War and Peace: A Historical Novel, Volym 2

W.S. Gottsberger, 1886

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Sida 301 - Nature's general rules, and part of her habitual injustice, that "to him that hath shall be given, but from him that hath not, shall be taken even that which he hath.
Sida 68 - ... Russian army did, in fact, begin to improve from the time of that march, it does not at all follow that the improvement was caused by it. That oblique march might have been not simply of no use; it might have led to the destruction of the Russian army, but for the conjunction of other circumstances. What would have happened if Moscow had not been burnt? If Murat had not lost sight of the Russians? If Napoleon had not remained inactive? If, as Bennigsen and Barclay advised, the Russians had given...
Sida 99 - ... appointed to guard his person, who should set an example to the rest, are losing discipline to such a degree as to break into the cellars and stores prepared for the army. Others are so degraded that they refuse to obey sentinels and officers on guard, abuse them, and strike them. The chief marshal of the palace complains bitterly that, in spite of repeated prohibitions, the soldiers continue to commit nuisances in all the courtyards, and even before the Emperor's own windows.
Sida 351 - ... living Aristophanes to celebrate this step of a New Englander's education. Other men of the century had discovered this same god, but their worship had taken strangely different forms. "Power is power," says Tolstoy, reading for himself the lesson of history at the conclusion of his War and Peace: "that is, Power is a word, the true meaning of which is to us incomprehensible"; and then, as a good humanitarian, he personifies this Unknowable in the instinctive soul of the People. Nietzsche, too,...
Sida 259 - Karataiev has all the passive virtues ; pride and self-seeking have no part in him. Pierre meets with him at a critical moment in his life, when the sufferings he had gone through, and the horrors he had witnessed, had filled his soul with despair, and had extinguished his faith in God. Contact with essential goodness is more persuasive than any sermon, and Pierre learns from Karataiev what no one else had been able to teach him. It is as a prisoner, deprived not only of the luxuries to which he...
Sida 138 - This equation does not show the sum of the unknown quantity, but it shows the relation of the two unknown quantities that is to say of the warlike spirit — x and y — of the contending forces. By applying such a system of equations to various historical events : battles, campaigns and the duration of wars — — a series of numbers can be brought out which certainly include and may be made to reveal new laws. The...
Sida 134 - ... peasants burnt their hay rather than sell it. Hence it must be inferred that a victory had not its customary results, because the very peasants who after the departure of the French poured into Moscow to plunder the town — not, it must be said, a proof of any very heroic feeling — preferred to burning their fodder to selling it to the invaders, notwithstanding the high price they offered.
Sida 143 - The lad, whose uniform and blue foragingcap were torn, clung to the soldier with his cold, red hands, and looked about him with bewildered eyes as he beat his bare feet against the horse's haunches. Two or three hussars followed in single file along the narrow forest path, and after them the Cossacks, some in capes some in French capotes, some wrapped, head and all, in a cavalry housing. The drenching rain made the...
Sida 154 - I wanted to question him." " I questioned him," said Tikhone, " but he said he did not know much, ' and then,' says he, ' there are a great many of us, but a poor lot.

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