Do you want a boy or a girl, Dad?
By the words, necessary of life, I mean whatever, of all that man obtains by his own exertions, has been from the first, or from long use has become, so important to human life that few, if any, whether from savageness, or poverty, or philosophy, ever attempt to do without it.
Books based on this "wouldn't-it-be-great-if ..." approach to the future are works of pure faith or pure fiction, not of reason.
Though it was unintelligible why he had told it, or why it had to be told in Russian, still Anna Pavlovna and the others appreciated Prince Hippolyte's social tact in so agreeably ending Pierre's unpleasant and unamiable outburst.
The idea of making love in a strange bedroom was disturbing enough, but with only a door between them and the children, locked or not, it didn't feel right.
Look at the teamster on the highway, wending to market by day or night; does any divinity stir within him?
"Which would you rather have" asked the caliph, "three hundred pieces of gold, or three wise sayings from my lips?"
These soldiers guarded the streets of the town; they would not let any one go out or come in without their leave.
I make the predictions in this book not to be sensational or controversial.
Or astounding technological breakthroughs that have no precedent in reality.
And because human nature changes either not at all or very slowly, people make the same choices over and over again.
Either from awkwardness or intentionally (no one could have said which) after the shawl had been adjusted he kept his arm around her for a long time, as though embracing her.
One day he would order his camp bed to be set up in the glass gallery, another day he remained on the couch or on the lounge chair in the drawing room and dozed there without undressing, while--instead of Mademoiselle Bourienne--a serf boy read to him.
I don't know if he is actually trying to hide things, or simply doesn't know how to initiate the subject.
But then, she hadn't approved of his drinking or the way he treated Lori either.
"But WE mus'n't eat them," the Wizard warned the children, "or we too may become invisible, and lose each other.
All people need rest, even if they are made of wood, and as there is no night here they select a certain time of the day in which to sleep or doze.
Please tell me, Mr. Wizard, whether you called yourself Oz after this great country, or whether you believe my country is called Oz after you.
The town seemed very still; but now and then he could hear the beating of a drum or the shouting of some soldier.
Or radical shifts in human behavior or human nature, which will never happen.
Whether things in the future stay the same as they are today or change from what they are today, both are understood in terms of the current reality.
"Go in, Annette, or you will catch cold," said the little princess, taking leave of Anna Pavlovna.
Are you going to be a guardsman or a diplomatist? asked Prince Andrew after a momentary silence.
But to judge what is best--conscription or the militia--we can leave to the supreme authority....
It will be several days before she needs to be picked, or at least that is my judgment.
And you must have better manners, Eureka, or something worse will happen to you.
They made no sounds at all, either in flying or trying to speak, and they conversed mainly by means of quick signals made with their wooden fingers or lips.
Zeb was also escorted to a room--so grand and beautiful that he almost feared to sit in the chairs or lie upon the bed, lest he might dim their splendor.
Many years before you came here this Land was united under one Ruler, as it is now, and the Ruler's name was always 'Oz,' which means in our language 'Great and Good'; or, if the Ruler happened to be a woman, her name was always 'Ozma.'
Are you guilty, or not guilty?
They thought that pictures might take one's mind away from things that were better or more useful.
The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
He pushed forward, feeling stirred, but not yet sure what stirred him or what he would say.
He himself did not yet know what he would say, but he began to speak eagerly, occasionally lapsing into French or expressing himself in bookish Russian.
Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.
The crowd drew up to the large table, at which sat gray-haired or bald seventy-year-old magnates, uniformed and besashed almost all of whom Pierre had seen in their own homes with their buffoons, or playing boston at the clubs.
After all the preceding noise the sound of their old voices saying one after another, "I agree," or for variety, "I too am of that opinion," and so on had even a mournful effect.
Princess Mary spent half of every day with little Nicholas, watching his lessons, teaching him Russian and music herself, and talking to Dessalles; the rest of the day she spent over her books, with her old nurse, or with "God's folk" who sometimes came by the back door to see her.
They've brought things to such a pass that there are no carts or anything!...
Alpatych, without answering or looking at his host, sorted his packages and asked how much he owed.
Lucky you jumped aside, or it would have wiped you out!
Through the streets soldiers in various uniforms walked or ran confusedly in different directions like ants from a ruined ant-hill.