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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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May 09, 2010

it was amazing
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Read from May 09 to December 08, 2010

Better late than never... Some of my favorite excepts from War and Peace. They are not really spoilers, but if you're the type that doesn't read the back of the book cover before you read the book, you may not want to read on, though the quotes I included don't really reveal any plot, only some excerpts from profound thoughts by major characters:

-"Every utterance, every action of his, was the manifestation of a force unknown to him, which was his life. But his life, as he saw it, had no meaning as a separate entity. It had meaning only as a part of a whole of which he was at all times conscious. His words and actions flowed from him as smoothly, spontaneously, and inevitably as fragrance emanates from a flower. He could not understand the value or significance of any word or deed taken separately."

-"Love? What is love? he thought. Love hinders death. Love is life. All, all that I understand I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists only because I love. All is connected by love alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the universal and eternal source."

-"No, life is not over... It is not enough for me to know all that I have in me... everyone must know -- everyone must know me so that my life may not be lived for myself alone, while others,... live so apart from it: it must be lived so that it may be reflected in all of them, so that they may share my life with me!"

-"And love for one's neighbor, and self-sacrifice? No, I cannot agree with you! To live solely to avoid doing evil, so as not to repent, is not enough. I lived like that, I lived for myself, and it ruined my life. And only now when I am living for others, or at least trying to, only now do I realize all the happiness life holds."

- Count Leo Tolstoy

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Elisabeth Shinn Which translation did you read, David? I think I'm going to take the plunge...

David Woods Ann Dunnigan's translation

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