Alex had invited her to look at his financial files any time she wanted, and yet it seemed an intrusion on his privacy.
But this wasn't just any trip.
He did it very cleverly, indeed, and the Princess looked at the strange piglets as if she were as truly astonished as any vegetable person could be.
Will we see any dolphins, Dad?
The whistle did not please him any more.
At least he couldn't blame her for any lack of attention this time.
At any rate, Alex joined forces with his father in the request for a DNA test.
It's not a decision or a wish any more.
There had been no sound of any kind and no warning.
Call me if there's any change.
On a sudden thought I ran upstairs before any one could stop me, to put on my idea of a company dress.
I never knew any Madame Jacquot.
If his tone was any indication, he wanted more.
"You may choose any subject that you like best," said the teacher.
She doesn't have any reason to be jealous of me.
He hadn't lied about any of it.
I cannot give you any more.
In any case, Alex hadn't actually concealed his financial status.
I do not know any song.
I don't want any of them!
He was respectful of her concerns, but they didn't see eye-to-eye on any of it - except the fact that they both wanted another child.
The neighbors couldn't see into any of their windows, and they were far enough off the main road that the only traffic would be people coming to see them.
He didn't need any tips on the art of romancing.
The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the earth, and the natural fear that sudden death was about to overtake them at any moment.
These soldiers guarded the streets of the town; they would not let any one go out or come in without their leave.
Whether you are rich or poor, live in the developed world or the developing world, life today is better and easier than it was a century ago by virtually any measure.
I just didn't see any point in spending money on new clothes when my old ones still had a lot of wear in them.
Alex said it might not have made any difference, and reminded her that she needed to think positive.
"If it had any bones, I ate them," replied the kitten, composedly, as it washed its face after the meal.
And don't go to any meeting yourself, do you hear?
To be fair, his father hadn't made things any better by offering money to Alex and not his sister.
Of course, Alex didn't have any gray hair yet, and his lips were fuller - more defined.
He didn't need any preconceived ideas about his little brother or sister.
Home was any place they were together.
I don't see how that's any different than you trying to protect me.
But then, he had made it clear from the start that he didn't want any of them in his life.
Alex didn't like any kind of discord, which generally meant that she shouldn't contest anything he said or did.
They wanted Dad to annul the marriage - even cut off any money for Mom.
He probably hasn't had any cause to speak French.
She hadn't helped any by turning their past problems into a monetary issue.
It might take a few days to notice any improvement from the antibiotics.
You won't have any relief.
It was the first time they made love any place outside their bedroom, and it was way beyond exciting.
In any case, Alex might not be happy with her old-fashioned ideas.
He said he wouldn't offer her any money until he had more facts.
I can't see any of the girls running the ranch... or wanting to, for that matter.
It shouldn't make any difference if he's adopted.
Can you remember any breakfast that I've had today? growled Jim, as if he resented Zeb's speech.
If you had any sense at all you'd known it was the earthquake.
"Will there be any more Rains?" asked the man with the star.
It was all they could do, for to go away and leave that strange sight was impossible; nor could they hurry its fall in any way.
"You don't need milk, Eureka," remarked Dorothy; "you are big enough now to eat any kind of food."
But it is a long time since I have had any sleep, and I'm tired.
If there was any other place to go, I'd like to go there.
The Mangaboos were much impressed because they had never before seen any light that did not come directly from their suns.
The second and even more singular fact was the absence of any inhabitant of this splendid place.
Many large and fierce bears roam in the Valley of Voe, and when they can catch any of us they eat us up; but as they cannot see us, we seldom get caught.
Yes; for they eat of the dama-fruit, as we all do, and that keeps them from being seen by any eye, whether human or animal.
"The Valley of Voe is certainly a charming place," resumed the Wizard; "but we cannot be contented in any other land than our own, for long."
They followed the course of a broad stream and passed several more pretty cottages; but of course they saw no one, nor did any one speak to them.
"This," said the man, taking up a box and handling it gently, "contains twelve dozen rustles--enough to last any lady a year.
There are certain things proper for a kitten to eat; but I never heard of a kitten eating a pig, under ANY cir'stances.
There was no sound to be heard anywhere throughout the country.
Just you light out and make for that rock, Jim; and don't waste any time about it, either.
But don't you lose heart, Jim, for I'm sure this isn't the end of our story, by any means.
Are there any horses in Oz?
Throwing my voice into any object I pleased, to make it appear that the object was speaking instead of me.
I won't have any quarrelling in the Land of Oz, I can tell you!
"You are at least six feet high, and that is higher than any other animal in this country," said the Steward.
But there is any quantity of oatmeal, which we often cook for breakfast.
He was ready to serve his country in any way that he could.
They could not give him any help.
A farmer is as good as any other man; and where there's no room for a farmer, there can be no room for me.
He would not listen to anyone who tried to persuade him to stay at home.
The wreaths were so nearly alike that none of those who were with the king could point out any difference.
But he had never seen any pictures except a few small ones in a book.
When Daniel Webster was a child he lived in the country, far from any city.
He was a very wise and powerful ruler, and he made his country the greatest of any that was then known.
Soon another came up and said, "My boy, do you happen to have any gold about you?"
But are there any gentle, harmless animals in your fields?
He groped around in the dim light, but could not find any way of escape.
They do not deserve any gifts from the city.
Let those who wish any corn bring money and buy it.
It was Carl's duty to sit outside of the king's bedroom and be ready to serve him at any time.
Do you know of any person who was once poor but who has lately and suddenly become well-to-do?
Most of the old men answered that they did not know of any such person.
I do not know any song; and my voice is harsh and unpleasant.
He taught, also, that a friend is the greatest blessing that any one can have.
Do you expect to find any man in Corinth who deserves so rich a gift?
There is no reason any of them have to be.
My point is: While the Internet does all those things, it is not accurate to say the Internet is only any one of them.
But I do think we will see an end to any effective constraints relating to computers' ability to process data and transfer information.
But at a certain point, you don't need any more, and the technology is mature.
This begs the question, "Is any of it any good, really?"
Who could argue there was ever a better time to start a business any time in the world?
Do I need to prove we have an explosion of technological progress dwarfing the wildest dreams of any age?
In any event, King Croesus had it in his mind to wage war against the Persians, so he asked the oracle: "Should I attack the Persians?"
That device can track where you are at any time.
Why are there fewer traffic jams in one certain city than in any other of its size?
Any time you can move data collection from humans to computers, you get vast improvements in efficiency.
Any time you can move data storage from brains to hard drives, you get vast improvements in efficiency.
Any time you can move data processing from intellects to CPUs, you get vast improvements in efficiency.
Humans should not feel threatened in any way by this, and yet it still makes some people defensive and uncomfortable.
Any task a computer can do better than a person is, by definition, a task requiring no human creativity or ingenuity.
And Jim never has met any of his dinner guests beforehand.
When the salesperson rings up your purchase, no one tells him he had better forget what shoes he sold you with that suit and not to use that information to advise any future clients.
Regarding disorders and disabilities: We should be able to repair, heal, or replace any part of the body not functioning at the level the person with the disability reasonably wishes it to.
Many of the treatments of the ancient world had high degrees of efficacy, all obtained without access to any modern knowledge or equipment.
Then you ask the computer for any other statistical anomalies between these two populations.
We will know how to live our lives to best maximize any and all factors.
But no one had any idea of the mechanism by which this could be achieved.
You knew little of what any other scientist was working on.
This will likely not ever be perfect, but any insight it can offer us is a gain.
In any event, this much is certain: We will see medical advances in the future that seem impossible today.
My purpose in this chapter will not be to persuade the reader of any political doctrine of trade; please apply your own political and social values as you see fit.
Any task that could be done a machine is, by definition, dehumanizing to a human being.
In the future, we will paint surfaces with substances full of nanites that will absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity, transforming any object we paint into a clean energy creator.
Or nanites that clean up any toxic chemicals they find and turn them into harmless agents?
It will be better than any pan you own today.
It will verify the credentials of any service people who come by.
Your house will not be "smart" insofar as it will not seem alive to you any more than your garage door opener or your web browser does.
But I expect that technology and free enterprise will take us across a threshold where things formerly regarded as scarce will not be so any more.
This is a straight shot to economic poverty for any country desperate enough to try it.
When I talk about this future, a future in which machines will do more and more of the work people do now, I always get some variant of the same question: What about the people who lose their jobs to machines and don't have any other skills?
The implication is always that some people are simply unable to do any job that a machine cannot do.
But sadly, other people don't think his work is any good.
They don't really worry about whether playing polo or building orphanages or any other chosen pursuit can pay the bills, because they don't need it to pay the bills.
Citizens in these countries are grateful for any job that pays anything at all, and their primary concern is simply survival.
In any case, as the song says, The times, they are a-changin'—and they are changing in a manner that governments probably can't keep up with.
Start with India, which has more chronically hungry people than any other country.
In fact, China produces more food than any other country in the world, triple the amount the United States produces.
In any case, he found something else interesting.
And I go to any farmers market I happen across.
In any case, it seems better to me than irradiating corn, planting it, and hoping to hit a jackpot.
In any case, there are other ways to use genetic modification to get energy.
Precision agriculture involves collecting massive amounts of data, more than any human can process, and applying various algorithms, self-teaching in nature, to achieve optimum outcomes.
Farming will be done on such a scale that thousands of experiments can be happening at any one time, putting a tiny fraction of the produce at risk.
Eleni is CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, which works like this: Farmers in Ethiopia bring their crops to any of two hundred market centers around the country.
I do not say this to advance any political doctrine.
That is, agree in principle but decline any personal accountability.
The full quote runs: "Necessitous men are not, truly speaking, free men, but, to answer a present exigency, will submit to any terms that the crafty may impose upon them."
But what if everyone in the nation, rich and poor, were to be mailed a $2,000 food card annually, redeemable at the grocery store for any of several hundred nutritious foods?
Why would we conduct ourselves any differently in world affairs?
The implication is that any time they nursed, they felt pain as well, to learn at an early age that there is no pleasure to be had in life without pain.
(I don't personally see how a chicken, in any situation, can have dignity.
A war which became general, as any limited action might, would only result in the virtual destruction of mankind.
No one I knew of had ever seriously considered the possibility that without any conflict, treaty, war, or even a coin toss, the Soviet Union would simply vote itself into nonexistence in 1991.
It is hard to see how all-out war turns a profit for anyone in any scenario.
Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa is a contributing factor in any number of conflicts there.
This is not to say that if another Pearl Harbor or another 9/11 occurred, people in any country wouldn't rise to the occasion and make great sacrifices if needed.
Electronic transfers mean the money of a government, business, or individual might be anywhere at any time.
Large movements in any large foreign market are newsworthy.
We will avoid war because it is unprofitable; and while that is not a moral reason, any reason that brings peace is fine by me.
Monarchies with any real, significant power are just waiting out the clock.
A handheld GPS unit can settle any well-defined border issue.
More people speak some English than any other language.
If it is any comfort, languages won't truly be dead.
According to Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, The United States continues to host more international students than any other country in the world.
In an era when cameras were cumbersome and the number of channels on TV could be counted on one hand with enough fingers left over to snap, very little video of any kind was seen.
My memory is a big part of who I am and I have no desire to trade any of it away.
The title of Ralph Nader's book was right: That car was Unsafe at Any Speed, at least with the master cylinder removed.
Any given nation usually has a large amount of homogeneity.
When confronted with any thorny societal problem, I apply the same basic thought process I used on the five topics of this book.
Martha Washington understood my signs, and I seldom had any difficulty in making her do just as I wished.
We lived a long way from any school for the blind or the deaf, and it seemed unlikely that any one would come to such an out-of-the-way place as Tuscumbia to teach a child who was both deaf and blind.
From the beginning of my education Miss Sullivan made it a practice to speak to me as she would speak to any hearing child; the only difference was that she spelled the sentences into my hand instead of speaking them.
The illustrative strings and the orange stick representing the poles seemed so real that even to this day the mere mention of temperate zone suggests a series of twine circles; and I believe that if any one should set about it he could convince me that white bears actually climb the North Pole.
Miss Sullivan and I kept up a game of guessing which taught me more about the use of language than any set lessons could have done.
She was covered with dirt – the remains of mud pies I had compelled her to eat, although she had never shown any special liking for them.
We would have taken any way rather than this; but it was late and growing dark, and the trestle was a short cut home.
I do not feel each letter any more than you see each letter separately when you read.
An impish fear clutched my hand, so that I could not write any more that day.
I cannot fathom or define their meaning any more than I can fathom or define love or religion or goodness.
Indeed, I think I made more progress in German than in any of my other studies.
Of course my instructors had had no experience in teaching any but normal pupils, and my only means of conversing with them was reading their lips.
Burke's speech was more instructive than any other book on a political subject that I had ever read.
I wish to say here that I have not had this advantage since in any of my examinations.
I still found more difficulty in mastering problems in mathematics than I did in any other of my studies.
The proctor was also a stranger, and did not attempt to communicate with me in any way.
But I do not blame any one.
The first book that gave me any real sense of the value of history was Swinton's "World History," which I received on my thirteenth birthday.
In spite of the lapse of years, they seem so close to me that I should not think it strange if at any moment they should clasp my hand and speak words of endearment as they used to before they went away.
And He is happier than any of us because He is greater than any of us, and also because He not merely SEES your happiness as we do, but He also MADE it.
I am not blind any longer, for I see with your eyes and hear with your ears.
I am very sorry to say that Tommy has not learned any words yet.
For a whole week it has been "cold and dark and dreary" in Tuscumbia, and I must confess the continuous rain and dismalness of the weather fills me with gloomy thoughts and makes the writing of letters, or any pleasant employment, seem quite impossible.
Teacher's eyes have been hurting her so that she could not write to any one, and I have been trying to fulfil a promise which I made last summer.
I would like to feel a parrot talk, it would be so much fun! but I would be pleased with, and love any little creature you send me.
At present there is no library of any sort in the town.
The ancient cannon, which look seaward, wear a very menacing expression; but I doubt if there is any unkindness in their rusty old hearts.
They permitted themselves startling liberties when any one caressed them, crowding themselves almost into one's arms and helping themselves without ceremony to kisses, apparently unconscious of the impropriety of their conduct.
The knowledge doesn't make life any sweeter or happier, does it?
Next to my own dear teacher, he has done more than any one else to enrich and broaden my mind.
They would not allow Teacher to read any of the papers to me; so the papers were copied for me in braille.
But you must not think I blame any one.
She said she did not consider a degree of any real value, but thought it was much more desirable to do something original than to waste one's energies only for a degree.
The Proctor also was a stranger, and did not attempt to communicate with me in any way; and, as they were both unfamiliar with my speech, they could not readily understand what I said to them.
I had used it all through my school work, and never any other system.
I never received any direct instruction in the Gilman School.
My friends thought we might have one or two pupils in our own home, thereby securing to me the advantage of being helpful to others without any of the disadvantages of a large school.
TO MR. WILLIAM WADE Cambridge, February 2, 1901. ...By the way, have you any specimens of English braille especially printed for those who have lost their sight late in life or have fingers hardened by long toil, so that their touch is less sensitive than that of other blind people?
If any one whom she is touching laughs at a joke, she laughs, too, just as if she had heard it.
If she knows the difference between Schumann and Beethoven, it is because she has read it, and if she has read it, she remembers it and can tell any one who asks her.
This much is certain, she cannot have any sense that other people may not have, and the existence of a special sense is not evident to her or to any one who knows her.
Miss Keller is distinctly not a singular proof of occult and mysterious theories, and any attempt to explain her in that way fails to reckon with her normality.
She is no more mysterious and complex than any other person.
She does not, it would seem, prove the existence of spirit without matter, or of innate ideas, or of immortality, or anything else that any other human being does not prove.
If she had any conception, there is no way of discovering it now; for she cannot remember, and obviously there was no record at the time.
It should be said that any double-case watch with the crystal removed serves well enough for a blind person whose touch is sufficiently delicate to feel the position of the hands and not disturb or injure them.
Now that she has grown up, nobody thinks of being less frank with her than with any other intelligent young woman.
But neither temperament nor training allowed her to make her pupil the object of any experiment or observation which did not help in the child's development.
Many people have thought that any attempt to find the principles in her method would be nothing but a later theory superimposed on Miss Sullivan's work.
It must be remembered that Miss Sullivan had to solve her problems unaided by previous experience or the assistance of any other teacher.
She is unresponsive and even impatient of caresses from any one except her mother.
The two letters "c-a," you see, had reminded her of Fridays "lesson"--not that she had any idea that cake was the name of the thing, but it was simply a matter of association, I suppose.
I told her that in my opinion the child ought to be separated from the family for a few weeks at least--that she must learn to depend on and obey me before I could make any headway.
I don't think she has any special tenderness for them--I have never seen her caress them; but she dresses and undresses them many times during the day and handles them exactly as she has seen her mother and the nurse handle her baby sister.
She usually feels the softest step and throws out her arms to ascertain if any one is near her.
I have told Captain and Mrs. Keller that they must not interfere with me in any way.
Her father objected and said that no child of his should be deprived of his food on any account.
Helen loves to dig and play in the dirt like any other child.
Last week she made her doll an apron, and it was done as well as any child of her age could do it.
I SHALL USE COMPLETE SENTENCES IN TALKING TO HER, and fill out the meaning with gestures and her descriptive signs when necessity requires it; but I shall not try to keep her mind fixed on any one thing.
No, I don't want any more kindergarten materials.
I used my little stock of beads, cards and straws at first because I didn't know what else to do; but the need for them is past, for the present at any rate.
She knew, too, that I sometimes write "letters to blind girls" on the slate; but I didn't suppose that she had any clear idea what a letter was.
If, indeed, they apply to me even remotely, I do not see that I deserve any laudation on that account.
It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!
I told her that she had better not talk about it any more, but think.
But it hardly seems possible that any mere words should convey to one who has never seen a mountain the faintest idea of its grandeur; and I don't see how any one is ever to know what impression she did receive, or the cause of her pleasure in what was told her about it.
There isn't a living soul in this part of the world to whom I can go for advice in this, or indeed, in any other educational difficulty.
I wonder if she has any vague idea of colour--any reminiscent impression of light and sound.
I doubt if any teacher ever had a work of such absorbing interest.
Neither the length of the word nor the combination of letters seems to make any difference to the child.
For a whole evening she will sit at the table writing whatever comes into her busy brain; and I seldom find any difficulty in reading what she has written.
Helen is as eager to have stories told her as any hearing child I ever knew.
Her motions are often more expressive than any words, and she is as graceful as a nymph.
It is impossible for any one with whom Helen is conversing to be particularly happy or sad, and withhold the knowledge of this fact from her.
Several experiments were tried, to determine positively whether or not she had any perception of sound.
Helen had been given a bed and carriage for her dolls, which she had received and used like any other gift.
She is not conscious of any reason why she should be awkward; consequently, her movements are free and graceful.
In this way, she learns countless new expressions without any apparent effort.
While not confining myself to any special system of instruction, I have tried to add to her general information and intelligence, to enlarge her acquaintance with things around her, and to bring her into easy and natural relations with people.
Until October, 1889, I had not deemed it best to confine Helen to any regular and systematic course of study.
The intellectual improvement which Helen has made in the past two years is shown more clearly in her greater command of language and in her ability to recognize nicer shades of meaning in the use of words, than in any other branch of her education.
Whenever any one asks me if she will understand this or that word I always reply: Never mind whether she understands each separate word of a sentence or not.
Whenever she meets any one who is familiar with this system, she is delighted to use it in conversation.
Can any one doubt after reading these questions that the child who was capable of asking them was also capable of understanding at least their elementary answers?
I said, "No; because, if there were no death, our world would soon be so crowded with living creatures that it would be impossible for any of them to live comfortably."
I always tried to find out what interested her most, and made that the starting-point for the new lesson, whether it had any bearing on the lesson I had planned to teach or not.
Books are the storehouse of language, and any child, whether deaf or not, if he has his attention attracted in any way to printed pages, must learn.
She got the language from the language itself, and this is, next to hearing the language spoken, the way for any one to get a foreign tongue, more vital and, in the end, easier than our schoolroom method of beginning with the grammar.
And it can be applied by any teacher to any healthy deaf child, and in the broadest interpretation of the principles, can be applied to the teaching of language of all kinds to all children.
Her method might not succeed so completely in the hands of any one else.
There is, then, a good deal that Miss Sullivan has done for Miss Keller which no other teacher can do in just the same way for any one else.
Any deaf child or deaf and blind child in good health can be taught.
Miss Sullivan's methods were so good that even without the practical result, any one would recognize the truth of the teacher's ideas.
Her friends grow accustomed to her speech and forget that it is different from that of any one else.
Children seldom have any difficulty in understanding her; which suggests that her deliberate measured speech is like theirs, before they come to the adult trick of running all the words of a phrase into one movement of the breath.
Teachers of the deaf often express surprise that Helen's speech is so good when she has not received any regular instruction in speech since the first few lessons given her by Miss Fuller.
Occasionally she broke out into a merry laugh, and then she would reach out and touch the mouth of any one who happened to be near her, to see if he were laughing also.
She kept one hand on the singer's mouth, while the other rested on the piano, and she stood in this position as long as any one would sing to her, and afterward she would make a continuous sound which she called singing.
The only words she had learned to pronounce with any degree of distinctness previous to March, 1890, were PAPA, MAMMA, BABY, SISTER.
But she knows better than any one else what value speech has had for her.
It seems very strange to me that there should be this difference of opinion; I cannot understand how any one interested in our education can fail to appreciate the satisfaction we feel in being able to express our thoughts in living words.
Any teacher of composition knows that he can bring his pupils to the point of writing without errors in syntax or in the choice of words.
Any one who has tried to write knows what Miss Keller owes to the endless practice which Miss Sullivan demanded of her.
The teachers at the Institution expressed the opinion that the description did not appear in any book in raised print in that library; but one lady, Miss Marrett, took upon herself the task of examining books of poems in ordinary type, and was rewarded by finding the following lines in one of Longfellow's minor poems, entitled 'Snowflakes':
As we had never seen or heard of any such story as this before, we inquired of her where she read it; she replied, "I did not read it; it is my story for Mr. Anagnos's birthday."
Careful examination was made of the books in raised print in the library of the Perkins Institution to learn if any extracts from this volume could be found there; but nothing was discovered.
Please give her my warm love, and tell her not to feel troubled about it any more.
I have now (March, 1892) read to Helen "The Frost Fairies," "The Rose Fairies," and a portion of "The Dew Fairies," but she is unable to throw any light on the matter.
At last they reached a great forest, and, being quite tired, they decided to rest awhile and look for nuts before going any further.
I hasten to assure you that Helen could not have received any idea of the story from any of her relations or friends here, none of whom can communicate with her readily enough to impress her with the details of a story of that character.
She could not remember that any one had ever read to her any stories about King Frost, but said she had talked with her teacher about Jack Frost and the wonderful things he did.
I have scarcely any doubt that Miss Canby's little book was read to Helen, by Mrs. Hopkins, in the summer of 1888.
Thus it is that any child may be taught to use correct English by not being allowed to read or hear any other kind.
Soon even my childish voice was stilled, because I had ceased to hear any sound.
It surprises me to find that such an idea has crossed the mind of any one, especially of a highly gifted critic.
There are some who complain most energetically and inconsolably of any, because they are, as they say, doing their duty.
"No, we do not want any," was the reply.
I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one's while to buy them.
Let him who has work to do recollect that the object of clothing is, first, to retain the vital heat, and secondly, in this state of society, to cover nakedness, and he may judge how much of any necessary or important work may be accomplished without adding to his wardrobe.
Could you, in such a case, tell surely of any company of civilized men which belonged to the most respected class?
On the whole, I think that it cannot be maintained that dressing has in this or any country risen to the dignity of an art.
It is only the serious eye peering from and the sincere life passed within it which restrain laughter and consecrate the costume of any people.
Who does not remember the interest with which, when young, he looked at shelving rocks, or any approach to a cave?
It was the natural yearning of that portion, any portion of our most primitive ancestor which still survived in us.
This did not appear the worst, nor by any means a despicable alternative.
You could sit up as late as you pleased, and, whenever you got up, go abroad without any landlord or house-lord dogging you for rent.
As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
When I think of the benefactors of the race, whom we have apotheosized as messengers from heaven, bearers of divine gifts to man, I do not see in my mind any retinue at their heels, any carload of fashionable furniture.
There is actually no place in this village for a work of fine art, if any had come down to us, to stand, for our lives, our houses and streets, furnish no proper pedestal for it.
At length, in the beginning of May, with the help of some of my acquaintances, rather to improve so good an occasion for neighborliness than from any necessity, I set up the frame of my house.
It would signify somewhat, if, in any earnest sense, he slanted them and daubed it; but the spirit having departed out of the tenant, it is of a piece with constructing his own coffin--the architecture of the grave--and "carpenter" is but another name for "coffin-maker."
The student who secures his coveted leisure and retirement by systematically shirking any labor necessary to man obtains but an ignoble and unprofitable leisure, defrauding himself of the experience which alone can make leisure fruitful.
I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
However, I should never have broken a horse or bull and taken him to board for any work he might do for me, for fear I should become a horseman or a herdsman merely; and if society seems to be the gainer by so doing, are we certain that what is one man's gain is not another's loss, and that the stable-boy has equal cause with his master to be satisfied?
A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.
Genius is not a retainer to any emperor, nor is its material silver, or gold, or marble, except to a trifling extent.
In Arcadia, when I was there, I did not see any hammering stone.
Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.
Even those who seem for a long while not to have any, if you inquire more narrowly you will find have some stored in somebody's barn.
Being superior to physical suffering, it sometimes chanced that they were superior to any consolation which the missionaries could offer; and the law to do as you would be done by fell with less persuasiveness on the ears of those who, for their part, did not care how they were done by, who loved their enemies after a new fashion, and came very near freely forgiving them all they did.
I never dreamed of any enormity greater than I have committed.
If you should ever be betrayed into any of these philanthropies, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does, for it is not worth knowing.
There is nowhere recorded a simple and irrepressible satisfaction with the gift of life, any memorable praise of God.
I was in haste to buy it, before the proprietor finished getting out some rocks, cutting down the hollow apple trees, and grubbing up some young birches which had sprung up in the pasture, or, in short, had made any more of his improvements.
I was as much affected by the faint hum of a mosquito making its invisible and unimaginable tour through my apartment at earliest dawn, when I was sitting with door and windows open, as I could be by any trumpet that ever sang of fame.
Our life is like a German Confederacy, made up of petty states, with its boundary forever fluctuating, so that even a German cannot tell you how it is bounded at any moment.
As for work, we haven't any of any consequence.
And I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper.
I do not wish to be any more busy with my hands than is necessary.
To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem.
It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art.
Most men do not know that any nation but the Hebrews have had a scripture.
We are underbred and low-lived and illiterate; and in this respect I confess I do not make any very broad distinction between the illiterateness of my townsman who cannot read at all and the illiterateness of him who has learned to read only what is for children and feeble intellects.
We spend more on almost any article of bodily aliment or ailment than on our mental aliment.
The one hundred and twenty-five dollars annually subscribed for a Lyceum in the winter is better spent than any other equal sum raised in the town.
Why should our life be in any respect provincial?
There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands.
I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been.
My days were not days of the week, bearing the stamp of any heathen deity, nor were they minced into hours and fretted by the ticking of a clock; for I lived like the Puri Indians, of whom it is said that "for yesterday, today, and tomorrow they have only one word, and they express the variety of meaning by pointing backward for yesterday forward for tomorrow, and overhead for the passing day."
Nor is there any man so independent on his farm that he can say them nay.
To do things "railroad fashion" is now the byword; and it is worth the while to be warned so often and so sincerely by any power to get off its track.
The note of this once wild Indian pheasant is certainly the most remarkable of any bird's, and if they could be naturalized without being domesticated, it would soon become the most famous sound in our woods, surpassing the clangor of the goose and the hooting of the owl; and then imagine the cackling of the hens to fill the pauses when their lords' clarions rested!
My nearest neighbor is a mile distant, and no house is visible from any place but the hill-tops within half a mile of my own.
Any prospect of awakening or coming to life to a dead man makes indifferent all times and places.
We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.
I had more visitors while I lived in the woods than at any other period in my life; I mean that I had some.
Vice and disease, which cast such a sombre moral hue over the world, seemed to have hardly any existence for him.
He would not play any part.
Did this country afford any beverage beside water?
He could defend many institutions better than any philosopher, because, in describing them as they concerned him, he gave the true reason for their prevalence, and speculation had not suggested to him any other.
He would sometimes ask me first on such occasions, if I had made any improvement.
If I suggested any improvement in his mode of life, he merely answered, without expressing any regret, that it was too late.
I was never cast away nor distressed in any weather, though I encountered some severe storms.
It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time.
I was never molested by any person but those who represented the State.
The sea, however, is said to be blue one day and green another without any perceptible change in the atmosphere.
For four months in the year its water is as cold as it is pure at all times; and I think that it is then as good as any, if not the best, in the town.
The temperature of the Boiling Spring the same day was 45º, or the warmest of any water tried, though it is the coldest that I know of in summer, when, beside, shallow and stagnant surface water is not mingled with it.
From a hilltop you can see a fish leap in almost any part; for not a pickerel or shiner picks an insect from this smooth surface but it manifestly disturbs the equilibrium of the whole lake.
They are but one appetite, and we only need to see a person do any one of these things to know how great a sensualist he is.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
If it would do any good, I would whistle for them.
Hard green wood just cut, though I used but little of that, answered my purpose better than any other.
But my house occupied so sunny and sheltered a position, and its roof was so low, that I could afford to let the fire go out in the middle of almost any winter day.
It would be easy to cut their threads any time with a little sharper blast from the north.
We finally retreated without doing any mischief--returned to sleep and "Gondibert."
Farther in the woods than any of these, where the road approaches nearest to the pond, Wyman the potter squatted, and furnished his townsmen with earthenware, and left descendants to succeed him.
I am not aware that any man has ever built on the spot which I occupy.
I think that he must be the man of the most faith of any alive.
He is perhaps the sanest man and has the fewest crotchets of any I chance to know; the same yesterday and tomorrow.
We waded so gently and reverently, or we pulled together so smoothly, that the fishes of thought were not scared from the stream, nor feared any angler on the bank, but came and went grandly, like the clouds which float through the western sky, and the mother-o'-pearl flocks which sometimes form and dissolve there.
I am glad that the partridge gets fed, at any rate.
I remember well one gaunt Nimrod who would catch up a leaf by the roadside and play a strain on it wilder and more melodious, if my memory serves me, than any hunting-horn.
I never chanced to see its kind in any market; it would be the cynosure of all eyes there.
In the deepest part there are several acres more level than almost any field which is exposed to the sun, wind, and plow.
In order to see how nearly I could guess, with this experience, at the deepest point in a pond, by observing the outlines of a surface and the character of its shores alone, I made a plan of White Pond, which contains about forty-one acres, and, like this, has no island in it, nor any visible inlet or outlet; and as the line of greatest breadth fell very near the line of least breadth, where two opposite capes approached each other and two opposite bays receded, I ventured to mark a point a short distance from the latter line, but still on the line of greatest length, as the deepest.
One has suggested, that if such a "leach-hole" should be found, its connection with the meadow, if any existed, might be proved by conveying some colored powder or sawdust to the mouth of the hole, and then putting a strainer over the spring in the meadow, which would catch some of the particles carried through by the current.
It indicates better than any water hereabouts the absolute progress of the season, being least affected by transient changes of temperature.
Not seeing any ducks, he hid his boat on the north or back side of an island in the pond, and then concealed himself in the bushes on the south side, to await them.
I knew that it would not rain any more.
You may tell by looking at any twig of the forest, ay, at your very wood-pile, whether its winter is past or not.
The Golden Age was first created, which without any avenger Spontaneously without law cherished fidelity and rectitude.
Poison is not poisonous after all, nor are any wounds fatal.
Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.
Who that has heard a strain of music feared then lest he should speak extravagantly any more forever?
While England endeavors to cure the potato-rot, will not any endeavor to cure the brain-rot, which prevails so much more widely and fatally?
If the condition of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute?
Any truth is better than make-believe.
How long shall we sit in our porticoes practising idle and musty virtues, which any work would make impertinent?
The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.
Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God.
At any rate, it is a great evil to make a stir about it.
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
But the rich man--not to make any invidious comparison--is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.
Associations formed elsewhere, springing from a feeling of humanity, or any other cause, have nothing whatever to do with it.
They have never received any encouragement from me, and they never will.
We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or any heroism it may inspire.
I can't remain any longer in Petersburg.
Even in the country do we get any rest?
There is never any 'impossible' with him.
His conversation always related entirely to himself; he would remain calm and silent when the talk related to any topic that had no direct bearing on himself.
It was just the moment before a big dinner when the assembled guests, expecting the summons to zakuska, * avoid engaging in any long conversation but think it necessary to move about and talk, in order to show that they are not at all impatient for their food.
"Ice pudding, but you won't get any," said Marya Dmitrievna.
Do not let us lose any time...
But neither Anna Mikhaylovna nor the footman nor the coachman, who could not help seeing these people, took any notice of them.
Is there any hope?
Tikhon knew that neither the son's arrival nor any other unusual event must be allowed to disturb the appointed order of the day.
I don't want any other life, and can't, for I know no other.
Any news from Mack?
"Not on any account!" exclaimed Rostov.
Then followed a cart unlike any that had gone before.
No one had taken any notice, for everyone knew the sensation which the cadet under fire for the first time had experienced.
The adjutant by his elaborate courtesy appeared to wish to ward off any attempt at familiarity on the part of the Russian messenger.
Even I, a poor secretary of the Russian Embassy, do not feel any need in token of my joy to give my Franz a thaler, or let him go with his Liebchen to the Prater...
Directly opposite to him came a strange one-horse vehicle, evidently rigged up by soldiers out of any available materials and looking like something between a cart, a cabriolet, and a caleche.
They hastily turned round to him asking if he had any news.
But at that moment the French who were attacking, suddenly and without any apparent reason, ran back and disappeared from the outskirts, and Russian sharpshooters showed themselves in the copse.
Amid the general rumble, the groans and voices of the wounded were more distinctly heard than any other sound in the darkness of the night.
Several of those present smiled at Zherkov's words, expecting one of his usual jokes, but noticing that what he was saying redounded to the glory of our arms and of the day's work, they assumed a serious expression, though many of them knew that what he was saying was a lie devoid of any foundation.
But when he came across a man of position his instinct immediately told him that this man could be useful, and without any premeditation Prince Vasili took the first opportunity to gain his confidence, flatter him, become intimate with him, and finally make his request.
She already had power over him, and between them there was no longer any barrier except the barrier of his own will.
Prince Vasili was not having any supper: he went round the table in a merry mood, sitting down now by one, now by another, of the guests.
Poor Vyazmitinov could not get any farther!
That never does any harm, thought Anatole.
Of course, she, a handsome young woman without any definite position, without relations or even a country, did not intend to devote her life to serving Prince Bolkonski, to reading aloud to him and being friends with Princess Mary.
The little princess, like an old war horse that hears the trumpet, unconsciously and quite forgetting her condition, prepared for the familiar gallop of coquetry, without any ulterior motive or any struggle, but with naive and lighthearted gaiety.
"My dear friend?" said she, in a tone of pathetic inquiry, prepared to sympathize in any way.
About some Denisov or other, though he himself, I dare say, is braver than any of them.
So, Count, there never is any negligence in my company, and so my conscience was at ease.
At a time of such love, such rapture, and such self-sacrifice, what do any of our quarrels and affronts matter?
All these memories will be no more, none of them will have any meaning for me.
The infantry passing before him came to a halt without any command being given, apparently obstructed by something in front.
And here, where at any moment the Emperor may see them....
See! she said, but could not maintain herself on her toes any longer.
I have to see him in any case.
The men who set the tone in conversation--Count Rostopchin, Prince Yuri Dolgorukov, Valuev, Count Markov, and Prince Vyazemski--did not show themselves at the club, but met in private houses in intimate circles, and the Moscovites who took their opinions from others--Ilya Rostov among them--remained for a while without any definite opinion on the subject of the war and without leaders.
He remembered the expression Dolokhov's face assumed in his moments of cruelty, as when tying the policeman to the bear and dropping them into the water, or when he challenged a man to a duel without any reason, or shot a post-boy's horse with a pistol.
One day I asked her if she felt any symptoms of pregnancy.
She laughed contemptuously and said she was not a fool to want to have children, and that she was not going to have any children by me.
Helene laughed, "that Dolokhov was my lover," she said in French with her coarse plainness of speech, uttering the word amant as casually as any other word, "and you believed it!
(In accordance with Lise's and Prince Andrew's wishes they had sent in good time to Moscow for a doctor and were expecting him at any moment.)
She did not venture to ask any questions, and shut the door again, now sitting down in her easy chair, now taking her prayer book, now kneeling before the icon stand.
With scarcely any exceptions they all were, or seemed to be, pretty--so rapturous were their smiles and so sparkling their eyes.
No, not on any account!
He filled the girls' albums with verses and music, and having at last sent Dolokhov the whole forty-three thousand rubles and received his receipt, he left at the end of November, without taking leave of any of his acquaintances, to overtake his regiment which was already in Poland.
There was no answer to any of these questions, except one, and that not a logical answer and not at all a reply to them.
He was afraid of any want of clearness, any weakness, in the Mason's arguments; he dreaded not to be able to believe in him.
"Very well," said Smolyaninov, and went on at once: "Have you any idea of the means by which our holy Order will help you to reach your aim?" said he quietly and quickly.
Beware of making any distinctions which may infringe equality.
And Prince Vasili had to go without receiving any explanation.
'Grant leave to retire to his country seat to an old man who is already in any case dishonored by being unable to fulfill the great and glorious task for which he was chosen.
If they are beaten, flogged, or sent to Siberia, I don't suppose they are any the worse off.
The old prince had gone to the town and was expected back any minute.
The case, as represented by the offended parties, was that, after seizing the transports, Major Denisov, being drunk, went to the chief quartermaster and without any provocation called him a thief, threatened to strike him, and on being led out had rushed into the office and given two officials a thrashing, and dislocated the arm of one of them.
In answer to Rostov's renewed questions, Denisov said, laughing, that he thought he remembered that some other fellow had got mixed up in it, but that it was all nonsense and rubbish, and he did not in the least fear any kind of trial, and that if those scoundrels dared attack him he would give them an answer that they would not easily forget.
"I may see him at any moment," thought Rostov.
On hearing this indifferent voice, Rostov grew frightened at what he was doing; the thought of meeting the Emperor at any moment was so fascinating and consequently so alarming that he was ready to run away, but the official who had questioned him opened the door, and Rostov entered.
He was glad to see Prince Andrew, as he was to see any new visitor, and insisted on his staying the night.
Neither gnarled fingers nor old scars nor old doubts and sorrows were any of them in evidence now.
At these parties his feelings were like those of a conjuror who always expects his trick to be found out at any moment.
"You see," said Berg to his comrade, whom he called "friend" only because he knew that everyone has friends, "you see, I have considered it all, and should not marry if I had not thought it all out or if it were in any way unsuitable.
Nor had he any money.
"Oo-oo, my beauty!" exclaimed the count, "she looks better than any of you!"
She was not concerned about the Emperor or any of those great people whom Peronskaya was pointing out--she had but one thought: Is it possible no one will ask me, that I shall not be among the first to dance?
Can all that make me any happier or better?
Prince Andrew did not laugh and feared that he would be a damper on the spirits of the company, but no one took any notice of his being out of harmony with the general mood.
The case is this: my father's health is growing noticeably worse, he cannot stand any contradiction and is becoming irritable.
In any case it will be decided very shortly.
After this outburst the prince did not speak any more about the matter.
The right thing now was, if not to retire from the service, at any rate to go home on leave.
On the fifteenth, when young Rostov, in his dressing gown, looked out of the window, he saw it was an unsurpassable morning for hunting: it was as if the sky were melting and sinking to the earth without any wind.
He cast down his eyes and hurried out as if it were none of his business, careful as he went not to inflict any accidental injury on the young lady.
He expected the wolf to come his way any moment.
The wolf crouched, gnashed her teeth, and again rose and bounded forward, followed at the distance of a couple of feet by all the borzois, who did not get any closer to her.
He saw the whips in their red caps galloping along the edge of the ravine, he even saw the hounds, and was expecting a fox to show itself at any moment on the ryefield opposite.
"Once she had missed it and turned it away, any mongrel could take it," Ilagin was saying at the same time, breathless from his gallop and his excitement.
Well, I am like any other dog as long as it's not a question of coursing.
She seemed to be trying whether any of them would get angry or sulky with her; but the serfs fulfilled no one's orders so readily as they did hers.
Her letters to him, far from giving her any comfort, seemed to her a wearisome and artificial obligation.
There was still no improvement in the countess' health, but it was impossible to defer the journey to Moscow any longer.
Young ladies, married and unmarried, liked him because without making love to any of them, he was equally amiable to all, especially after supper.
It was too dreadful to be under the burden of these insoluble problems, so he abandoned himself to any distraction in order to forget them.
I cannot endure any more, he said, and left the room.
The prince's house did not belong to what is known as fashionable society, but his little circle--though not much talked about in town-- was one it was more flattering to be received in than any other.
On this fact relating to the Emperor personally, it was impossible to pass any judgment.
Though these reasons were very insufficient and obscure, no one made any rejoinder.
Don't take any notice-- forget what I have said!
"Have you any news of the Rostovs?" she asked, to change the subject.
I am also expecting Andrew any day.
There was no need to say more: Julie's face shone with triumph and self- satisfaction; but she forced Boris to say all that is said on such occasions--that he loved her and had never loved any other woman more than her.
She held herself as erect, told everyone her opinion as candidly, loudly, and bluntly as ever, and her whole bearing seemed a reproach to others for any weakness, passion, or temptation--the possibility of which she did not admit.
The old man is here and his son's expected any day.
She had decided to receive them, but feared lest the prince might at any moment indulge in some freak, as he seemed much upset by the Rostovs' visit.
If only they knew how little I am concerned about any of them.
Natasha did not understand what he was saying any more than he did himself, but she felt that his incomprehensible words had an improper intention.
He was not a gambler, at any rate he did not care about winning.
Anatole had no notion and was incapable of considering what might come of such love-making, as he never had any notion of the outcome of any of his actions.
She was expecting Prince Andrew any moment and twice that day sent a manservant to the Vozdvizhenka to ascertain whether he had come.
"No, Sonya, I can't any longer!" she said.
I can't hide it from you any longer.
Get on! when it was impossible to go any faster.
"Come to the mistress, please," said the footman in his deep bass, intercepting any retreat.
"He is better than any of you!" exclaimed Natasha getting up.
Natasha did not reply, nor did she sob any longer, but she grew cold and had a shivering fit.
He was in very good spirits; the affair with the purchaser was going on satisfactorily, and there was nothing to keep him any longer in Moscow, away from the countess whom he missed.
Have you any letters of hers?
Any letters? he said, moving toward Anatole.
"We won't speak of it any more, my dear," said Pierre, and his gentle, cordial tone suddenly seemed very strange to Natasha.
The actions of Napoleon and Alexander, on whose words the event seemed to hang, were as little voluntary as the actions of any soldier who was drawn into the campaign by lot or by conscription.
For him it was no new conviction that his presence in any part of the world, from Africa to the steppes of Muscovy alike, was enough to dumfound people and impel them to insane self-oblivion.
Nothing outside himself had any significance for him, because everything in the world, it seemed to him, depended entirely on his will.
He knew that none of the words now uttered by Napoleon had any significance, and that Napoleon himself would be ashamed of them when he came to his senses.
Napoleon was in that well-known after-dinner mood which, more than any reasoned cause, makes a man contented with himself and disposed to consider everyone his friend.
Does he think me a scoundrel, or an old fool who, without any reason, keeps his own daughter at a distance and attaches this Frenchwoman to himself?
If there is any misunderstanding and discord between you and Mary, I can't blame her for it at all.
Everyone was dissatisfied with the general course of affairs in the Russian army, but no one anticipated any danger of invasion of the Russian provinces, and no one thought the war would extend farther than the western, the Polish, provinces.
If our army is well organized and strong and has withdrawn to Drissa without suffering any defeats, we owe this entirely to Barclay.
It will at any rate be understood all the sooner that things cannot go on like this.
This was the party of the elders, reasonable men experienced and capable in state affairs, who, without sharing any of those conflicting opinions, were able to take a detached view of what was going on at the staff at headquarters and to consider means of escape from this muddle, indecision, intricacy, and weakness.
There was about him something of Weyrother, Mack, and Schmidt, and many other German theorist-generals whom Prince Andrew had seen in 1805, but he was more typical than any of them.
Armfeldt says our army is cut in half, and Paulucci says we have got the French army between two fires; Michaud says that the worthlessness of the Drissa camp lies in having the river behind it, and Pfuel says that is what constitutes its strength; Toll proposes one plan, Armfeldt another, and they are all good and all bad, and the advantages of any suggestions can be seen only at the moment of trial.
Not only does a good army commander not need any special qualities, on the contrary he needs the absence of the highest and best human attributes--love, poetry, tenderness, and philosophic inquiring doubt.
On receiving this letter, Nicholas did not even make any attempt to get leave of absence or to retire from the army, but wrote to his parents that he was sorry Natasha was ill and her engagement broken off, and that he would do all he could to meet their wishes.
Then came an order to retreat to Sventsyani and destroy any provisions they could not carry away with them.
"I can't stand this any more," said Ilyin, noticing that Rostov did not relish Zdrzhinski's conversation.
Have I disgraced myself in any way?
Doctors came to see her singly and in consultation, talked much in French, German, and Latin, blamed one another, and prescribed a great variety of medicines for all the diseases known to them, but the simple idea never occurred to any of them that they could not know the disease Natasha was suffering from, as no disease suffered by a live man can be known, for every living person has his own peculiarities and always has his own peculiar, personal, novel, complicated disease, unknown to medicine--not a disease of the lungs, liver, skin, heart, nerves, and so on mentioned in medical books, but a disease consisting of one of the innumerable combinations of the maladies of those organs.
Without any need of self-restraint, no wish to coquet ever entered her head.
Her presentiment at the time had not deceived her--that that state of freedom and readiness for any enjoyment would not return again.
Take me, take me! prayed Natasha, with impatient emotion in her heart, not crossing herself but letting her slender arms hang down as if expecting some invisible power at any moment to take her and deliver her from herself, from her regrets, desires, remorse, hopes, and sins.
At this moment, Petya, to whom nobody was paying any attention, came up to his father with a very flushed face and said in his breaking voice that was now deep and now shrill:
Pierre made up his mind not to go to the Rostovs' any more.
Only at night and in the forests while the dew lasted was there any freshness.
So many different eyes, old and young, were fixed on her, and there were so many different faces, that she could not distinguish any of them and, feeling that she must speak to them all at once, did not know how to do it.
Why, we've not done any harm!
Any police officer would have done as much!
He will not bring in any plan of his own.
In spite of his absent-mindedness and good nature, Pierre's personality immediately checked any attempt to ridicule him to his face.
But, above all, the French will be here any day now, so what are we waiting for?
Why was it more strongly fortified than any other post?
By crossing to the other side of the Kolocha to the left of the highroad, Napoleon shifted the whole forthcoming battle from right to left (looking from the Russian side) and transferred it to the plain between Utitsa, Semenovsk, and Borodino--a plain no more advantageous as a position than any other plain in Russia--and there the whole battle of the twenty-sixth of August took place.
The commander-in-chief was putting up there, but just when Pierre arrived he was not in and hardly any of the staff were there--they had gone to the church service.
In any case many great rewards would have to be given for tomorrow's action, and new men would come to the front.
He did not know that it would become more memorable to him than any other spot on the plain of Borodino.
No one any longer took notice of Pierre.
Neither Napoleon nor any of his generals had ever before seen such horrors or so many slain in such a small area.
When men were killed or wounded, when rows of stretchers went past, when some troops retreated, and when great masses of the enemy came into view through the smoke, no one paid any attention to these things.
If any soldiers ran to the rear they returned immediately and hastily.
At that moment he did not desire Moscow, or victory, or glory (what need had he for any more glory?).
The French invaders, like an infuriated animal that has in its onslaught received a mortal wound, felt that they were perishing, but could not stop, any more than the Russian army, weaker by one half, could help swerving.
But however small the units it takes, we feel that to take any unit disconnected from others, or to assume a beginning of any phenomenon, or to say that the will of many men is expressed by the actions of any one historic personage, is in itself false.
It needs no critical exertion to reduce utterly to dust any deductions drawn from history.
For people accustomed to think that plans of campaign and battles are made by generals--as any one of us sitting over a map in his study may imagine how he would have arranged things in this or that battle--the questions present themselves: Why did Kutuzov during the retreat not do this or that?
People accustomed to think in that way forget, or do not know, the inevitable conditions which always limit the activities of any commander in chief.
A commander-in-chief is never dealing with the beginning of any event--the position from which we always contemplate it.
The commander in chief listened to what was being said and sometimes asked them to repeat their remarks, but did not himself take part in the conversations or express any opinion.
From all this talk he saw only one thing: that to defend Moscow was a physical impossibility in the full meaning of those words, that is to say, so utterly impossible that if any senseless commander were to give orders to fight, confusion would result but the battle would still not take place.
Pierre sat down by the fire and began eating the mash, as they called the food in the cauldron, and he thought it more delicious than any food he had ever tasted.
"Oh, so that is Vereshchagin!" said Pierre, looking at the firm, calm face of the old man and seeking any indication of his being a traitor.
'No,' said he, 'I have not read any papers, I made it up myself.' 'If that's so, you're a traitor and I'll have you tried, and you'll be hanged!
Pierre did not understand and was not interested in any of these questions and only answered them in order to get rid of these people.
The count and countess turned to her when they had any orders to give.
They laughed and were gay not because there was any reason to laugh, but because gaiety and mirth were in their hearts and so everything that happened was a cause for gaiety and laughter to them.
With a woman's involuntary loving cunning she, who till then had not shown any alarm, said that she would die of fright if they did not leave that very night.
Without any pretense she was now afraid of everything.
There won't be any end to it.
But one has only to observe that hive to realize that there is no longer any life in it.
Take what any of you like!
"Your honor..." replied the shopman in the frieze coat, "your honor, in accord with the proclamation of his highest excellency the count, they desire to serve, not sparing their lives, and it is not any kind of riot, but as his highest excellence said..."
One need only admit that public tranquillity is in danger and any action finds a justification.
What reason was there for assuming any probability of an uprising in the city?
Toward nine o'clock in the morning, when the troops were already moving through Moscow, nobody came to the count any more for instructions.
Order after order was issued by the French commanders that day forbidding the men to disperse about the town, sternly forbidding any violence to the inhabitants or any looting, and announcing a roll call for that very evening.
In reality, however, it was not, and could not be, possible to explain the burning of Moscow by making any individual, or any group of people, responsible for it.
In peacetime it is only necessary to billet troops in the villages of any district and the number of fires in that district immediately increases.
Next day, with the sole idea of not sparing himself and not lagging in any way behind them, Pierre went to the Three Hills gate.
Pierre had first experienced this strange and fascinating feeling at the Sloboda Palace, when he had suddenly felt that wealth, power, and life--all that men so painstakingly acquire and guard--if it has any worth has so only by reason of the joy with which it can all be renounced.
No one gave any reply.
Whether it was the wine he had drunk, or an impulse of frankness, or the thought that this man did not, and never would, know any of those who played a part in his story, or whether it was all these things together, something loosened Pierre's tongue.
I don't want any more.
I have learned to know him, and he will not deceive me any more....
She had in fact seen nothing then but had mentioned the first thing that came into her head, but what she had invented then seemed to her now as real as any other recollection.
It was evident that any answer would lead to conviction.
He passed four days in the coach house near the Crimean bridge and during that time learned, from the talk of the French soldiers, that all those confined there were awaiting a decision which might come any day from the marshal.
But now he felt that the universe had crumbled before his eyes and only meaningless ruins remained, and this not by any fault of his own.
Karataev had no attachments, friendships, or love, as Pierre understood them, but loved and lived affectionately with everything life brought him in contact with, particularly with man--not any particular man, but those with whom he happened to be.
He could not understand the value or significance of any word or deed taken separately.
She went to bed later and rose earlier than any of them, and no difficulties daunted her.
She did not speak any more to Natasha of hopes of saving his life.
And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: "This is the cause!"
But we need only penetrate to the essence of any historic event--which lies in the activity of the general mass of men who take part in it--to be convinced that the will of the historic hero does not control the actions of the mass but is itself continually controlled.
That flank march might not only have failed to give any advantage to the Russian army, but might in other circumstances have led to its destruction.
In any of these eventualities the flank march that brought salvation might have proved disastrous.
If instead of imagining to ourselves commanders of genius leading the Russian army, we picture that army without any leaders, it could not have done anything but make a return movement toward Moscow, describing an arc in the direction where most provisions were to be found and where the country was richest.
Kutuzov's merit lay, not in any strategic maneuver of genius, as it is called, but in the fact that he alone understood the significance of what had happened.
But by the time this letter, which proved that the real relation of the forces had already made itself felt in Petersburg, was dispatched, Kutuzov had found himself unable any longer to restrain the army he commanded from attacking and a battle had taken place.
Following the wounded hare he made his way far into the forest and came upon the left flank of Murat's army, encamped there without any precautions.
He sat in the caleche, dozing and waking up by turns, and listening for any sound of firing on the right as an indication that the action had begun.
And they did indeed get somewhere, though not to their right places; a few eventually even got to their right place, but too late to be of any use and only in time to be fired at.
Coming out onto a field under the enemy's fire, this brave general went straight ahead, leading his men under fire, without considering in his agitation whether going into action now, with a single division, would be of any use or no.
It would be difficult and even impossible to imagine any result more opportune than the actual outcome of this battle.
In both cases his personal activity, having no more force than the personal activity of any soldier, merely coincided with the laws that guided the event.
Any violence to them or to their property is promptly punished.
(2) Such supplies will be bought from them at such prices as seller and buyer may agree on, and if a seller is unable to obtain a fair price he will be free to take his goods back to his village and no one may hinder him under any pretense.
The rustle of the battle of Tarutino frightened the beast, and it rushed forward onto the hunter's gun, reached him, turned back, and finally--like any wild beast--ran back along the most disadvantageous and dangerous path, where the old scent was familiar.
Its lack of a master, a name, or even of a breed or any definite color did not seem to trouble the blue-gray dog in the least.
But Pierre believed it without any mental reservation.
"Dram-da-da-dam, dam-dam..." rattled the drums, and Pierre understood that this mysterious force completely controlled these men and that it was now useless to say any more.
These were troops of Beauharnais' corps which had started before any of the others.
Kutuzov did not consider any offensive necessary.
Dokhturov was unwilling to undertake any action, as it was not clear to him now what he ought to do.
They are like children from whom one can't get any sensible account of what has happened because they all want to show how well they can fight.
But in any case proofs were needed; he had waited a whole month for them and grew more impatient the longer he waited.
Kutuzov alone used all his power (and such power is very limited in the case of any commander-in-chief) to prevent an attack.
What is the use of that, when a third of their army has melted away on the road from Moscow to Vyazma without any battle?
After the burning of Smolensk a war began which did not follow any previous traditions of war.
But such a war does not fit in under any rule and is directly opposed to a well-known rule of tactics which is accepted as infallible.
Military science, seeing in history innumerable instances of the fact that the size of any army does not coincide with its strength and that small detachments defeat larger ones, obscurely admits the existence of this unknown factor and tries to discover it--now in a geometric formation, now in the equipment employed, now, and most usually, in the genius of the commanders.
In their rear, more than a mile from Mikulino where the forest came right up to the road, six Cossacks were posted to report if any fresh columns of French should show themselves.
"Will there be any orders, your honor?" he asked Denisov, holding his hand at the salute and resuming the game of adjutant and general for which he had prepared himself, "or shall I remain with your honor?"
"We don't do the French any harm," said Tikhon, evidently frightened by Denisov's words.
Only wait till it gets dark and I'll fetch you any of them you want--three if you like.
So now the general explicitly forbade his taking part in any action whatever of Denisov's.
"There's no need for you to go at all," said Denisov, addressing Dolokhov, "and as for him, I won't let him go on any account."
Still less did that genius, Napoleon, know it, for no one issued any orders to him.
From the time they turned onto the Kaluga road to the day their leader fled from the army, none of the movements of the crowd had any sense.
They carefully guarded their open wounds from any rough and painful contact.
She felt all the time as if she might at any moment penetrate that on which--with a terrible questioning too great for her strength--her spiritual gaze was fixed.
But to the generals, especially the foreign ones in the Russian army, who wished to distinguish themselves, to astonish somebody, and for some reason to capture a king or a duke--it seemed that now--when any battle must be horrible and senseless--was the very time to fight and conquer somebody.
Everything was done without any orders being given.
Scarcely any impression was left on Pierre's mind by all that happened to him from the time of his rescue till his illness.
He could not see an aim, for he now had faith--not faith in any kind of rule, or words, or ideas, but faith in an ever-living, ever-manifest God.
Pierre did not in any way seek her approval, he merely studied her with interest.
Pierre felt particularly well disposed toward them all, but was now instinctively on his guard for fear of binding himself in any way.
But the more he tried to hide it the more clearly--clearer than any words could have done--did he betray to himself, to her, and to Princess Mary that he loved her.
Pierre's confusion was not reflected by any confusion on Natasha's part, but only by the pleasure that just perceptibly lit up her whole face.
The faults he had--if he had any--were not of his making.
I will call round in case you have any commissions for me, said he, standing before Princess Mary and turning red, but not taking his departure.
Chance puts the Duc d'Enghien in his hands and unexpectedly causes him to kill him--thereby convincing the mob more forcibly than in any other way that he had the right, since he had the might.
Napoleon himself is no longer of any account; all his actions are evidently pitiful and mean, but again an inexplicable chance occurs.
The man who had devastated France returns to France alone, without any conspiracy and without soldiers.
Any guard might arrest him, but by strange chance no one does so and all rapturously greet the man they cursed the day before and will curse again a month later.
But the ultimate purpose of the bee is not exhausted by the first, the second, or any of the processes the human mind can discern.
Nicholas did not reply and tried to avoid speaking of the princess any more.
Well, I have asked you, and now I won't interfere any more since you have secrets from your mother.
Within four years he had paid off all his remaining debts without selling any of his wife's property, and having received a small inheritance on the death of a cousin he paid his debt to Pierre as well.
He always had before his mind's eye the estate as a whole and not any particular part of it.
He never felt any hesitation in dealing with the peasants.
She could not find fault with Sonya in any way and tried to be fond of her, but often felt ill-will toward her which she could not overcome.
But today she quite forgot that and was hurt that he should be angry with her without any reason, and she felt unhappy.
And she not only saw no need of any other or better husband, but as all the powers of her soul were intent on serving that husband and family, she could not imagine and saw no interest in imagining how it would be if things were different.
The guests welcomed Pierre because he always helped to enliven and unite any company he was in.
Everything is strained to such a degree that it will certainly break, said Pierre (as those who examine the actions of any government have always said since governments began).
Did the Tugendbund which saved Europe" (they did not then venture to suggest that Russia had saved Europe) "do any harm?
Pierre smiled, Natasha began to laugh, but Nicholas knitted his brows still more and began proving to Pierre that there was no prospect of any great change and that all the danger he spoke of existed only in his imagination.
Have you any idea why he went to Petersburg?
On the other hand, even if we admitted that words could be the cause of events, history shows that the expression of the will of historical personages does not in most cases produce any effect, that is to say, their commands are often not executed, and sometimes the very opposite of what they order occurs.
Amid a long series of unexecuted orders of Napoleon's one series, for the campaign of 1812, was carried out--not because those orders differed in any way from the other, unexecuted orders but because they coincided with the course of events that led the French army into Russia; just as in stencil work this or that figure comes out not because the color was laid on from this side or in that way, but because it was laid on from all sides over the figure cut in the stencil.
With the present complex forms of political and social life in Europe can any event that is not prescribed, decreed, or ordered by monarchs, ministers, parliaments, or newspapers be imagined?
Is there any collective action which cannot find its justification in political unity, in patriotism, in the balance of power, or in civilization?
If in a thousand years even one man in a million could act freely, that is, as he chose, it is evident that one single free act of that man's in violation of the laws governing human action would destroy the possibility of the existence of any laws for the whole of humanity.
In actual life each historic event, each human action, is very clearly and definitely understood without any sense of contradiction, although each event presents itself as partly free and partly compulsory.
And since I could make only one movement at that single moment of time, it could not have been any other.
However inaccessible to us may be the cause of the expression of will in any action, our own or another's, the first demand of reason is the assumption of and search for a cause, for without a cause no phenomenon is conceivable.
But even if--imagining a man quite exempt from all influences, examining only his momentary action in the present, unevoked by any cause--we were to admit so infinitely small a remainder of inevitability as equaled zero, we should even then not have arrived at the conception of complete freedom in man, for a being uninfluenced by the external world, standing outside of time and independent of cause, is no longer a man.
(3) However accessible may be the chain of causation of any action, we shall never know the whole chain since it is endless, and so again we never reach absolute inevitability.
And so the conception of the action of a man subject solely to the law of inevitability without any element of freedom is just as impossible as the conception of a man's completely free action.
That assumption would destroy the possibility of the existence of laws, that is, of any science whatever.
If there is even a single body moving freely, then the laws of Kepler and Newton are negatived and no conception of the movement of the heavenly bodies any longer exists.
If any single action is due to free will, then not a single historical law can exist, nor any conception of historical events.
At any rate, today was no different.
"I won't talk about it any more," she said cheerfully.
If their meeting today was any indication, this visit was going to be interesting - if not uncomfortable.
At any rate, the Medena hacienda was impressive.
Actually, she hadn't thought how it looked to others - and there had never been any doubt in her mind that she was fortunate to have Alex.
She certainly didn't feel any different.
Dragging it up again wouldn't do either of them any good.
"I didn't see any point in telling you," she said.
Anyway, it isn't any of her business.
"I didn't know about any of this until we came down here for a visit," she defended.
In any case, there was nothing that couldn't wait to be discussed at home.
He wasn't involved in anything illegal and you have no reason to be concerned about spending any of the money he acquired.
Later she remembered that Alex had asked her to call him if there was any change.
"Have you had any sleep?" he asked.
Any time a wild animal isn't afraid of you, there is probably something wrong.
It shouldn't be any surprise, since that was what suffered when he had been troubled in the past.
It wasn't any one thing.
In any case, she would never be a social fit.
Maybe that was how it was in any marriage.
As she peered through the soft gray light not a house of any sort was visible near the station, nor was any person in sight; but after a while the child discovered a horse and buggy standing near a group of trees a short distance away.
We are quite solid inside our bodies, and have no need to eat, any more than does a potato.
No one now seemed to pay any attention to the strangers, so Dorothy and Zeb and the Wizard let the train pass on and then wandered by themselves into the vegetable gardens.
There are no cows here to give milk; or any mice, or even grasshoppers.
"But IS there any other place?" asked the Wizard.
I am greater than any thorn-covered sorcerer that every grew in your garden.
All three got into the buggy and Zeb picked up the reins, though Jim needed no guidance of any sort.
Still, I don't care to drag any passengers.
I'll race the miserable wooden donkey any day in the week! cried the cab-horse.
Let us be ready, for we may be sent for any minute.
His fame had not been forgotten in the Land of Oz, by any means.
In the closets he discovered many fancy costumes of rich velvets and brocades, and one of the attendants told him to dress himself in any of the clothes that pleased him and to be prepared to dine with the Princess and Dorothy in an hour's time.
Long afterward James Hogg said, "I never felt so grateful to any creature below the sun as I did to Sirrah that morning."
"Oh, any kind of a place will suit him," answered the landlord.
The slim, tall boy seemed to grow taller, as he answered, "I'll not be the servant of any Englishman that ever lived."
By the midpoint of the twentieth century, America's dreamers were preoccupied with the future—and not just any old future, but the great and glorious future that seemed inevitable.
Why is it only described as a mechanical device divorced from any purpose?
They used to hang in long festoons from our porch, filling the whole air with their fragrance, untainted by any earthy smell; and in the early morning, washed in the dew, they felt so soft, so pure, I could not help wondering if they did not resemble the asphodels of God's garden.
Look at the teamster on the highway, wending to market by day or night; does any divinity stir within him?
"Do you wish to buy any baskets?" he asked.
"Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?" said Anna Pavlovna.
And having got rid of this young man who did not know how to behave, she resumed her duties as hostess and continued to listen and watch, ready to help at any point where the conversation might happen to flag.
He knew that all the intellectual lights of Petersburg were gathered there and, like a child in a toyshop, did not know which way to look, afraid of missing any clever conversation that was to be heard.
Helene was so lovely that not only did she not show any trace of coquetry, but on the contrary she even appeared shy of her unquestionable and all too victorious beauty.
The little kitten, feasting her eyes on him, seemed ready at any moment to start her gambols again and display her kittenish nature.
As he went along he looked with pleasure at the year's splendid crop of corn, scrutinized the strips of ryefield which here and there were already being reaped, made his calculations as to the sowing and the harvest, and asked himself whether he had not forgotten any of the prince's orders.
Is there any hay here?
Bind him, Lavrushka! shouted Rostov, as if that order, too, could not possibly meet with any opposition.
More than likely Alex didn't want to hear any more about danger, though.
It isn't going to get any easier, so I'd better shape up.
For some reason she had always thought Alex would adjust quickly to any lifestyle.
It won't make any difference to you whether they are adopted or biological - not in how much you love them or how you treat them.
Señor Medena's attention shifted back and forth between Dulce and Alex, but neither offered any explanation.
But I cannot remember any instance in which this feeling prevented me from repeating the naughtiness when I failed to get what I wanted.