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Clippings: Anna Karenina

“if you’re going to be proud of your ancestry, why stop short at Prince Rurik and repudiate your oldest ancestor — the ape?”  – Oblonsky

“‘Tell us something amusing but not malicious,’ said the ambassador’s wife, a great adept at that kind of elegant conversation which the English call ‘small-talk,’”

“if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.’”

“‘Oh, no! Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth but in seeking it.’ ” – Oblonsky

‘But I am married, and believe me, that “knowing only your wife, whom you love” — as somebody once said — “you can understand all women better than if you knew thousands”.’