Can you watch the house for me while I'm gone?
I can take care of myself.
I can do it.
You can spend it with a free conscience.
Yes, can you believe the luck?
"You can ask Dorothy," said the little man, in an injured tone.
So, if you can find a way to fix it, we'll be much obliged to you.
But you can learn many things from books.
I can handle it... now.
A friend of hers who is a florist asks if she can advertise on the site.
You can know everything in the world and still make bad decisions.
Could we make a car that can go 300 mph?
"I know that the lad can draw pictures wonderfully well," he said.
Thanks, I know we can count on you, Katie, but I think she'll be more comfortable staying at our house.
Can the system learn to predict crime targets?
I'd show the people a fine sight, I can tell you.
That device can track where you are at any time.
The object of a race is to see who can win it--or at least that is what my excellent brains think.
"Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?" said Anna Pavlovna.
But the fishes that swim in our brooks we can see, and often we catch them to eat.
"I am the only man in the world who can paint a picture so true to life," he said.
Of course, if you prefer, we can wait until you come home from work and make it a fun family event.
Mom is fixing supper and I'm sure she has something you can wear in the morning.
Usually I jot down what I can remember of them when I get home.
We simply don't understand how it can be so.
"What can one say about it?" replied the prince in a cold, listless tone.
You want me to think of all this as ours, but how can I when you insist that the problems are all yours?
We are talking about a setting to your Digital Echo file that says, "Information that isn't tied to me personally can be contributed to pools of rolled-up data."
How can we not be excited about the possibilities this offers?
Can that be prevented?
"Oz can do some good tricks, humbug or no humbug," announced Zeb, who was now feeling more at ease.
Instead of science proceeding at the slow speed of time, the only limit on its progress will be processor speed—and those two speeds hardly can be compared.
No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.
How can you laugh at it, Count?
We pass the time as we can, but in war as in war!
I can neither punish him if he does wrong nor reward him if he does right.
Give us a few days to learn what sort of laws you will make for us, and then we will say whether we can submit to them or not.
Machines can actually do a very limited palette of things.
Third, pretty much everything we know is published on the Internet and can be found in moments, if not seconds.
Old shoes will serve a hero longer than they have served his valet--if a hero ever has a valet--bare feet are older than shoes, and he can make them do.
If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit?
At present men make shift to wear what they can get.
The man who has actually paid for his farm with labor on it is so rare that every neighbor can point to him.
"I can see through you and three yards into the ground under you," he continued, gazing at the floor in front of Dron.
Yes, you can well enjoy the evening now!
And then everyone can benefit, equally and perpetually, from everyone else's knowledge.
That is the least we can do!
Speak to him; I can do nothing, nothing, and don't want to....
Dear friend, I can do nothing.
So the histories say, and it is all quite wrong, as anyone who cares to look into the matter can easily convince himself.
Can you point it out to me?
How can I explain?...
Metallurgy gives us steel with which we can fashion either swords or plowshares.
Today, for just a few hundred dollars, you can get a copy of your genome.
There they are, there... you can see them.
One can see them with the naked eye...
What can doctors cure?
Yeah, you could get to it, but it would take a while, and you'd be subjecting yourself to thorns, ticks, snakes and about ten miles of the roughest country you can imagine.
One can almost picture him, sandwich in hand, slack-jawed in surprise.
You can see where this is headed.
One can make out something of what he is saying.
And the Woggle-Bug shall be the Public Accuser, because he is so learned that no one can deceive him.
Where every Da Vinci can paint his Mona Lisa and every Dante can write his Inferno.
Any task a computer can do better than a person is, by definition, a task requiring no human creativity or ingenuity.
It is not to our discredit that machines can perform calculations so wondrously fast; rather it is to our credit that we conceived of and built such machines.
By looking at how the genome varies between people with a genetic condition and people without it, we can identify the troublemaking gene.
If the noble awistocwacy of the pwovince of Moscow thinks fit, it can show its loyalty to our sov'weign the Empewah in other ways.
"With our business, how can we get away?" said Ferapontov.
If it has come to this--we must fight as long as Russia can and as long as there are men able to stand...
"I give my word of honor as a Wussian officer," said Denisov, "that I can bweak Napoleon's line of communication!"
The relative strength of bodies of troops can never be known to anyone.
"I can see the bones all right," replied the Sawhorse, "and they are admirable and distinct.
If the smallpox and polio successes were achieved in a low-tech world, think how much more we can accomplish with vastly improved tools, infrastructure, and communication.
You can then divide the world into redheads and non-redheads and compare their accident records.
But to judge what is best--conscription or the militia--we can leave to the supreme authority....
He had managed people for a long time and knew that the chief way to make them obey is to show no suspicion that they can possibly disobey.
Can one see from there?...
I can tell you quite clearly, because I constructed nearly all our entrenchments.
Well, you can do that later, but the chief thing is the left flank.
That's what I was saying to you-- those German gentlemen won't win the battle tomorrow but will only make all the mess they can, because they have nothing in their German heads but theories not worth an empty eggshell and haven't in their hearts the one thing needed tomorrow--that which Timokhin has.
Our body is like a perfect watch that should go for a certain time.
We can get a view from there and in our battery it is still bearable, said the adjutant.
We can only do so much.
I can hardly wait for the new baby.
I can see why Alex fell so hard for you.
Sometimes that's the only way you can reach each other.
When you bring the babies home, can I come stay with you for a while and help take care of them?
I don't know how many times or how many ways I can say I'm sorry.
You keep telling me it's in the past - until you can dig it back up and throw it in my face again.
There's nothing you can do about this and there's no point in burdening you with it.
Hardwood floors can be added.
Your new couple can always change that part if they want to.
I can take care of myself.
I can give him a son.
Can you imagine that?
I will stay with you tonight so you can rest.
Can I talk to Jonathan?
You can sit up, but you have to stay in there.
I will stay with you tonight so you can rest.
Can I talk to Jonathan?
"I doubt he can play a guitar," he said between sips.
I can only imagine how difficult this is for you.
I can imagine why she wanted you to tell me.
How can you say that?
I can see it in his eyes.
Can you call Katie while I make flight arrangements?
You want him to have all you can give him.
Go up the hill and watch for cars so you can warn anyone before they get to the curve.
Can you remember any breakfast that I've had today? growled Jim, as if he resented Zeb's speech.
I can see plenty of nice gardens and fields down below us, at the edge of this city.
"How can we do that?" asked the girl.
They can actually talk!
There is no reason, that I can see, why they may not exist in the waters of this strange country.
Those colored suns are exactly in the same place they were when we came, and if there is no sunset there can be no night.
"How can we go away?" asked Dorothy.
Just then his eye fell upon the lanterns and the can of kerosene oil which Zeb had brought from the car of his balloon, and he got a clever idea from those commonplace things.
"We'll eat all we can find of them," said another.
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.
"Very good," said the Wizard; "we can all yell better than we can fight, so we ought to defeat the Gargoyles."
"How CAN we 'scape?" asked Dorothy, nervously, for an unseen danger is always the hardest to face.
"You'll have to make a dash, Jim," said the Wizard, "and run as fast as you can go."
"Why, we can see each other again!" cried one, joyfully.
"No one can love a person he's afraid of," asserted Dorothy.
Unhitch those tugs, Zeb, and set me free from the buggy, so I can fight comfortably.
"What harm can the Gurgles do?" asked Dorothy.
"Yes; it's a good way off, but I can see it," she replied.
You may GO down, but you can only CLIMB up.
Can you match that pedigree, little girl?
I'm very certain, Oz, that you gave me the best brains in the world, for I can think with them day and night, when all other brains are fast asleep.
"I refuse to be free," cried the kitten, in a sharp voice, "unless the Wizard can do his trick with eight piglets.
If he can produce but seven, then this is not the piglet that was lost, but another one.
This was an odd way of proving something, for, as every one can readily see, it proved nothing.
There was another famous artist whose name was Parrhasius. When he heard of the boast which Zeuxis had made, he said to himself, "I will see what I can do."
His heart will be hard indeed if he can refuse his mother and his wife.
"And what can you do, Aesop?" asked Xanthus.
"I wonder what can have happened to the boy," he said; and he opened the door and looked out.
"We can all be minstrels to-night," said the chief cook.
He taught, also, that a friend is the greatest blessing that any one can have.
Can you imagine a world without poverty?
I make them because I believe I can back them up with convincing proofs and arguments.
But it is the biggest, best store ever, where you can buy anything from anywhere, based on reviews by other buyers, at a discount, and have it gift wrapped, engraved, altered, drop-shipped, and probably delivered by tomorrow.
When it comes to starting a new business, nothing that previously existed can rival the Internet in terms of both ease of entry and breadth of potential.
We post pictures, the progress of our relationship, and people can follow our "us" page.
Linda gets the idea to call Facebook and see if she can advertise to people who change their status to "In a relationship."
Today, success still requires good execution, but the larger question is: "Can you discover and fulfill a hitherto-unknown, latent desire in people that the Internet enables?"
Now a billion or more can achieve that dream, and I foresee a time not far off when everyone on the planet can.
No more trying to retrace your steps to find your car keys; you can see where you left them by checking your GPS system records.
We will be completely insulated from the collecting and researching of data so that we can focus entirely on turning data into knowledge.
Imagine what can be culled from this data.
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.
So how about this instead: What if I can show you a future where everyone on the planet will live in good health as long as it is possible for their body to live?
Our battles with diseases go as far back into history as we can see.
I can, of course, see everything in it, or if I prefer, set the system to "minimum supplements" or "maximum supplements" and let the system decide.
Essentially, we will be able to run as many controlled experiments as we can imagine instantly and for no cost—and that will revolutionize medicine.
But because it can be misused doesn't mean it cannot be used well.
Once we have identified it, we can understand how it is going about doing its damage.
If people with those conditions get better, information about their treatment can be widely shared with those who have the common genetic factors.
And if we know how they are made, we can destroy them.
As access becomes cheaper and better, and the whole world has mobile phones, more information can be delivered to people in remote parts of the world.
Teams of scientists in different parts of the world can collaborate virtually.
Complex projects can be carried out on multiple continents through project management tools.
Highly specialized experts are a few keystrokes away and can be hired for just a few minutes or hours at a time.
With Skype and similar products, you can even see the person you are working with.
You can share your desktop and have whiteboard sessions on your computer.
When you travel, you can take your work with you.
When medical records leave the paper folders of the doctor's office and become highly standardized, more analysis can be done.
This will likely not ever be perfect, but any insight it can offer us is a gain.
To what length can the human lifespan be extended?
Some suspect we can be made to be healthy and energetic to the age of one hundred thirty and that's it.
Others contend, and feel they have science to support, that humans can live beyond five hundred.
Biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey maintains that aging is caused by seven underlying factors, each of which can, in theory, be countered.
How can it be said that trade actually generates wealth?
One can imagine two children each with a bag of jelly beans.
This is a good thing because it means that high degrees of utility (the economists' word for "happiness") can be achieved with a wide variety of goods.
It means I can trade you a good or service for an intermediate store of value known as money, and then trade that money to the person who actually has the goods I want.
If more trading can occur, more wealth is created.
Additionally, online stores powered by Yahoo and Google and Amazon exist where small vendors can set up storefronts and sell to the world, as a hobby or a livelihood.
This works toward maximizing the utility that item can bring to someone. eBay is not alone in this regard.
Good information on a product can mitigate this problem.
No matter where you live, if you have access to an Internet connection, you can host an online store and sell to the entire world.
How can this be?
There is an optimal distribution that can be achieved.
Given perfect information, frictionless markets, and other theoretical impossibilities, a finite amount of utility can be achieved in that way.
Once someone knows how to make a factory that can produce 48,000 pins a day with ten people, someone else can figure out how to make one that makes 100,000 a day with five people.
Technology marches forward—perhaps not forever, but as close to forever as we can understand.
If you are able to consume more energy, you can do more work and therefore create more.
If you are a farmer and work alone, you can only plant as much land as you can personally plow. You can do just a couple of thousand calories of work a day, consuming only the energy produced by the food you ate.
Now, if you acquire an ox, a new source of energy, you can plow more.
Everyone knows water evaporates, rises, then falls to the earth as rain—but no one can even guess how much energy could be captured from this if we only knew how.
And in that future, I believe the world can have—in fact, will have—plentiful, free, clean energy that will result in dramatically lower costs for everything, everywhere.
We compute the maximum amount of food the world can produce by beginning with total acres of land considered arable, but that is based on assumptions about the future of technology and agriculture.
He still has his labor to sell and can go get a new job.
You are probably thinking, How can we ever know that?
But if you can tolerate it, what follows will explain why free trade sometimes hurts the (net) world economy.
The business looks at this new country and decides to move there because, from their standpoint, they can save costs and be more efficient.
The maximum wage you can earn, though, is defined by supply and demand for labor, and by your negotiating ability, but it also has a cap.
If you take something worth a dollar, spend an hour working on it, and your employer sells it for three dollars, no way in the world can you ever make more than two dollars an hour.
They form a union and get laws passed that no burgers can be flipped except by a union member.
Machines—which still need you as an operator, as far as we can see—magnify your productivity.
If you like having sore muscles at the end of a day or working a job that requires little of your mental capacity so you can contemplate Nietzsche, hey, more power to you.
And the sooner we get machines to do the things they can do, freeing up people to do what they can do, the happier and wealthier we all will be.
The next chapter will explore how far this can go, how many of our daily tasks machines could assume.
Prosperity can happen anywhere.
If this is not the case, people will not trade their labor for things that can easily or capriciously be taken away. 3.
If there can be a USA, a Germany, and a Japan, then every country can be rich.
However, there are limits to how much prosperity and efficiency the division of labor can create.
In the end, the speed at which a human operator can move has a physical limit.
All the jobs that can, in theory, be done by machines—the jobs that I think suck the life force out of people—will in fact be done by machines.
Depending on function, robots can come in all shapes and sizes, and I see no compelling reason to make them like humans.
We have reached the point where many items can only be made by robots.
No human can solder a billion transistors on a computer processor, so your computer needed a robot in order to be built.
The robots I watched making Legos had no human operators because no human can keep up with them.
Similarly, they require little power, so they either can be powered cheaply or can power themselves from their environment, with a little heat or sunlight.
But let's move on to other jobs they can do outside our bodies.
Windows that can't be broken and can switch from opaque to clear.
When we can build at the molecular level, we can build things I cannot imagine today.
We can build machines to specialize even further.
Robots can perform thousands of operations flawlessly every minute.
Robots can manipulate matter smaller than we can even see, and robots can effortlessly manipulate objects that weigh many tons.
Robots can work without ceasing in environments where the temperature is a thousand degrees.
These robots can be powered by computers capable of performing a billion calculations a second.
They can be connected to sensors whose sensitivity dwarfs anything a human can do.
We can build these machines to do an incomprehensibly large range of tasks.
Now we can have something completely different: Division of labor between machines and people.
Imagine what we can do in the future with a thousand times more technological advancement.
And remember, it can be obtained both by a plummeting cost and an increasing value of the thing to you.
(If you can reserve judgment on that statement, I'll explain my reasoning in the book's next section.)
When computers are in your clothes, medicine, eyeglasses, wallet, tires, walls, makeup, jewelry, cookware, tennis shoes, binoculars, and everything else you own, those things will do more than you can imagine—the stuff of science fiction.
So every time I buy a can, I make $8.
At the margin, if I buy a can of Wolf Brand chili, I make $8.
Its walls will be moveable by a professional, so it can be redesigned in a day.
Are you finding it hard to fathom by now how almost everything can get cheaper and better?
That can best be understood by studying wealth and poverty in history.
Given that inequalities in income are likely to grow, how I can I contend that we will see an end of poverty?
This dance has happened more times than a weary historian can count.
We have looked at factors that increase animosity between the rich and poor and situations in which they can live harmoniously.
Nations can do this by acquiring enough military might that an attempted land grab would cost their neighbors more than they would get if successful.
Historically, and one can certainly make the case in the present time, this ultimately bankrupts societies.
It seems that we can afford to spend more on government as income rises.
We understand that you can, in theory, save and save and save and then live off the interest of your savings forever.
Some become so wealthy, in fact, they can live off the interest (the productivity) of their assets, not just their own labor.
Is there a logical end to that—a physical or economic law of some kind that says only 10 percent or 20 percent or 30 percent of people can ever be this wealthy?
All it takes is so much wealth that it is self-sustaining—that the productivity of that wealth can support everyone.
Simply because only so many jobs can, in theory, be replaced by machines does not imply anything about the ability of the people now doing them.
First, it would be tempting to assume the person hauling manure can only do that, and if that job disappeared he would have no useful skills.
However much value the labor can add to the thing is the amount of wage the person can earn.
Who can blame them?
They have something they love and want to do, but if market forces are not such that they can support themselves doing that, they have to do something else.
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.
Plus, we have powers formerly attributed to the ancient gods; we can fly, talk to people in other places, and see what is happening elsewhere.
These jobs can be market jobs that have the potential to make a person vastly richer, creating more and more wealth on the planet.
Or these jobs can be divorced from economic realities, as the struggling painter or actor decides simply to do what he loves and live off the minimum income afforded by this planet-wide prosperity.
Hunger can be classified as three different types.
In the modern age of communication and cheap transportation, food can be moved around the planet relatively easily.
This can-do, care-for-our-own spirit permeated the nation.
And that can be hard to hear.
I can go to Sam's Club and buy a twenty-pound bag of rice for $10 and a twenty-pound bag of pinto beans for $13.
But hunger has numerous and complicated causes and can only be eliminated by addressing the chief ones.
You can be a subsistence farmer and perhaps produce some excess, but given the prior observation about the fundamental volatility of farming, you will always be at risk of not producing enough.
As nice as it would be for the Japan strategy to work in the developing world, I don't think these countries can count on it.
We can still make plenty of progress.
To consider the great opportunity we can find in these inefficiencies, let's begin by talking about Norman Borlaug.
That range between the smallest pea plant and the largest is the full spectrum of what that plant can be.
I say we can improve things not by 20 or so percent, but by twenty times or more.
Sensors can constantly monitor moisture levels in the soil, the size and color of the plants, air quality, nutrient levels in the soil, amount of sunlight, and hundreds of other variables.
Computers can determine when to plant seed and even what to plant.
If the farm of the future plugs into the national grid, it will become part of the national food strategy and can be optimized for financial yield for the owners.
How can this be?
Can you imagine a better life for a turnip?
Additionally, we had a five-acre garden where we grew everything you can grow in East Texas.
First, the technology can be abused and used irresponsibly, like pretty much every other technology in the world.
Food can be optimized according to three factors, broadly speaking: taste, price, and nutrition.
But again, this could happen in nature, so it is hard to see how we can object to this.
Since rice is relied upon by so much of the world's poor, efforts here really can save lives.
Can you guess how many lives these two varieties of rice have already saved?
This is exactly the kind of problem geneticists can sink their teeth into, so to speak, to make the protein in this grain digestible.
Having the entire genome means we can begin making super corn, better, stronger, and faster growing.
(If that can be achieved, to my readers under age twelve, I hold out the possibility of Brussels sprouts that taste like chocolate.)
We can empower people to feed themselves.
We can make better food that uses fewer resources.
Bacteria can process toxic wastes and oil spills into harmless biodegradable materials.
The massive amounts of information in these decoded genomes can only be processed by computers.
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.
There they can see the world commodity prices for their produce in real time.
He can sell the certificate, use it as collateral, or hold it for the future.
It can sell produce abroad for better rates, give farmers predictability in pricing and flexibility on when to sell, and act as a storehouse against lean times in the future.
The farmers, with these contracts in hand, can plant aggressively knowing they have a ready buyer at a fixed price.
You can install Boinc software on your computer, choose a project you want your computer to work on when you are away from it, and maybe do your bit to change the world.
A leader can only afford to let her people go hungry when she doesn't answer to them.
If you decide to participate in the loan, you can kick in $25 or more.
It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.
But in making the case that war can and will be ended, I have my work cut out for me.
My goal is to explain how we can all get there from here.
I offer these stories not to demonstrate that people can be cruel.
No longer can a person own another person and have the power of the state backing him up.
The idea that a person can be a political prisoner, jailed for his beliefs about government, politics, or politicians, is ancient but happily fading.
The very fact that we have debated in recent years whether we can use torture to get information that will save lives is a sign of the effects of civilization.
(I don't personally see how a chicken, in any situation, can have dignity.
Yes, you can still see a cockfight in the United States.
Then war can become obsolete, as foreign to us as slavery and public hangings.
Whatever the case in the past, war in the future can serve no useful purpose.
But it is obvious to me that we can end war.
If there can be a day without war, then there can be two days without it.
Then there can be a week, a month, a year, a decade, and a century without war.
It is an acknowledgement that war is completely a choice and our choice can be "no."
If it can be demonstrated that in the future, peace will always be preferable to all nations, then war will end.
But I am making a case I believe I can defend and will begin by defining my terms.
Through the adoption of standardized treaties, they can enter into economic agreements, adopt the same weights and measures, and agree to honor the intellectual property of the others.
They can standardize in a thousand more ways to a world economy, while maintaining their values, traditions, and distinctions.
In these ways, they can be part of a larger world economy without sacrificing much autonomy.
Who really believes that whoever can prevail in war must be right?
I can easily list a half-dozen reasons this goal will be difficult to achieve.
One can only assume it would be substantially more if it were to be leveled with a nuclear device.
The reasoning behind MAD was that if we can annihilate the Soviets or the Chinese and they in turn can annihilate us, then none of us will start a war.
You would argue that no other widget on the market can beat the C2000, no nation can ever gain widget superiority if the government just buys the C2000—and so they do.
You can almost hear the champagne corks popping.
In warfare, asymmetry is where something very small can do a huge amount of damage.
The weak can now do substantial harm to the strong.
They cannot destroy the strong, but they can inflict significant damage.
As true as that was in Jefferson's time, our age has amplified all of it: both the miseries war can produce and the blessings peace can produce.
Unless one can somehow imagine NATO countries going to war with each other, such as Belgium invading the United Kingdom, it is hard to see how "world wars" could escalate outside of NATO member countries.
People can come together and choose a form of government suitable to them.
The fact that small nations can adopt standard treaties, laws, currencies, and international practices of larger countries means that a small economic unit can be viable.
Tiny countries willing to engage in free trade with their neighbors can prosper.
A handheld GPS unit can settle any well-defined border issue.
Satellite photos can uncover those who would transgress the rules.
Ever more accurate sensors can track the contents of ocean water or assess food safety.
By making expectations explicit and public, these agreements reduce the number of sparks that can set off the powder keg of war.
Now, in most places you can smoke in your car, in your home, and in remote places away from civilized people.
It can be a jumble of voices: politicians and corporations, celebrities, religious figures, and opinion leaders, a million conversations in a single room.
When everyone, and every nation, and every organization, and every movement all have a presence on the web, they can be understood in terms of it.
The web is a force for truth, connectedness, understanding, and communication—all things whose absence can trigger war.
Our "strong ties"—family, close friends and the like—we can always count on, but they are relatively few.
Free elections can be threatening as well, literally to their livelihoods.
In the sorting through of the facts from a multiplicity of new sources, truth can be determined.
Dictators may think they can control information access and technology.
You still can buy it from the government's bookstore; a recent one ran about two thousand pages and cost about $200.
Autocrats can hold power indefinitely if they control the media, the military, business, the money, and information.
I mention these reprehensible actions to illustrate how language can divide us.
With money, you can buy machinery or hire workers to do your work.
However, at present—and for the future as far as we can see—growth in technology outpaces growth in wealth.
It isn't just that we can communicate better but that we actually relate to each other better.
Instead of reading words on a page and trying to imagine a concept, we can see it, as the old expression goes, in Technicolor.
A single image can end a war.
And if an image can end a war, a video can change the world.
A single video a moment long can increase empathy and understanding.
Can you imagine the public reaction to that today: A quarter of a million people killed or wounded in a single day?
Through all of this, we can end war by making it a worse choice than the status quo for everyone. 3.
I can list a few that might eliminate it and a few more that might delay it.
It can take growth for granted and thus overtax.
It can overspend and rack up public debt and destroy the currency.
It can lessen its enforcement of private property rights.
And most damaging, it can wage war and thereby siphon off wealth, technology, and the lives of its citizens.
The benefits of civilization—from wealth to individual liberty and self-determination, from better health to safety and peace—all outweigh what its proponents can offer.
I think the range of problems that technology can solve is confined to technological problems.
If we have the will and if we do the work, we can make the world greater than we have ever imagined.
How can this future I describe not be ours?
No, quite the opposite: We live in what can only be termed the Age of Change.
And because it changed for the better, wondrously better, we can proudly claim our part in its forming.
In that case I correct only such mistakes as I can recall in the few minutes allowed, and make notes of these corrections at the end of my paper.
I took the book in my hands and tried to feel the letters with an intensity of longing that I can never forget.
God can dumbness keep While Sin creeps grinning through His house of Time.
Anger seized me, my fingers refused to move, I sat rigid for one long moment, the blood throbbing in my temples, and all the hatred that a child can feel concentrated in my heart.
In the same manner I can also tell when I am pulling against the current.
Whether it comes from the trees which have been heated by the sun, or from the water, I can never discover.
Each checker has a hole in the middle in which a brass knob can be placed to distinguish the king from the commons.
A medallion of Homer hangs on the wall of my study, conveniently low, so that I can easily reach it and touch the beautiful, sad face with loving reverence.
In imagination I can hear Homer singing, as with unsteady, hesitating steps he gropes his way from camp to camp--singing of life, of love, of war, of the splendid achievements of a noble race.
Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.
Love your Heavenly Father with your whole heart and soul, love every child of God as much as ever you can, and remember that the possibilities of good are greater than the possibilities of evil; and you have the key to Heaven.
I did read in my book about fox and box. fox can sit in the box.
I can read stories in my book.
My sister can walk and run.
He can not get birds.
She can shut her eyes and bend her arms and sit down and stand up straight.
Adeline is well and she can go to Cincinnati Monday with me.
Can Harry float and swim?
Teacher says she can see Venus from our window, and it is a large and beautiful star.
She can drink milk like a real baby.
Father says he can fly nearly all day without stopping.
I send you five thousand kisses, and more love than I can tell.
I think puppies can feel very home-sick, as well as little girls.
If it is too warm in Tuscumbia for little sister to wear her pretty mittens, she can keep them because her sister made them for her.
Jakey was the sweetest little fellow you can imagine, but he was poor and blind.
I can hardly wait for June to come I am so eager to speak to her and to my precious little sister.
Are you very, very happy because you can make so many people happy?
Now I am as happy as the little birds, because I can speak and perhaps I shall sing too.
I can almost think I see you with your father and mother and little sister, with all the brightness of the beautiful country about you, and it makes me very glad to know how glad you are.
I do not see how we can help thinking about God when He is so good to us all the time.
He knows that we can be really happy only when we are good.
But I cannot see you and talk to you, so I will write and tell you all that I can think of.
Teacher is going to see if it can be fixed.
I can hardly wait for the fun to begin!
Sweet Mother Nature can have no secrets from me when my poet is near.
I can hardly wait patiently for the time to come when I shall see my dear English friends, and their beautiful island home.
He cannot imagine how very, very happy he will be when he can tell us his thoughts, and we can tell him how we have loved him so long.
It is very beautiful to think that you can tell so many people of the heavenly Father's tender love for all His children even when they are not gentle and noble as He wishes them to be.
He has found out that doors have locks, and that little sticks and bits of paper can be got into the key-hole quite easily; but he does not seem very eager to get them out after they are in.
It is evident that something has displeased his Majesty but I cannot imagine what it can be.
I will see you to-morrow and then we can make the rest of our plans.
I am always delighted when anyone writes me a beautiful thought which I can treasure in my memory forever.
You can never imagine how I felt when I stood in the presence of Niagara until you have the same mysterious sensations yourself.
I enjoy my singing lessons with Dr. Humason more than I can say.
I had known about them for a long time; but I had never thought that I should see them, and talk to them; and I can scarcely realize now that this great pleasure has been mine!
Indeed, you can never know all the comfort you have given us.
I can never tell you how much pleasure they have given us.
We think of you so, so often! and our hearts go out to you in tenderest sympathy; and you know better than this poor letter can tell you how happy we always are to have you with us!
Sometimes it really seems as if the task which we have set ourselves were more than we can accomplish; but at other times I enjoy my work more than I can say.
So you can well imagine how strong and brown I am....
Why, I can do long, complicated quadratic equations in my head quite easily, and it is great fun!
How could they--they can see and hear, and I suppose they could not understand matters from my point of view....
Thus far my summer has been sweeter than anything I can remember.
She has never been taught; but they say she can sew and likes to help others in this sort of work.
Why, when she enters a store, she will go straight to the showcases, and she can also distinguish her own things.
Why, it is the print that can be most readily adapted to many different languages.
Even Greek can be embossed in it, as you know.
It would be splendid to have The Great Round World printed in "language that can be felt."
If he had not taken upon himself the responsibility of Laura Bridgman's education and led her out of the pit of Acheron back to her human inheritance, should I be a sophomore at Radcliffe College to-day--who can say?
I will ask Dr. Hale to lend me the letter, so that I can make a copy of it for you.
The way in which Miss Keller wrote her story shows, as nothing else can show, the difficulties she had to overcome.
Where another can go, she can go.
Music probably can mean little to her but beat and pulsation.
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.
Large statues, of which she can feel the sweep of line with her whole hand, she knows in their higher esthetic value.
She suggests herself that she can know them better than we do, because she can get the true dimensions and appreciate more immediately the solid nature of a sculptured figure.
It is, however, in her daily life that one can best measure the delicacy of her senses and her manual skill.
Miss Keller puts her fingers lightly over the hand of one who is talking to her and gets the words as rapidly as they can be spelled.
Miss Sullivan and others who live constantly with the deaf can spell very rapidly--fast enough to get a slow lecture, not fast enough to get every word of a rapid speaker.
For Miss Keller to spell a sentence in the manual alphabet impresses it on her mind just as we learn a thing from having heard it many times and can call back the memory of its sound.
All that she is, all that she has done, can be explained directly, except such things in every human being as never can be explained.
His success convinced him that language can be conveyed through type to the mind of the blind-deaf child, who, before education, is in the state of the baby who has not learned to prattle; indeed, is in a much worse state, for the brain has grown in years without natural nourishment.
I suppose I shall have many such battles with the little woman before she learns the only two essential things I can teach her, obedience and love.
She can make a great many combinations now, and often invents new ones herself.
I shall do all I can to interest and stimulate it, and wait for results.
I can now tell her to bring me a large book or a small plate, to go upstairs slowly, to run fast and to walk quickly.
WE MAKE A SORT OF GAME OF IT and try to see who can find the words most quickly, Helen with her fingers, or I with my eyes, and she learns as many new words as I can explain with the help of those she knows.
I can now tell her to go upstairs or down, out of doors or into the house, lock or unlock a door, take or bring objects, sit, stand, walk, run, lie, creep, roll, or climb.
No one can see her without being impressed.
She can count to thirty very quickly, and can write seven of the square-hand letters and the words which can be made with them.
She will insist on having her hair put in curl papers when she is so sleepy she can scarcely stand.
One can easily see her meaning.
She said: Can bug know about naughty girl?
She smiled and answered, "Viney (can) not spell words."
Can flies know not to bite?
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.
Only those who are with her daily can realize the rapid advancement which she is making in the acquisition of language.
She can add and subtract with great rapidity up to the sum of one hundred; and she knows the multiplication tables as far as the FIVES.
I do not think anyone can read, or talk for that matter, until he forgets words and sentences in the technical sense.
But even then I can never have a quiet half hour to myself.
She has a very sociable disposition, and delights in the companionship of those who can follow the rapid motions of her fingers; but if left alone she will amuse herself for hours at a time with her knitting or sewing.
She does not realize that one can be anything but kind-hearted and tender.
The cat can see the mouse.
The cat can have some milk, and the mouse can have some cake.
The cat can see the mouse.
After a moment she went on: A. says God is everywhere, and that He is all love; but I do not think a person can be made out of love.
But I cannot imagine who made Mother Nature, can you?
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?
Throughout Helen's education I have invariably assumed that she can understand whatever it is desirable for her to know.
I then asked her, "Can you think of your soul as separate from your body?"
It is not necessary that a child should understand every word in a book before he can read with pleasure and profit.
Teachers can draw their own conclusions.
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.
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.
For no system of marks in a lexicon can tell one how to pronounce a word.
Miss Keller will never be able, I believe, to speak loud without destroying the pleasant quality and the distinctness of her words, but she can do much to make her speech clearer.
I can only say in reply, "This is due to habitual imitation and practice! practice! practice!"
Enough appears in the accounts by Miss Keller's teacher to show the process by which she reads the lips with her fingers, the process by which she was taught to speak, and by which, of course, she can listen to conversation now.
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.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
No one can have read Miss Keller's autobiography without feeling that she writes unusually fine English.
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.
At the same time the inborn gift of style can be starved or stimulated.
No innate genius can invent fine language.
Can you tell me in what paper the article appeared accusing Helen of plagiarism, and giving passages from both stories?
I was a very happy little child with rosy cheeks, and large blue eyes, and the most beautiful golden ringlets you can imagine.
I do not feel that I can add anything more that will be of interest.
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.
The man who can write stories thinks of stories to write.
A little later, when the rush and heat of achievement relax, we can begin to expect the appearance of grand men to celebrate in glorious poetry and prose the deeds and triumphs of the last few centuries.
I rode a fiery hunter--I can feel the impatient toss of his head now and the quiver that ran through him at the first roar of the cannon.
This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre.
They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
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.
Such is the universal law, which no man can ever outwit, and with regard to the railroad even we may say it is as broad as it is long.
Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.
Thank God, I can sit and I can stand without the aid of a furniture warehouse.
I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much.
I can understand that.
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.
There are the stars, and they who can may read them.
There are those who, like cormorants and ostriches, can digest all sorts of this, even after the fullest dinner of meats and vegetables, for they suffer nothing to be wasted.
There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell.
I know a woodchopper, of middle age, who takes a French paper, not for news as he says, for he is above that, but to "keep himself in practice," he being a Canadian by birth; and when I ask him what he considers the best thing he can do in this world, he says, beside this, to keep up and add to his English.
One who has just come from reading perhaps one of the best English books will find how many with whom he can converse about it?
Can we not hire some Abelard to lecture to us?
It can spend money enough on such things as farmers and traders value, but it is thought Utopian to propose spending money for things which more intelligent men know to be of far more worth.
New England can hire all the wise men in the world to come and teach her, and board them round the while, and not be provincial at all.
Nor is there any man so independent on his farm that he can say them nay.
Who can write so graphically the history of the storms they have weathered as these rents have done?
Nothing can rightly compel a simple and brave man to a vulgar sadness.
I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.
An elderly dame, too, dwells in my neighborhood, invisible to most persons, in whose odorous herb garden I love to stroll sometimes, gathering simples and listening to her fables; for she has a genius of unequalled fertility, and her memory runs back farther than mythology, and she can tell me the original of every fable, and on what fact every one is founded, for the incidents occurred when she was young.
I can enjoy myself well enough here chopping; I want no better sport.
He was so simply and naturally humble--if he can be called humble who never aspires--that humility was no distinct quality in him, nor could he conceive of it.
How, then, can our harvest fail?
Viewed from a hilltop it reflects the color of the sky; but near at hand it is of a yellowish tint next the shore where you can see the sand, then a light green, which gradually deepens to a uniform dark green in the body of the pond.
The water is so transparent that the bottom can easily be discerned at the depth of twenty-five or thirty feet.
I can remember when it was a foot or two lower, and also when it was at least five feet higher, than when I lived by 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.
It is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off, whose gilding Nature continually repairs; no storms, no dust, can dim its surface ever fresh;--a mirror in which all impurity presented to it sinks, swept and dusted by the sun's hazy brush--this the light dust-cloth--which retains no breath that is breathed on it, but sends its own to float as clouds high above its surface, and be reflected in its bosom still.
It is remarkable that we can look down on its surface.
How can you expect the birds to sing when their groves are cut down?
I see by its face that it is visited by the same reflection; and I can almost say, Walden, is it you?
I have said that Walden has no visible inlet nor outlet, but it is on the one hand distantly and indirectly related to Flint's Pond, which is more elevated, by a chain of small ponds coming from that quarter, and on the other directly and manifestly to Concord River, which is lower, by a similar chain of ponds through which in some other geological period it may have flowed, and by a little digging, which God forbid, it can be made to flow thither again.
The wonder is how they, how you and I, can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking.
The impure can neither stand nor sit with purity.
Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead.
But now the kind October wind rises, rustling the leaves and rippling the surface of the water, so that no loon can be heard or seen, though his foes sweep the pond with spy-glasses, and make the woods resound with their discharges.
Like the wasps, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire.
You can always see a face in the fire.
But all I can learn of their conclusions amounts to just this, that "Cato and Brister pulled wool"; which is about as edifying as the history of more famous schools of philosophy.
I do not see how he can ever die; Nature cannot spare him.
They never consulted with books, and know and can tell much less than they have done.
But I can assure my readers that Walden has a reasonably tight bottom at a not unreasonable, though at an unusual, depth.
This is a remarkable depth for so small an area; yet not an inch of it can be spared by the imagination.
It was a small cavity under ten feet of water; but I think that I can warrant the pond not to need soldering till they find a worse leak than that.
Like the water, the Walden ice, seen near at hand, has a green tint, but at a distance is beautifully blue, and you can easily tell it from the white ice of the river, or the merely greenish ice of some ponds, a quarter of a mile off.
The ice in the pond at length begins to be honeycombed, and I can set my heel in it as I walk.
You may melt your metals and cast them into the most beautiful moulds you can; they will never excite me like the forms which this molten earth flows out into.
We can never have enough of nature.
Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less.
It is a ridiculous demand which England and America make, that you shall speak so that they can understand you.
As if Nature could support but one order of understandings, could not sustain birds as well as quadrupeds, flying as well as creeping things, and hush and whoa, which Bright can understand, were the best English.
If the condition of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute?
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth.
Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only.
Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction--a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse.
"Yes, we have done great deeds, and sung divine songs, which shall never die"--that is, as long as we can remember them.
We think that we can change our clothes only.
The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.
It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.
Can we not count upon some independent votes?
How can a man be satisfied to entertain an opinion merely, and enjoy it?
The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor.
They only can force me who obey a higher law than I. They force me to become like themselves.
In fact, I quietly declare war with the State, after my fashion, though I will still make what use and get what advantage of her I can, as is usual in such cases.
It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it.
I can just imagine what a funny figure that policeman cut!
How can you? said he, running up to her.
Well, if you do, so much the better, and you can go back to her!
How can you torture me and yourself like that, for a mere fancy? said Nicholas taking her hand.
And at your age what secrets can there be between Natasha and Boris, or between you two?
"I should think not," said Vera, "because there can never be anything wrong in my behavior.
He said to me, 'I am sorry I can do so little for you, dear Princess.
It can make things no worse, and it is absolutely necessary to prepare him if he is so ill.
"Still the same; but what can you expect, this noise..." said the princess, looking at Anna Mikhaylovna as at a stranger.
Can I see him? asked Pierre, awkwardly as usual, but unabashed.
Can I see the count?
Hm.... If you wish to kill him, to kill him outright, you can see him...
You will let me know when I can see him.
I am sorry for him as a man, but what can one do?
Then just think what can be done with two hundred and thirty rubles!
"Nicholas is going away in a week's time, his... papers... have come... he told me himself... but still I should not cry," and she showed a paper she held in her hand--with the verses Nicholas had written, "still, I should not cry, but you can't... no one can understand... what a soul he has!"
"Do you think he can last till morning?" asked the German, addressing Lorrain in French which he pronounced badly.
"I can tell you more," continued Prince Vasili, seizing her hand, "that letter was written, though it was not sent, and the Emperor knew of it.
He says the count was the last representative but one of the great century, and that it is his own turn now, but that he will do all he can to let his turn come as late as possible.
Let us not seek to penetrate what mysteries they contain; for how can we, miserable sinners that we are, know the terrible and holy secrets of Providence while we remain in this flesh which forms an impenetrable veil between us and the Eternal?
However painful it may be to me, should the Almighty lay the duties of wife and mother upon me I shall try to perform them as faithfully as I can, without disquieting myself by examining my feelings toward him whom He may give me for husband.
How can one judge Father?
I don't understand how a man of his immense intellect can fail to see what is as clear as day, and can go so far astray.
But even in this I can see lately a shade of improvement.
These two things can be done together, he added.
"I know that no one can help if nature does not do her work," said Prince Andrew, evidently confused.
"Listen!" said he; "don't worry about your wife: what can be done shall be.
"Well, he's really a good fellow, one can serve under him," said Timokhin to the subaltern beside him.
One can at least be of use on the staff...
"All I can say, General," said he with a pleasant elegance of expression and intonation that obliged one to listen to each deliberately spoken word.
Also, as we are masters of Ulm, we cannot be deprived of the advantage of commanding both sides of the Danube, so that should the enemy not cross the Lech, we can cross the Danube, throw ourselves on his line of communications, recross the river lower down, and frustrate his intention should he try to direct his whole force against our faithful ally.
Dear me, can I have forgotten?
He may keep me on duty every day, or may place me under arrest, but no one can make me apologize, because if he, as commander of this regiment, thinks it beneath his dignity to give me satisfaction, then...
How can I go and apologize like a little boy asking forgiveness?
Can you fancy the figure he cut?...
I want to entertain him as far as I can, with all the pleasures of life here.
You can undertake the theater, I society, and you, Hippolyte, of course the women.
"When speaking to the Emperor, try as far as you can to praise the way that provisions are supplied and the routes indicated," said Bilibin, accompanying him to the hall.
Well, talk as much as you can, anyway.
Flower of the Austrian army, hero of the Turkish wars Hostilities are ended, we can shake one another's hand....
"If he is one of the ordinary little staff dandies sent to earn a medal he can get his reward just as well in the rearguard, but if he wishes to stay with me, let him... he'll be of use here if he's a brave officer," thought Bagration.
You can see everything from there; let's go there, Prince.
It's all the Frenchy can do to keep up with him.
Of course you artillery men are very wise, because you can take everything along with you--vodka and snacks.
"Can something bad have happened to me?" he wondered as he got up: and at that moment he felt that something superfluous was hanging on his benumbed left arm.
Can it be that they will take me too?
Can they be French?
Can they be coming at me?
The whole company can bear witness.
And my valet can go in your carriage.
Can it be that I have none?
"How can one talk or think of such trifles?" thought Pierre.
"Can a sleigh pass?" he asked his overseer, a venerable man, resembling his master in manners and looks, who was accompanying him back to the house.
It can never happen! she said, looking at herself in the glass.
What could all that matter in comparison with the will of God, without Whose care not a hair of man's head can fall?
I will ask her tomorrow in your presence; if she is willing, then he can stay on.
He can stay and I'll see.
Can it be possible? she thought, not daring to look at his face, but still feeling his eyes gazing at her.
I love you more than ever," said Princess Mary, "and I will try to do all I can for your happiness."
You who are so pure can never understand being so carried away by passion.
I will do all I can to arrange the match between them.
I can tell you for myself...
"How can the Emperor be undecided?" thought Rostov, but then even this indecision appeared to him majestic and enchanting, like everything else the Tsar did.
What can he say?
But the Austrian general, continuing to read, frowned angrily and jerked his elbows, as if to say: "You can tell me your views later, but now be so good as to look at the map and listen."
Tomorrow perhaps, even certainly, I have a presentiment that for the first time I shall have to show all I can do.
"Who can tell, your honor?" replied the hussar reluctantly.
But what he's jabbering no one can make out, said a soldier, mimicking the general who had ridden away.
"You can give the message to His Majesty," said Dolgorukov, hurriedly interrupting Bagration.
"Can you imagine it?" and he began describing how the Guards, having taken up their position and seeing troops before them, thought they were Austrians, and all at once discovered from the cannon balls discharged by those troops that they were themselves in the front line and had unexpectedly to go into action.
"What can it be?" he thought.
And Natasha rose and went out of the room on tiptoe, like a ballet dancer, but smiling as only happy girls of fifteen can smile.
"So I can fire when I like!" said Pierre, and at the word "three," he went quickly forward, missing the trodden path and stepping into the deep snow.
She can do anything with me! said Denisov, and he unhooked his saber.
How can she sing?
All we can know is that we know nothing.
No one can attain to truth by himself.
Can I receive that pure liquid into an impure vessel and judge of its purity?
Only by the inner purification of myself can I retain in some degree of purity the liquid I receive.
"Can he really be going away leaving me alone without having told me all, and without promising to help me?" thought Pierre, rising with downcast head; and he began to pace the room, glancing occasionally at the Mason.
"In that case we can go," said Willarski.
But since this mystery is of such a nature that nobody can know or use it unless he be prepared by long and diligent self-purification, not everyone can hope to attain it quickly.
I know all about it, and I can tell you positively that Helene is as innocent before you as Christ was before the Jews.
We shall not cease to express our sincere views on that subject, and can only say to the King of Prussia and others: 'So much the worse for you.
The Emperor of Austria can never have thought of such a thing, it is only the cabinet that says it.
What error or evil can there be in my wishing to do good, and even doing a little--though I did very little and did it very badly?
I don't understand how one can live with such ideas.
I'm alive, that is not my fault, so I must live out my life as best I can without hurting others.
"All right, all right, you can tell us afterwards," said Princess Mary, flushing.
He has not a character like us women who, when we suffer, can weep away our sorrows.
A weal dog astwide a fence! shouted Denisov after him (the most insulting expression a cavalryman can address to a mounted infantryman) and riding up to Rostov, he burst out laughing.
All is over between us, but I won't leave here without having done all I can for Denisov and certainly not without getting his letter to the Emperor.
Who can be more just, more magnanimous than he?
"Can it be me?" thought Rostov.
"How can you judge what's best?" he cried, the blood suddenly rushing to his face.
How can you judge the Emperor's actions?
Oh, how can you sleep?
Only to this aim can we always strive independently of circumstances.
Only the vicissitudes of life can show us its vanity and develop our innate love of death or of rebirth to a new life.
But on the contrary, my papa and mamma are now provided for--I have arranged that rent for them in the Baltic Provinces--and I can live in Petersburg on my pay, and with her fortune and my good management we can get along nicely.
She was finishing her last prayer: "Can it be that this couch will be my grave?"
Mamma, can we have a talk?
You have quite turned his head, I can see that....
How can you know?
How can I explain it to you?
One can really say it's a wonderful voice!
"How can people be dissatisfied with anything?" thought Natasha.
Can all that make me any happier or better?
You can get to know something, you can ask for something.
But can she love me?...
Can it be true?
Your loss is so terrible that I can only explain it to myself as a special providence of God who, loving you, wishes to try you and your excellent mother.
Religion, and religion alone, can--I will not say comfort us--but save us from despair.
Religion alone can explain to us what without its help man cannot comprehend: why, for what cause, kind and noble beings able to find happiness in life--not merely harming no one but necessary to the happiness of others--are called away to God, while cruel, useless, harmful persons, or such as are a burden to themselves and to others, are left living.
What can be keeping him?
"Can you resist it?" those eyes seemed to be asking.
"I don't understand," continued Ilagin, "how some sportsmen can be so jealous about game and dogs.
For myself, I can tell you, Count, I enjoy riding in company such as this... what could be better?
How can I join in?
I can always sacrifice my feelings for my family's welfare," he said to himself, "but I can't coerce my feelings.
"What can I do with them?" thought Natasha.
Oh, Nikita, please go... where can I send him?...
"What can I do, where can I go?" thought she, as she went slowly along the passage.
Besides who can tell whether I saw anything or not? flashed through Sonya's mind.
"Nothing is trivial, and nothing is important, it's all the same--only to save oneself from it as best one can," thought Pierre.
"How can we fight the French, Prince?" said Count Rostopchin.
Can we arm ourselves against our teachers and divinities?
I can read him like a book.
"Ah, how bitter it is to love someone near to you and to feel that..." she went on in a trembling voice, "that you can do nothing for him but grieve him, and to know that you cannot alter this.
That is all one can say about her.
"I can always arrange so as not to see her often," thought Boris.
Of course Prince Andrew is not a child and can shift without him, but it's not nice to enter a family against a father's will.
"And how can Sonya love Nicholas so calmly and quietly and wait so long and so patiently?" thought she, looking at Sonya, who also came in quite ready, with a fan in her hand.
One can see at once that they're engaged....
So it is plain that nothing has happened and there is nothing to repent of, and Andrew can love me still.
How can you live in Moscow and go nowhere?
What can I do? said he.
Can I never...? and, blocking her path, he brought his face close to hers.
"Can it be that it is all over?" she thought.
Can it be that all this has happened so quickly and has destroyed all that went before?
Can she have left off loving Prince Andrew?
But, Natasha, can that be all over?
What can I do?
Natasha, have you considered what these secret reasons can be?
Let me have what you can to go to the fair.
As fast as ever the horses can gallop, so fast we'll go!
What can have happened?
And what can they want with me? thought he as he dressed to go to Marya Dmitrievna's.
But how can I?...
"But can this be compared...?" said Pierre.
No, that can never be.
Where can I go now?
We can understand that the matter seemed like that to contemporaries.
To us, their descendants, who are not historians and are not carried away by the process of research and can therefore regard the event with unclouded common sense, an incalculable number of causes present themselves.
This inevitability alone can explain how the cruel Arakcheev, who tore out a grenadier's mustache with his own hands, whose weak nerves rendered him unable to face danger, and who was neither an educated man nor a courtier, was able to maintain his powerful position with Alexander, whose own character was chivalrous, noble, and gentle.
"Thank God that I can," replied Prince Andrew.
When one thinks who and what--what trash--can cause people misery! he said with a malignity that alarmed Princess Mary.
Give him real power, for war cannot be conducted successfully without unity of command, and he will show what he can do, as he did in Finland.
A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known.
No one was or is able to foresee in what condition our or the enemy's armies will be in a day's time, and no one can gauge the force of this or that detachment.
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.
Is a man a genius who can order bread to be brought up at the right time and say who is to go to the right and who to the left?
And only in the ranks can one serve with assurance of being useful.
Since the campaigns of Austerlitz and of 1807 Rostov knew by experience that men always lie when describing military exploits, as he himself had done when recounting them; besides that, he had experience enough to know that nothing happens in war at all as we can imagine or relate it.
We can at least get dry there, and Mary Hendrikhovna's there.
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.
With a sinking heart, wretched as she always was now when she found herself in a crowd, Natasha in her lilac silk dress trimmed with black lace walked- -as women can walk--with the more repose and stateliness the greater the pain and shame in her soul.
I don't know, I am very far from having military tastes, but in these times no one can answer for himself.
"Anybody can shove," said the footman, and also began working his elbows to such effect that he pushed Petya into a very filthy corner of the gateway.
You can go, said Dron.
How can one talk to the masters like that?
How can you chuck it in like that or shove it under the cord where it'll get rubbed?
How can they need reinforcements when they already have half the army directed against a weak, unentrenched Russian wing?
A modern branch of mathematics having achieved the art of dealing with the infinitely small can now yield solutions in other more complex problems of motion which used to appear insoluble.
Man can be master of nothing while he fears death, but he who does not fear it possesses all.
Be off as soon as you can, that's all I have to tell you.
For one day we can move into the drawing room.
They can have all our half of the house.
We can harness at once, your excellency.
"Well, never mind, some of the things can be unloaded," he added in a soft, confidential voice, as though afraid of being overheard.
After all, ours are things that can be bought but think what being left behind means to them!...
But in general I can tell you, Papa, that such a heroic spirit, the truly antique valor of the Russian army, which they--which it" (he corrected himself) "has shown or displayed in the battle of the twenty-sixth-- there are no words worthy to do it justice!
General Barclay de Tolly risked his life everywhere at the head of the troops, I can assure you.
"We can take four more men," said the steward.
They can have my trap, or else what is to become of them?
Dunyasha can go with me in the carriage.
How can you talk such nonsense?
But can it be true that I am in Moscow?
Here and there among the cells containing dead brood and honey an angry buzzing can sometimes be heard.
How can one push on?
Can they be saved when the army has gone?
How can one do without government?
They are like wolves whom nothing but flesh can appease.
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.
That is all I can say.
You can tell a Parisian two leagues off.
Can I do anything for you?
You can even see the crows flying.
You can see it from the window, she said to her cousin, evidently wishing to distract her mind.
It's such pain, you know, that I wonder how he can bear it.
A healthy man can tear himself away from the deepest reflections to say a civil word to someone who comes in and can then return again to his own thoughts.
It is possible to love someone dear to you with human love, but an enemy can only be loved by divine love.
No, neither death nor anything else can destroy it.
"Sister must have taken her, or else where can she be?" he added.
All right, you can tell all about it at the court-martial.
You can yourself imagine the effect this news has had on me, and your silence increases my astonishment.
We can no longer both reign together.
So you see there can be no question about- said Nicholas incoherently and blushing.
How can one think of it!
She was right," he thought, remembering what the governor's wife had said: "Nothing but misfortune can come of marrying Sonya.
Yes, prayer can move mountains, but one must have faith and not pray as Natasha and I used to as children, that the snow might turn into sugar-- and then run out into the yard to see whether it had done so.
"How can you show me that you are telling the truth?" said Davout coldly.
How can one help it, lad?
How can one see all this and not feel sad?
Can I see him--can I? asked the princess.
Can I see him--can I? asked the princess.
"Can it or can it not be?" he now thought as he looked at her and listened to the light click of the steel needles.
"Can it or can it not be?" he now thought as he looked at her and listened to the light click of the steel needles.
There is, and can be, no cause of an historical event except the one cause of all causes.
"They can still be called back," said one of his suite, who like Count Orlov felt distrustful of the adventure when he looked at the enemy's camp.
"I prefer not to take lessons from anyone, but I can die with my men as well as anybody," he said, and advanced with a single division.
"We couldn't take Murat prisoner this morning or get to the place in time, and nothing can be done now!" he replied to someone else.
Napoleon enters Moscow after the brilliant victory de la Moskowa; there can be no doubt about the victory for the battlefield remains in the hands of the French.
Of all that Napoleon might have done: wintering in Moscow, advancing on Petersburg or on Nizhni-Novgorod, or retiring by a more northerly or more southerly route (say by the road Kutuzov afterwards took), nothing more stupid or disastrous can be imagined than what he actually did.
Markets are established in the city where peasants can bring their surplus supplies and the products of the soil.
See how that fellow has loaded himself up, he can hardly walk!
They must understand that we can only lose by taking the offensive.
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.
There can be no doubt about it, your Highness.
There is a certain limit of time in less than which no amount of heat can melt the snow.
One can imagine what confusion and obscurity would result from such an account of the duel.
Only then, expressing known historic facts by equations and comparing the relative significance of this factor, can we hope to define the unknown.
But can you stay till tomowwow?
"Oh, what can I do for him?" he thought, and opening the door he let the boy pass in first.
But above all Denisov must not dare to imagine that I'll obey him and that he can order me about.
If he can, so can I!
We can still get a nap before morning.
You can have some.
Can you do it?
It's ready, your honor; you can split a Frenchman in half with it!
He had learned that as there is no condition in which man can be happy and entirely free, so there is no condition in which he need be unhappy and lack freedom.
First he rings his bell fearlessly, but when he gets into a tight place he runs away as quietly as he can, and often thinking to escape runs straight into his opponent's arms.
For the "great" man nothing is wrong, there is no atrocity for which a "great" man can be blamed.
Can the French be so enormously superior to us that when we had surrounded them with superior forces we could not beat them?
One can cut off a slice of bread, but not an army.
Men can only be taken prisoners if they surrender according to the rules of strategy and tactics, as the Germans did.
What misfortune can happen to them?
In reply to Lauriston's proposal of peace, he said: There can be no peace, for such is the people's will.
To a lackey no man can be great, for a lackey has his own conception of greatness.
Yes, it's all very well, but when a man's feet are frozen how can he walk?
So,' he says, 'we tie our faces up with kerchiefs and turn our heads away as we drag them off: we can hardly do it.
"What can one say or think of as a consolation?" said Pierre.
"How can you ask why?" said Princess Mary.
"And because," Pierre continued, "only one who believes that there is a God ruling us can bear a loss such as hers and... yours."
With such masters one can live.
What is surprising is that they should trouble about these things now when it can no longer be of interest to them.
Tell me, can I hope?
"Can she have loved my brother so little as to be able to forget him so soon?" she thought when she reflected on the change.
If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, the possibility of life is destroyed.
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.
"Oh, Nicholas, how can you talk like that?" cried Sonya, hardly able to conceal her delight.
Often, speaking with vexation of some failure or irregularity, he would say: "What can one do with our Russian peasants?" and imagined that he could not bear them.
"And fairness, of course," he added, "for if the peasant is naked and hungry and has only one miserable horse, he can do no good either for himself or for me."
"You can see the woman in her already," she said in French, pointing to little Natasha.
If the purpose of food is nourishment and the purpose of marriage is the family, the whole question resolves itself into not eating more than one can digest, and not having more wives or husbands than are needed for the family--that is, one wife or one husband.
What can decent men do?
What can be done?
He seeks only for peace, and only these people sans foi ni loi * can give it him--people who recklessly hack at and strangle everything--Magnitski, Arakcheev, and tutti quanti....
Yes, but it's a secret society and therefore a hostile and harmful one which can only cause harm.
One can do anything with him by tenderness.
Natasha and Pierre, left alone, also began to talk as only a husband and wife can talk, that is, with extraordinary clearness and rapidity, understanding and expressing each other's thoughts in ways contrary to all rules of logic, without premises, deductions, or conclusions, and in a quite peculiar way.
Besides, when I was in Petersburg I felt (I can say this to you) that the whole affair would go to pieces without me--everyone was pulling his own way.
Can a man so important and necessary to society be also my husband?
According to this view the power of historical personages, represented as the product of many forces, can no longer, it would seem, be regarded as a force that itself produces events.
The only conception that can explain the movement of the locomotive is that of a force commensurate with the movement observed.
The only conception that can explain the movement of the peoples is that of some force commensurate with the whole movement of the peoples.
This conception is the one handle by means of which the material of history, as at present expounded, can be dealt with, and anyone who breaks that handle off, as Buckle did, without finding some other method of treating historical material, merely deprives himself of the one possible way of dealing with it.
They can be used and can circulate and fulfill their purpose without harm to anyone and even advantageously, as long as no one asks what is the security behind them.
As gold is gold only if it is serviceable not merely for exchange but also for use, so universal historians will be valuable only when they can reply to history's essential question: what is power?
From this fundamental difference between the view held by history and that held by jurisprudence, it follows that jurisprudence can tell minutely how in its opinion power should be constituted and what power-- existing immutably outside time--is, but to history's questions about the meaning of the mutations of power in time it can answer nothing.
Evidently the explanations furnished by these historians being mutually contradictory can only satisfy young children.
To these questions there are and can be no answers.
The history of the Godfreys and the Minnesingers can evidently not cover the life of the peoples.
Whatever happens and whoever may stand at the head of affairs, the theory can always say that such and such a person took the lead because the collective will was transferred to him.
Not to speak of the fact that no description of the collective activity of men can do without the conception of power, the existence of power is proved both by history and by observing contemporary events.
Only the expression of the will of the Deity, not dependent on time, can relate to a whole series of events occurring over a period of years or centuries, and only the Deity, independent of everything, can by His sole will determine the direction of humanity's movement; but man acts in time and himself takes part in what occurs.
But to know what can and what cannot be executed is impossible, not only in the case of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in which millions participated, but even in the simplest event, for in either case millions of obstacles may arise to prevent its execution.
So that examining the relation in time of the commands to the events, we find that a command can never be the cause of the event, but that a certain definite dependence exists between the two.
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?
Arriving at this conclusion we can reply directly and positively to these two essential questions of history:
But his will--which forms the essence of his life--man recognizes (and can but recognize) as free.
To solve the question of how freedom and necessity are combined and what constitutes the essence of these two conceptions, the philosophy of history can and should follow a path contrary to that taken by other sciences.
Can I lift my arm?
In the same way we can never imagine the action of a man quite devoid of freedom and entirely subject to the law of inevitability.
(3) The connection between cause and effect has no beginning and can have no end.
But just as the subject of every science is the manifestation of this unknown essence of life while that essence itself can only be the subject of metaphysics, even the manifestation of the force of free will in human beings in space, in time, and in dependence on cause forms the subject of history, while free will itself is the subject of metaphysics.
If any single action is due to free will, then not a single historical law can exist, nor any conception of historical events.
We can stop right here if you want, Carmen.
The unknown can be worse than reality, and she had no idea what to expect on the flight.
It isn't one of those things you can talk through, I guess.
"Can I hold her?" she asked Alex.
I can talk, Alex said, his voice still firm but gentle.
Then we will all go down together and Maria can get acquainted with her while you are measured for a dress.
Someone will have to pick her up at the airport, but she can stay with Jonathan at the house.
I've spoken to the school and you can take the bus from there.
They can be downright cantankerous.
I knew you'd be upset and there is nothing you can do... nothing I can do.
Isn't it strange how babies can draw people together?
I can come back.
"I wonder how I can get my car back on the road," she mused, and felt relieved when his attention returned to the car.
If I could use your phone, Mrs. Giddon, I'll see if I can find someone to come get me.
I'll show you where you can sleep.
"I can walk," she said tersely.
I guess there's nothing we can do here.
"You can call your parents from the house," he said.
If you need time to take care of things, I can come back and get you.
"Can your horse talk?" she asked.
"Perhaps we can walk on the air ourselves," replied the girl.
"The Rain of Stones has done much damage to our city," he said, "and we shall hold you responsible for it unless you can prove your innocence."
She's as perfect as she can be.
"If I can get it," added Eureka.
I wonder why it is that we can walk so easily in the air.
I wish you would go and fetch my satchel, two lanterns, and a can of kerosene oil that is under the seat.
What else can you do?
Next the Wizard poured a pool of oil from the can upon the glass floor, where it covered quite a broad surface.
"We can see you," said another of the piglets.
"Can he fight?" asked the man's voice.
"No! he can kick pretty hard with his heels, and bite a little; but Jim can't 'zactly fight," she replied.
Neither can we see the cruel bears, for they also eat the fruit.
"Yes," sighed Eureka; "and I also can see you again, and the sight makes me dreadfully hungry.
I'll get my spy-glass, and then you can see it more plainly.
"Eureka sees better in the dark than we can," whispered Dorothy.
To be sure, when we can get them.
"And so can the nine tiny piglets," added Eureka.
He can do several very wonderful things--if he knows how.
But this sawhorse can trot as fast as you can, Jim; and he's very wise, too.
I won't have any quarrelling in the Land of Oz, I can tell you!
Also I can see the flesh.
He has won the race, and won it fairly; but what can a horse of flesh do against a tireless beast of wood?
If you can prove I'm guilty, I'll be willing to die nine times, but a mind's eye is no proof, because the Woggle-Bug has no mind to see with.
"Ozma can do it, easily," replied Dorothy.
"Well," said the teacher, "you can write words, can you not?"
After you have written three or four words, you can put them together, can you not?
At last James Hogg said, "It's of no use; all we can do is to go home and tell the master that we have lost his whole flock."
They shall get no powder, if I can help it.
"I will do all that I can," said his friend.
He's one of those country fellows who can sleep in the haymow and eat with the horses.
"Well, then," answered the stranger, "I will see what they can do for me at the Planters' Tavern, round the corner;" and he rode away.
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.
"There are few men who can draw so good a picture of a fly," he said.
Men have told me that there is no riddle so cunning that you can not solve it.
"But," said he, "no man can rightly succeed without an education."
Now, Brother Felix says I can read almost as well as he.
You can never know everything, my child.
"I shall be glad to see what you can do," he said.
What news can you give me concerning my friend Arion, the sweetest of all musicians?
Most people haven't even tried because we cannot reasonably imagine a way by which we can be rid of them.
But I can see a path.
At the very least, history can clearly show the range of outcomes that are likely.
It can hardly even be called coherent.
Where everyone can live up to his or her maximum potential.
What can you do with that?
A computer can do some tasks better than a person can.
But as we do them yet again and capture them, we finally can begin to develop a planet-wide memory system.
Under what conditions can we claim victory in this war on disease?
So if its person-to-person transmission can be interrupted, it truly can be eradicated from the planet.
We can draw lessons and encouragement from the histories of polio and smallpox, on several counts.
Computers can connect to and control highly specialized scientific instruments, and equipment can be accessed remotely.
How much of my delight in all beautiful things is innate, and how much is due to her influence, I can never tell.
Only such a one can appreciate the eagerness with which I talked to my toys, to stones, trees, birds and dumb animals, or the delight I felt when at my call Mildred ran to me or my dogs obeyed my commands.
All teachers of the deaf know what this means, and only they can at all appreciate the peculiar difficulties with which I had to contend.
I cannot fathom or define their meaning any more than I can fathom or define love or religion or goodness.
Only those who knew and loved him best can understand what his friendship meant to me.
With this machine movable type shuttles can be used, and one can have several shuttles, each with a different set of characters--Greek, French, or mathematical, according to the kind of writing one wishes to do on the typewriter.
How can he remember well his ignorance--which his growth requires--who has so often to use his knowledge?
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling.
How can a man be a philosopher and not maintain his vital heat by better methods than other men?
My accounts, which I can swear to have kept faithfully, I have, indeed, never got audited, still less accepted, still less paid and settled.
Can one be well while suffering morally?
"How can he talk like that?" thought Pierre.
You can sit up, but you have to stay in there.
We who live here much prefer to be invisible; for we can still hug and kiss one another, and are quite safe from the bears.
"But I make you wash it, every time I think of it," said the mother; "for it stands to reason your face is dirty, Ianu, whether I can see it or not."
If the Gargoyles can unhook the wings then the power to fly lies in the wings themselves, and not in the wooden bodies of the people who wear them.
"But how can you get down?" enquired the girl, wonderingly.
Then he poured over them all the kerosene oil that was left in his oil-can, and lighting a match set fire to the pile.
All the piglets are exactly alike, so no one can dispute your word.
Tomorrow morning I'll go to Kansas and you can go to Californy.
"Well, I can make some oars," said Robert; "but I think there ought to be still another and a better way.
What's more, the Internet can be a fact checker, post office, Rolodex, Yellow Pages, White Pages, game board, garage sale, university, movie theater, jukebox, matchmaking service, travel agent, photo album, bank, support group ...
You must go away too, take away what you can and tell the serfs to go to the Ryazan estate or to the one near Moscow.
All this naked white human flesh, laughing and shrieking, floundered about in that dirty pool like carp stuffed into a watering can, and the suggestion of merriment in that floundering mass rendered it specially pathetic.
They can hear a pin drop.