simple, and most ordinary, and therefore most terrible.
Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Laws are rules established by men who are in control of organized violence for the non fulfillment of which those who do not fulfill them are subjected to personal injuries, the loss of liberty, and even capital punishment.
Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their lives as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life.
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
If you are content with the old world, try to preserve it, it is very sick and cannot hold out much longer. But if you cannot bear to live in everlasting dissonance between your beliefs and your life, thinking one thing and doing another, get out of the medieval whited sepulchers, and face your fears. I know very well it is not easy.