Leo Tolstoy..

War and peace

“Mathematics are most important, madam! I don’t want to have you like our silly ladies. Get used to it and you’ll like it,” and he patted her cheek. “It will drive all the nonsense out of your head.”

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it seems to me rather useless to spend time in reading what is unintelligible and can therefore bear no fruit.

people have for confusing their minds by dwelling on mystical books that merely awaken their doubts and excite their imagination, giving them a bent for exaggeration quite contrary to Christian simplicity.

a nap “after dinner was silver—before dinner, golden.”

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