He thinks you are better than us.
He has lived more than eighty years.
Alex had been hiding more than a father.
No one could have been more private than Josh.
Less than a week later she passed another milestone.
"That's all right," returned the man's voice, more pleasantly than before.
I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.
It was light enough to see a long way in the deserted street and it seemed more like morning or evening than night.
But I am making a simple statement that life is better now than it has ever been.
The school was more than a mile from their home, and the children trotted along as fast as their short legs could carry them.
It was high, much higher than he could reach.
We don't need our computers to be infinitely fast, just a whole lot faster than they are today.
It was no fun to be pulled over the sharp stones in that way; but it was better than to be bitten by the wolf.
But there was no shepherd in Scotland that could have done better than Sirrah did that night.
Alex seemed to be more comfortable around Morino than he was around his father's family.
It crossed her mind that Alex might be more than uncomfortable in these surroundings.
Whether you are rich or poor, live in the developed world or the developing world, life today is better and easier than it was a century ago by virtually any measure.
With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.
Analysts declared each successive generation might be "the first to have a lower standard of living than their parents."
Even when I studied most earnestly it seemed more like play than work.
Within less than two minutes, Billy saw Mary Green whispering, and she had to take his place.
How can a man be a philosopher and not maintain his vital heat by better methods than other men?
This approach is even more flawed than the first.
It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow.
I never had patience to arrange more than five or six groups at a time.
More than likely the correction was to prevent her from being embarrassed.
Carmen glanced around the table, but everyone seemed to be more amused than disturbed... everyone but Señor Medena.
More than likely Alex didn't want to hear any more about danger, though.
It seemed to him that more than half an hour had elapsed.
The voice and words belonged to Josh, and yet he had been dead for more than two years.
"Second," Katie cut in, "His father's family has been in this country longer than yours."
But I guess if we have, it's no worse than having a child out of wedlock.
The unknown can be worse than reality, and she had no idea what to expect on the flight.
To him, it was no different than artificially inseminating a cow at his clinic... well, the concept wasn't.
I know better than that.
If he thought Alex was warming to him, he saw more than she did.
Carmen couldn't make out more than a few words, but one of them was mare.
"Yes. I couldn't find a better friend than Alex, could I?" she said.
Was the man capable of thinking of someone other than himself?
Jonathan found a stick larger on one end than the other to use for a bat.
The man, or boy, couldn't have been more than twenty, yet his steps were as sure as the hands that whirled her around the room.
If he knew who Alex really was, he probably knew more than Alex did.
I guess the only thing he wanted more than that was a good woman and children.
I don't see how that's any different than you trying to protect me.
Of course, it went a lot deeper than that.
I suppose no place is better than home on Christmas.
Maybe he loved his children more than she gave him credit for.
Alex spoke from behind her, his tone less than friendly.
Some people just put more effort into distinguishing right from wrong than others.
More than that, he was willing to make concessions - in front of the children.
Consequently, it made more sense to submit to Alex than argue with him.
The medication they were giving her to clear up the congestion in her lungs was making her sleep a lot, but they thought that was better than having her upset all the time.
Crackling is much better than that faint wheezing.
If he was in bed under the current circumstances, he must be sicker than he was letting on.
Maybe it was more than that.
Crackling is much better than that faint wheezing.
If he was in bed under the current circumstances, he must be sicker than he was letting on.
Maybe it was more than that.
But I've just had the bad luck to come out of the sky, skip the solid earth, and land lower down than I intended.
Why, they're better than piglets--or even milk!
I am greater than any thorn-covered sorcerer that every grew in your garden.
"The Valley of Voe is certainly a charming place," resumed the Wizard; "but we cannot be contented in any other land than our own, for long."
"Very good," said the Wizard; "we can all yell better than we can fight, so we ought to defeat the Gargoyles."
The Gargoyles were very small of stature, being less than three feet in height.
They're uglier than the Gargoyles.
Its wooden legs moved so fast that their twinkling could scarcely be seen, and although so much smaller than the cab-horse it covered the ground much faster.
"There ought to be several animals on the jury," said Ozma, "because animals understand each other better than we people understand them.
"The criminal who now sits before the court licking her paws," resumed the Woggle-Bug, "has long desired to unlawfully eat the fat piglet, which was no bigger than a mouse.
They thought more of hunting and fighting than of learning.
The teacher answered, "I know of no man who is more honored than yourself."
"I would rather live alone on a desert island than be a sailor on this ship," he said.
More than a hundred years ago, two boys were fishing in a small river.
The old boat creeps over the water no faster than a snail.
"It is better to be wise than wealthy," he said.
They lived more than two thousand years ago, and each one helped to make his country famous.
The present is better than the past.
In the past, success relied heavily on whether an entrepreneur could move an offline experience online better than someone else.
It has endured far longer than most people—probably even Moore himself—ever imagined it could.
I spend less time waiting for Excel to do a recalculation of my formulas today than I did on my 386 in the 1990s, even though my spreadsheets are thousands of times more complex.
More than that in Facebook status updates every day.
Better than anything the world has ever seen.
It does so in orders of magnitude better than what came before it—libraries—but only better, not differently.
Wise machines are dramatically more valuable than machines that just store and retrieve information.
When I go to far-flung places, I often know little of local customs and, through ignorance, I have committed more than one faux pas.
It will make us all profoundly wise, wiser than the wisest person who has ever lived.
Remember Eric Schmidt's statement that more information is created every two days than in all of human history prior to 2003?
Or that a certain group of people who do a seemingly unrelated set of a dozen activities report levels of happiness higher than average?
Why are there fewer traffic jams in one certain city than in any other of its size?
Why are dropout rates in some schools lower than demographically matched schools anywhere else in the world?
Ten years later, in 1959, Francois Genuys used an IBM 704 and calculated pi to more than fifteen thousand digits in just four hours.
By 1973 it was calculated to more than a million digits, in 1983 more than ten million digits, in 1987 more than one hundred million digits, in 1989 more than one billion digits, and in 1997 more than fifty billion digits.
In 2009, pi was calculated to more than two trillion digits—in less than thirty hours.
But give credit where credit is due: For certain tasks, machines perform vastly better than humans.
Armed with this data, it will suggest different products to me than to you.
A computer can do some tasks better than a person can.
Any task a computer can do better than a person is, by definition, a task requiring no human creativity or ingenuity.
You were better off than before, in terms of making a knowledgeable decision.
The system has data from all their GPS records and infers that to drive across town several times for a place is a stronger vote than eating at the corner restaurant.
Of all the celebrated accomplishments of science, I think none is more significant than the end of certain diseases, especially the scourge of polio.
One Gallup poll at the time said more people knew about the trial than knew the full name of the president.
It was mentioned by the Hindus more than three thousand years ago (and some suggest they even inoculated against it).
By the 1780s, though the procedure was certainly better than nothing, it still had a fair number of problems.
The number of medical patents issued in 2010 was more than fifty thousand, an all-time record—and it almost certainly will be broken next year, then the next, and again the next.
The number of pharmaceutical patents issued in 2010 was also more than fifty thousand—also an all-time record, and also likely to be broken again and again in the years to come.
We will do much more in the next twenty years than in the preceding one hundred.
After that, more in five years than those twenty.
Then more in one year than those five.
A finding might look like this: "People who eat radishes get better slightly more frequently than people who don't."
The same happenchance brought us the learning that children in schools with fluorescent lights get fewer cavities than those in schools with incandescent lighting.
Say, for instance, you believe redheads cause more traffic accidents than those with other colors of hair.
And of the redheads themselves, are there factors among the clumsy ones that are different than the coordinated ones?
Why do first basemen live longer than anyone else on the team?
It is said that tall people live shorter lives than short people.
We will be able to examine all kinds of social issues: Why are some areas poorer than others?
Why do people in certain areas stay in school longer than those in other areas?
Life existed at a scale smaller than the eye could see.
(With more than thirty thousand genes in your body, you can't expect them all to have cool names.)
Both are better off than they were, even though nothing new has been created.
With each trade he got something he valued more than what he traded away; and presumably all the people he traded with along the way also increased their value with each trade.
So when people have excess goods, they are able to trade those goods away for things they want and suffer less of a decrease in utility than the amount they are increasing in their trading partners.
It is safe to say that the man with seventeen puppies is creating more happiness by giving one each to sixteen friends than he is forgoing by his loss of puppies.
I take things from my attic and my garage and sell them to people who value them more than I do.
And yet pencils get made, more than a billion of them a year, and they are essentially given away.
These new methods are considered advances if what they produce is worth more than the cost of their parts.
For the foreseeable future, technological advance will drive the world of wealth creation—and it is capable of producing more wealth than everything that has come before it.
Better him than you.
Even more so than air!
Vastly more energy than we need pours down on this planet in the form of sunlight.
Less than five hundred.
Chad's next job will actually pay more than $10 an hour.
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.
Why would your employer pay you more than the value you are able to add?
And he will find he is capable of adding far more value than as a set of eyes watching a screen.
In this regard, they are little different than talking dogs in cartoons.
But more than that, nanotechnology will create new opportunities that we cannot now see.
I could no more make a paperclip than I could make a Boeing 747.
Robots can manipulate matter smaller than we can even see, and robots can effortlessly manipulate objects that weigh many tons.
This 4,000MB (or 4GB) of memory cost a bit more than $200.
Now, less than twenty years later, a drive one thousand times larger is $70.
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.
As we discussed, the Law of Diminishing Returns states that each additional unit of a thing you get is worth a bit less to you than the ones you have already.
It will be better than any pan you own today.
The house of the future won't just be better than the house you have today.
Your house will not be "smart" insofar as it will not seem alive to you any more than your garage door opener or your web browser does.
This house will be cheaper to build than a house today and worth vastly more to you for all the cool things it does.
A poor person with a six-year-old car today has more wealth than a poor person with a six-year-old car did back in 1911, for the simple reason that cars are so much better now.
A poor person with free access to the Internet at the library is wealthier than a poor person with free access to just a library.
This per-person threshold actually exceeds the average income of three-quarters of the countries on the planet, including Mexico, Russia, and Brazil, and is about 20 percent higher than the average income of the entire planet.
Think about that: Poverty in the United States is defined as higher than the average income of the planet.
If the poor believe they have less justice than the rich, they buy into the system less. 4.
When the rich are demographically different than the poor.
This dance has happened more times than a weary historian can count.
The United Kingdom famously did this after World War II by raising marginal tax rates on earned income to more than 99 percent and, for some other kinds of income, to more than 100 percent.
That meant for every pound someone made, he owed more than a pound in taxes.
Long term, this hurts nations more than expropriation has helped them.
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.
It is safe to say that more than a majority of people in rich nations feel this way.
The tax rates when the "conservatives" are in power are very little different than when the "liberals" are in power.
But the big question is whether these same economics would apply in a world one hundred times richer than we are right now.
After all, that's the government taking more than half of what you make.
In other words, the average person will make more money, pay a higher percentage as taxes, but still bring home vastly more than before.
But it really is no different than me thinking it is my birthright to be able to have freedom of speech.
As civilization and technology advance, people begin to create more than they consume.
First, I would contend that the size of this problem is substantially smaller than many people would guess.
In a few years, the money is gone and they are worse off than before.
I base that expectation in part on the fact that today, many of us already live in more comfort than the richest king in the world did two hundred years ago.
In my experience, people who challenge themselves and strive for goals are happier and healthier than those who don't.
People who live their lives following their passions seem more full of life and energy than anyone else.
After touring the United States for more than nine months in the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville returned to his native France and penned the two-volume Democracy in America.
Around 1600, the Elizabethan Poor Law came into effect and lasted more than two centuries.
Ultimately, workhouses would provide shelter to more than one hundred thousand paupers.
The theory was that life in the workhouse had to be worse than life outside the workhouse, otherwise it would be overrun with the poor.
According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million 501(c) charitable organizations exist in the United States.
That number is 30 percent higher than it was only ten years ago.
I take no side other than to be against hunger.
The subtle interplay of everything involved in nutrition is vastly more complex than our minds are able to handle.
We already produce more than enough food to feed the planet.
Start with India, which has more chronically hungry people than any other country.
They export US$13 billion more food than they import.
In fact, China produces more food than any other country in the world, triple the amount the United States produces.
More than half the hungry people in the world live in just these three nations—nations that are all net food exporters.
Well, in the developed world, the percent of people needed to farm fell from more than 90 percent to today's 4 percent.
And he even projects that if farmers followed his plan, it is quite conceivable that in 2050 there will be nine billion people feeding more comfortably than today off a smaller acreage of cropland, releasing large tracts of land for nature reserves.
Just half a century ago, Americans on average spent more than 20 percent of their income on food.
This is less than one-half of 1 percent of world GNP.
After all, China grows more than three times the amount of food we do in the United States, with less land under cultivation.
In the first ten years of attempting to make better hybrids, Borlaug's group made more than six thousand crossings of wheat.
Operating at basically 5 percent efficiency, they are less than half as efficient as solar panels now on the market.
And solar cells presently being developed in laboratories are doing several times better than the plants.
And yet the future I envision is no more like what we have today than a state-of-the-art Volvo factory is like a nineteenth-century London sweatshop.
There were more people farming in the United States in 1820 than there are today.
Since one cannot have everything, seed makers invariably will make trade-offs that might be different than what I would make.
It affects more than one hundred million people in a hundred countries, kills more than a million people a year, and blinds another half million for good measure.
In any case, it seems better to me than irradiating corn, planting it, and hoping to hit a jackpot.
This fuel, he believes, will be vastly better than anything we currently produce.
Why don't we make seeds better than they are now?
Precision agriculture involves collecting massive amounts of data, more than any human can process, and applying various algorithms, self-teaching in nature, to achieve optimum outcomes.
To think of the right to life as somehow different than a right to food is hard for me.
During this three-year period, conveniently named by the Chinese "The Three Years of Natural Disasters," no one really knows how many people died; estimates range from fifteen million to a high of more than forty-five million.
And the great tragedy is: During these three years, China exported more than twelve million tons of grain along with a literal cornucopia of other agricultural products.
In this case, sooner is so much better than later.
I will spare my readers a description of this other than to say it is exactly what it sounds like.
By declaring a pretty broad range of things worth killing and dying for, we say that each of those is more precious to us than human life.
Their aim, he said, was nothing less than "the lifting, from the backs and from the hearts of men, of their burden of arms and of fears, so that they may find before them a golden age of freedom and of peace."
We know it is easier to destroy than to create.
Because it is cheaper to destroy than create, advances in technology increase our ability to destroy.
All this together means that our economic fates are more intertwined than ever.
We choose it much more often than we should.
This is starkly different than if violence breaks out in a distant, unreal place where the only flow of information is from official sources.
Thus one's Facebook friends may be more diverse in all sorts of ways than one's "actual" friends.
We tend to regard information that comes to us through our friend network as more authentic and reliable than information we receive from traditional media.
Fast-forward a couple of decades, and the Internet has done vastly more than O'Neill could have imagined to promote open information about government.
Secrecy, while occasionally necessary, is less desirable than openness.
Around the world, more than a billion mobile devices that both take and send photographs are currently in use, spread even to the poorest parts of the globe.
More people speak some English than any other language.
More people are learning English in China than there are people who speak it in the United States.
It is already the official language in more than fifty countries spread across every continent.
In 2000, Africa had fewer than five million Internet users.
Today, there are more than one hundred million.
In Central and South America in 2000 were eighteen million Internet users; today, more than two hundred million.
As of the end of 2012, the Internet has more than two billion users.
We are more than three-quarters of the way through our forty-three steps toward world peace.
Younger people have less wealth than older ones, on average.
Because young people generally understand and utilize technology better than older people, we will see a shift in power and influence toward the young.
Young people, who would be expected to do the dying if another war came, are generally more determined to keep the peace than their elders.
According to Pew Research Center data reported in USA Today in 2011, Marriages between spouses of different races and ethnicities are more common than ever before ...
This is a force for peace, as more and more people have family members in more than one culture and share the interests of more than one nationality.
According to Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, The United States continues to host more international students than any other country in the world.
In 2011, more than one hundred million Americans had passports.
In addition, more than one billion of the world's seven billion people visited a country other than their own in 2011.
More than 70 percent of the British have passports, as do 50 percent of Canadians and 25 percent of Japanese.
In this way, you are processing aurally, which is much slower but more focused than silent reading.
In one case, the technology, writing, probably resulted in our memories getting worse, but we gained much more than we lost.
We would then work feverishly on them for months before selling them for slightly less than we had paid.
The problem for us was always that it is easier to get a car running than it is to fix the brakes.
Through all of this, we can end war by making it a worse choice than the status quo for everyone. 3.
Other than cataclysm, asymmetrical attack, or government gone wild, we have little to worry about.
If we have the will and if we do the work, we can make the world greater than we have ever imagined.
At the time in history when our future has never looked brighter, it is baffling that some people are more pessimistic than ever.
Belle, our dog, my other companion, was old and lazy and liked to sleep by the open fire rather than to romp with me.
Curiously enough, the absence of eyes struck me more than all the other defects put together.
Miss Sullivan and I kept up a game of guessing which taught me more about the use of language than any set lessons could have done.
I knew the gifts I already had were not those of which friends had thrown out such tantalizing hints, and my teacher said the presents I was to have would be even nicer than these.
I was more interested, I think, in the great rock on which the Pilgrims landed than in anything else in Plymouth.
We would have taken any way rather than this; but it was late and growing dark, and the trestle was a short cut home.
"My little sister will understand me now," was a thought stronger than all obstacles.
It astonished me to find how much easier it is to talk than to spell with the fingers, and I discarded the manual alphabet as a medium of communication on my part; but Miss Sullivan and a few friends still use it in speaking to me, for it is more convenient and more rapid than lip-reading.
I do not feel each letter any more than you see each letter separately when you read.
The mere spelling is, of course, no more a conscious act than it is in writing.
No child ever drank deeper of the cup of bitterness than I did.
It seems to me that the great difficulty of writing is to make the language of the educated mind express our confused ideas, half feelings, half thoughts, when we are little more than bundles of instinctive tendencies.
I cannot fathom or define their meaning any more than I can fathom or define love or religion or goodness.
From these relics I learned more about the progress of man than I have heard or read since.
Indeed, I think I made more progress in German than in any of my other studies.
I could not read her lips easily; so my progress was much slower than in German.
When I was not guessing, I was jumping at conclusions, and this fault, in addition to my dullness, aggravated my difficulties more than was right or necessary.
No one realized more fully than dear Frau Grote how slow and inadequate her spelling was.
Burke's speech was more instructive than any other book on a political subject that I had ever read.
If I passed with higher credit in the preliminaries than in the finals, there are two reasons.
I found it much easier and pleasanter to be taught by myself than to receive instruction in class.
My tutor had plenty of time to explain what I did not understand, so I got on faster and did better work than I ever did in school.
I still found more difficulty in mastering problems in mathematics than I did in any other of my studies.
Consequently, I need more time to prepare my lessons than other girls.
Many scholars forget, it seems to me, that our enjoyment of the great works of literature depends more upon the depth of our sympathy than upon our understanding.
Indeed, books have meant so much more in my education than in that of others, that I shall go back to the time when I began to read.
Then she told me that she had a beautiful story about a little boy which she was sure I should like better than "The Scarlet Letter."
Great poetry, whether written in Greek or in English, needs no other interpreter than a responsive heart.
Could there be anything more dramatic than the scene in which Esther stands before her wicked lord?
More than once in the course of my story I have referred to my love of the country and out-of-door sports.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to take my friends out rowing when they visit me.
I had another tree friend, gentle and more approachable than the great oak--a linden that grew in the dooryard at Red Farm.
The chessmen are of two sizes, the white larger than the black, so that I have no trouble in following my opponent's maneuvers by moving my hands lightly over the board after a play.
I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen.
Another pleasure, which comes more rarely than the others, is going to the theatre.
I enjoy having a play described to me while it is being acted on the stage far more than reading it, because then it seems as if I were living in the midst of stirring events.
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.
Since Bishop Brooks died I have read the Bible through; also some philosophical works on religion, among them Swedenborg's "Heaven and Hell" and Drummond's "Ascent of Man," and I have found no creed or system more soul-satisfying than Bishop Brooks's creed of love.
Only once afterward in fifteen years was their constant companionship broken for more than a few days at a time.
I send you five thousand kisses, and more love than I can tell.
Mildred has grown much taller and stronger than she was when I went to Boston, and she is the sweetest and dearest little child in the world.
And He is happier than any of us because He is greater than any of us, and also because He not merely SEES your happiness as we do, but He also MADE it.
And Jesus, who is His Son, but is nearer to Him than all of us His other Children, came into the world on purpose to tell us all about our Father's Love.
It does great credit, not only to you, but to your instructors, who have so broken down the walls that seemed to shut you in that now your outlook seems more bright and cheerful than that of many seeing and hearing children.
We found the boat and the transfer carriage with much less difficulty than teacher expected.
He loves to climb much better than to spell, but that is because he does not know yet what a wonderful thing language is.
The contributions amounted to more than sixteen hundred dollars.
He loves to climb the bed-posts and unscrew the steam valves much better than to spell, but that is because he does not understand that words would help him to make new and interesting discoveries.
The tea brought more than two thousand dollars for the blind children.
Need I tell you that I was more than delighted to hear that you are really interested in the "tea"?
We thought everything was arranged: but we found Monday that Mrs. Elliott would not be willing to let us invite more than fifty people, because Mrs. Howe's house is quite small.
In a prefatory note which Miss Sullivan wrote for St. Nicholas, she says that people frequently said to her, "Helen sees more with her fingers than we do with our eyes."
I believe they gave me more pleasure than anything else at the Fair: they were so lifelike and wonderful to my touch.
Once, while we were out on the water, the sun went down over the rim of the earth, and threw a soft, rosy light over the White City, making it look more than ever like Dreamland....
We enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the hills more than ever.
I did not like to trouble them while I was trying to get money for poor little Tommy, for of course it was more important that he should be educated than that my people should have books to read. 4.
I enjoy my singing lessons with Dr. Humason more than I can say.
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!
But it is harder for Teacher than it is for me because the strain on her poor eyes is so great, and I cannot help worrying about them.
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.
Indeed, I feel that the success is hers more than mine; for she is my constant inspiration....
I find I get on faster, and do better work with Mr. Keith than I did in the classes at the Cambridge School, and I think it was well that I gave up that kind of work.
Besides, I have been told that "sociables" cost more than other kinds of bicycles.
I ride with a divided skirt, and so does my teacher; but it would be easier for her to mount a man's wheel than for me; so, if it could be arranged to have the ladies' seat behind, I think it would be better....
Next to my own dear teacher, he has done more than any one else to enrich and broaden my mind.
Why, only a little while ago people thought it quite impossible to teach the deaf-blind anything; but no sooner was it proved possible than hundreds of kind, sympathetic hearts were fired with the desire to help them, and now we see how many of those poor, unfortunate persons are being taught to see the beauty and reality of life.
As to the two-handed alphabet, I think it is much easier for those who have sight than the manual alphabet; for most of the letters look like the large capitals in books; but I think when it comes to teaching a deaf-blind person to spell, the manual alphabet is much more convenient, and less conspicuous....
I really believe he knows more Latin and Greek Grammar than Cicero or Homer ever dreamed of!
Thus far my summer has been sweeter than anything I can remember.
She said she did not consider a degree of any real value, but thought it was much more desirable to do something original than to waste one's energies only for a degree.
I love him more than ever.
TO MR. JOHN HITZ 138 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Feb. 3, 1900. ...My studies are more interesting than ever.
They were very kind; but I could not help feeling that they spoke more from a business than a humanitarian point of view.
We clapped our hands and shouted;--went away beaming with pleasure, and Teacher and I felt more light of heart than we had for sometime.
I'm enjoying my work even more than I expected to, which is another way of saying that I'm glad I came.
TO MR. WILLIAM WADE Cambridge, February 2, 1901. ...By the way, have you any specimens of English braille especially printed for those who have lost their sight late in life or have fingers hardened by long toil, so that their touch is less sensitive than that of other blind people?
She is less able to recall events of fifteen years ago than most of us are to recollect our childhood.
As a matter of fact, most of the advice she has received and heeded has led to excisions rather than to additions.
The admiration with which the world has regarded her is more than justified by what she has done.
She seems to be more nervous than she really is, because she expresses more with her hands than do most English-speaking people.
True, her view of life is highly coloured and full of poetic exaggeration; the universe, as she sees it, is no doubt a little better than it really is.
She was slower than he expected her to be in identifying them by their relative weight and size.
Anything shallower than a half-inch bas-relief is a blank to her, so far as it expresses an idea of beauty.
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.
Although she has used the typewriter since she was eleven years old, she is rather careful than rapid.
Miss Keller does not as a rule read very fast, but she reads deliberately, not so much because she feels the words less quickly than we see then, as because it is one of her habits of mind to do things thoroughly and well.
She is no more mysterious and complex than any other person.
Though there is less than half an inch between the points--a space which represents sixty minutes--Miss Keller tells the time almost exactly.
Now that she has grown up, nobody thinks of being less frank with her than with any other intelligent young woman.
Of the real world she knows more of the good and less of the evil than most people seem to know.
Miss Sullivan knew at the beginning that Helen Keller would be more interesting and successful than Laura Bridgman, and she expresses in one of her letters the need of keeping notes.
As Mr. Anagnos was the head of a great institution, what he said had much more effect than the facts in Miss Sullivan's account on which he based his statements.
Although Miss Sullivan is still rather amused than distressed when some one, even one of her friends, makes mistakes in published articles about her and Miss Keller, still she sees that Miss Keller's book should include all the information that the teacher could at present furnish.
I was surprised to find Mrs. Keller a very young-looking woman, not much older than myself, I should think.
One eye is larger than the other, and protrudes noticeably.
She played with her dolls more than usual, and would have nothing to do with me.
I gave her a larger piece than usual, and she chuckled and patted herself.
I'd rather break stones on the king's highway than hem a handkerchief.
Mrs. Keller wanted to get a nurse for her, but I concluded I'd rather be her nurse than look after a stupid, lazy negress.
In a previous letter I think I wrote you that "mug" and "milk" had given Helen more trouble than all the rest.
Helen knows the meaning of more than a hundred words now, and learns new ones daily without the slightest suspicion that she is performing a most difficult feat.
Again, when I hid the spool, she looked for it in a little box not more than an inch long; and she very soon gave up the search.
She noticed that one of the puppies was much smaller than the others, and she spelled "small," making the sign at the same time, and I said "very small."
Unlike Laura Bridgman, she is fond of gentlemen, and we notice that she makes friends with a gentleman sooner than with a lady.
Even then it looked more like a mechanical toy than a living creature.
Her mind isn't more logical than the minds of ordinary children.
Indeed, she remembers HELIOTROPE and CHRYSANTHEMUM more readily than she does shorter names.
One little girl had fewer presents than the rest, and Helen insisted on sharing her gifts with her.
But his silence was more eloquent than words.
Everybody laughed at her antics, and you would have thought they were leaving a place of amusement rather than a church.
Finally she got up from the table and went through the motion of picking seaweed and shells, and splashing in the water, holding up her skirts higher than was proper under the circumstances.
Her motions are often more expressive than any words, and she is as graceful as a nymph.
These children were older in years, it is true, than the baby who lisps, "Papa kiss baby--pretty," and fills out her meaning by pointing to her new dress; but their ability to understand and use language was no greater.
She is very fond of children younger than herself, and a baby invariably calls forth all the motherly instincts of her nature.
The intellectual improvement which Helen has made in the past two years is shown more clearly in her greater command of language and in her ability to recognize nicer shades of meaning in the use of words, than in any other branch of her education.
One day as we left the library I noticed that she appeared more serious than usual, and I asked the cause.
Indeed, many of her eager questions would have puzzled a far wiser person than I am.
It was more than a year before she alluded to the subject again, and when she did return to it, her questions were numerous and persistent.
When her friend added that some of the pupils he had seen in Budapest had more than one hundred tunes in their heads, she said, laughing, "I think their heads must be very noisy."
Helen acquired language by practice and habit rather than by study of rules and definitions.
They require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
Helen has the vitality of feeling, the freshness and eagerness of interest, and the spiritual insight of the artistic temperament, and naturally she has a more active and intense joy in life, simply as life, and in nature, books, and people than less gifted mortals.
Miss Keller's education, however, is so fundamentally a question of language teaching that it rather includes the problems of the deaf than limits itself to the deaf alone.
She got the language from the language itself, and this is, next to hearing the language spoken, the way for any one to get a foreign tongue, more vital and, in the end, easier than our schoolroom method of beginning with the grammar.
When Miss Sullivan went out in the barnyard and picked up a little chicken and talked to Helen about it, she was giving a kind of instruction impossible inside four walls, and impossible with more than one pupil at a time.
Miss Keller's later education is easy to understand and needs no further explanation than she has given.
I am told that Miss Keller speaks better than most other deaf people.
Her pronunciation of this gradually became indistinct, and when I first knew her it was nothing more than a peculiar noise.
The ability to read the lips helps Miss Keller in getting corrections of her pronunciation from Miss Sullivan and others, just as it was the means of her learning to speak at all, but it is rather an accomplishment than a necessity.
But she knows better than any one else what value speech has had for her.
The last made me realize the great disappointment to the dear child more than before.
Nothing could be more beautiful than the architecture of this ice-palace.
The fairies promised obedience, and were off in a twinkling, dragging the heavy jars and vases along after them as well as they could, now and then grumbling a little at having such a hard task, for they were idle fairies and loved to play better than to work.
The style of her version is in some respects even better than the style of Miss Canby's story.
Words often make the thought, and the master of words will say things greater than are in him.
So the master of words is master of thoughts which the words create, and says things greater than he could otherwise know.
Helen Keller writing "The Frost King" was building better than she knew and saying more than she meant.
Writing for other people, she should in many cases be true to outer fact rather than to her own experience.
They are regarded generally as far more appropriate in books and in public discourses than in the parlor or at the table.
Now I understand that the darkness everywhere may hold possibilities better even than my hopes.
More even than this, in your wickedness you destroy the peaceful homes of your clients!
They are no better than wooden horses to hang the clean clothes on.
It would be easier for them to hobble to town with a broken leg than with a broken pantaloon.
He was only a little more weather-beaten than when I saw him last.
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.
At last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think.
In the savage state every family owns a shelter as good as the best, and sufficient for its coarser and simpler wants; but I think that I speak within bounds when I say that, though the birds of the air have their nests, and the foxes their holes, and the savages their wigwams, in modern civilized society not more than one half the families own a shelter.
But this puts an infinitely worse face on the matter, and suggests, beside, that probably not even the other three succeed in saving their souls, but are perchance bankrupt in a worse sense than they who fail honestly.
And if the civilized man's pursuits are no worthier than the savage's, if he is employed the greater part of his life in obtaining gross necessaries and comforts merely, why should he have a better dwelling than the former?
Or what if I were to allow--would it not be a singular allowance?--that our furniture should be more complex than the Arab's, in proportion as we are morally and intellectually his superiors!
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart, with a free circulation, than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way.
In such a neighborhood as this, boards and shingles, lime and bricks, are cheaper and more easily obtained than suitable caves, or whole logs, or bark in sufficient quantities, or even well-tempered clay or flat stones.
With a little more wit we might use these materials so as to become richer than the richest now are, and make our civilization a blessing.
The owner of the axe, as he released his hold on it, said that it was the apple of his eye; but I returned it sharper than I received it.
Before I had done I was more the friend than the foe of the pine tree, though I had cut down some of them, having become better acquainted with it.
At length, in the beginning of May, with the help of some of my acquaintances, rather to improve so good an occasion for neighborliness than from any necessity, I set up the frame of my house.
No man was ever more honored in the character of his raisers than I. They are destined, I trust, to assist at the raising of loftier structures one day.
All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.
But a man has no more to do with the style of architecture of his house than a tortoise with that of its shell: nor need the soldier be so idle as to try to paint the precise color of his virtue on his standard.
This man seemed to me to lean over the cornice, and timidly whisper his half truth to the rude occupants who really knew it better than he.
If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself; and my shortcomings and inconsistencies do not affect the truth of my statement.
I think that it would be better than this, for the students, or those who desire to be benefited by it, even to lay the foundation themselves.
How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
This never costs anything to speak of, unless you plant more than enough.
I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
How much more admirable the Bhagvat-Geeta than all the ruins of the East!
One piece of good sense would be more memorable than a monument as high as the moon.
It costs more than it comes to.
Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.
The moon will not sour milk nor taint meat of mine, nor will the sun injure my furniture or fade my carpet; and if he is sometimes too warm a friend, I find it still better economy to retreat behind some curtain which nature has provided, than to add a single item to the details of housekeeping.
For more than five years I maintained myself thus solely by the labor of my hands, and I found that, by working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living.
It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow, unless he sweats easier than I do.
Undoubtedly, in this case, what is true for one is truer still for a thousand, as a large house is not proportionally more expensive than a small one, since one roof may cover, one cellar underlie, and one wall separate several apartments.
The kind uncles and aunts of the race are more esteemed than its true spiritual fathers and mothers.
I never dreamed of any enormity greater than I have committed.
I never knew, and never shall know, a worse man than myself.
The very dew seemed to hang upon the trees later into the day than usual, as on the sides of mountains.
A lake like this is never smoother than at such a time; and the clear portion of the air above it being, shallow and darkened by clouds, the water, full of light and reflections, becomes a lower heaven itself so much the more important.
What should we think of the shepherd's life if his flocks always wandered to higher pastures than his thoughts?
An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest.
To speak critically, I never received more than one or two letters in my life--I wrote this some years ago--that were worth the postage.
Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure.
I do not wish to be any more busy with my hands than is necessary.
To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem.
It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art.
Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.
This sort of gingerbread is baked daily and more sedulously than pure wheat or rye-and-Indian in almost every oven, and finds a surer market.
We spend more on almost any article of bodily aliment or ailment than on our mental aliment.
The one hundred and twenty-five dollars annually subscribed for a Lyceum in the winter is better spent than any other equal sum raised in the town.
Nay, I often did better than this.
I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been.
It was worth the while to see the sun shine on these things, and hear the free wind blow on them; so much more interesting most familiar objects look out of doors than in the house.
Do they not talk and think faster in the depot than they did in the stage-office?
I see these men every day go about their business with more or less courage and content, doing more even than they suspect, and perchance better employed than they could have consciously devised.
This carload of torn sails is more legible and interesting now than if they should be wrought into paper and printed books.
He is more indigenous even than the natives.
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.
I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs so loud, or than Walden Pond itself.
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.
They had nothing to eat themselves, and they were wiser than to think that apologies could supply the place of food to their guests; so they drew their belts tighter and said nothing about it.
I had more visitors while I lived in the woods than at any other period in my life; I mean that I had some.
He was so genuine and unsophisticated that no introduction would serve to introduce him, more than if you introduced a woodchuck to your neighbor.
He had soaked hemlock leaves in water and drank it, and thought that was better than water in warm weather.
He could defend many institutions better than any philosopher, because, in describing them as they concerned him, he gave the true reason for their prevalence, and speculation had not suggested to him any other.
Indeed, I found some of them to be wiser than the so-called overseers of the poor and selectmen of the town, and thought it was time that the tables were turned.
It seemed that from such a basis of truth and frankness as the poor weak-headed pauper had laid, our intercourse might go forward to something better than the intercourse of sages.
I had more cheering visitors than the last.
I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted.
It was the only open and cultivated field for a great distance on either side of the road, so they made the most of it; and sometimes the man in the field heard more of travellers' gossip and comment than was meant for his ear: "Beans so late! peas so late!"--for I continued to plant when others had begun to hoe--the ministerial husbandman had not suspected it.
But why should not the New Englander try new adventures, and not lay so much stress on his grain, his potato and grass crop, and his orchards--raise other crops than these?
We should really be fed and cheered if when we met a man we were sure to see that some of the qualities which I have named, which we all prize more than those other productions, but which are for the most part broadcast and floating in the air, had taken root and grown in him.
It is darker in the woods, even in common nights, than most suppose.
These take place only in communities where some have got more than is sufficient while others have not enough.
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.
In the winter, all water which is exposed to the air is colder than springs and wells which are protected from it.
These are all very firm fish, and weigh more than their size promises.
You may see from a boat, in calm weather, near the sandy eastern shore, where the water is eight or ten feet deep, and also in some other parts of the pond, some circular heaps half a dozen feet in diameter by a foot in height, consisting of small stones less than a hen's egg in size, where all around is bare sand.
At length the wind rose, the mist increased, and the waves began to run, and the perch leaped much higher than before, half out of water, a hundred black points, three inches long, at once above the surface.
How much more beautiful than our lives, how much more transparent than our characters, are they!
How much fairer than the pool before the farmer's door, in which his ducks swim!
There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.
Men come tamely home at night only from the next field or street, where their household echoes haunt, and their life pines because it breathes its own breath over again; their shadows, morning and evening, reach farther than their daily steps.
I love the wild not less than the good.
Almost every New England boy among my contemporaries shouldered a fowling-piece between the ages of ten and fourteen; and his hunting and fishing grounds were not limited, like the preserves of an English nobleman, but were more boundless even than those of a savage.
Not that I am less humane than others, but I did not perceive that my feelings were much affected.
It was insignificant and unnecessary, and cost more than it came to.
This creature succeeded by other means than temperance and purity.
What avails it that you are Christian, if you are not purer than the heathen, if you deny yourself no more, if you are not more religious?
It was no more than the scurf of his skin, which was constantly shuffled off.
Those same stars twinkle over other fields than these.--But how to come out of this condition and actually migrate thither?
They are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and precocious even than chickens.
They fought with more pertinacity than bulldogs.
But I was more than a match for him on the surface.
I pursued with a paddle and he dived, but when he came up I was nearer than before.
He dived again, but I miscalculated the direction he would take, and we were fifty rods apart when he came to the surface this time, for I had helped to widen the interval; and again he laughed long and loud, and with more reason than before.
But after an hour he seemed as fresh as ever, dived as willingly, and swam yet farther than at first.
In October I went a-graping to the river meadows, and loaded myself with clusters more precious for their beauty and fragrance than for food.
It has a sweetish taste, much like that of a frost-bitten potato, and I found it better boiled than roasted.
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.
My bricks, being second-hand ones, required to be cleaned with a trowel, so that I learned more than usual of the qualities of bricks and trowels.
These forms are more agreeable to the fancy and imagination than fresco paintings or other the most expensive furniture.
Michaux, more than thirty years ago, says that the price of wood for fuel in New York and Philadelphia "nearly equals, and sometimes exceeds, that of the best wood in Paris, though this immense capital annually requires more than three hundred thousand cords, and is surrounded to the distance of three hundred miles by cultivated plains."
In this town the price of wood rises almost steadily, and the only question is, how much higher it is to be this year than it was the last.
Hard green wood just cut, though I used but little of that, answered my purpose better than any other.
Though mainly but a humble route to neighboring villages, or for the woodman's team, it once amused the traveller more than now by its variety, and lingered longer in his memory.
Farther in the woods than any of these, where the road approaches nearest to the pond, Wyman the potter squatted, and furnished his townsmen with earthenware, and left descendants to succeed him.
He was a man of manners, like one who had seen the world, and was capable of more civil speech than you could well attend to.
His words and attitude always suppose a better state of things than other men are acquainted with, and he will be the last man to be disappointed as the ages revolve.
I remember well one gaunt Nimrod who would catch up a leaf by the roadside and play a strain on it wilder and more melodious, if my memory serves me, than any hunting-horn.
If the forest is cut off, the sprouts and bushes which spring up afford them concealment, and they become more numerous than ever.
Early in the morning, while all things are crisp with frost, men come with fishing-reels and slender lunch, and let down their fine lines through the snowy field to take pickerel and perch; wild men, who instinctively follow other fashions and trust other authorities than their townsmen, and by their goings and comings stitch towns together in parts where else they would be ripped.
They never consulted with books, and know and can tell much less than they have done.
They are not like cups between the hills; for this one, which is so unusually deep for its area, appears in a vertical section through its centre not deeper than a shallow plate.
The amount of it is, the imagination give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes.
As I sounded through the ice I could determine the shape of the bottom with greater accuracy than is possible in surveying harbors which do not freeze over, and I was surprised at its general regularity.
In the deepest part there are several acres more level than almost any field which is exposed to the sun, wind, and plow.
It commonly opens about the first of April, a week or ten days later than Flint's Pond and Fair Haven, beginning to melt on the north side and in the shallower parts where it began to freeze.
It indicates better than any water hereabouts the absolute progress of the season, being least affected by transient changes of temperature.
This difference of three and a half degrees between the temperature of the deep water and the shallow in the latter pond, and the fact that a great proportion of it is comparatively shallow, show why it should break up so much sooner than Walden.
The ice in the shallowest part was at this time several inches thinner than in the middle.
So, also, every one who has waded about the shores of the pond in summer must have perceived how much warmer the water is close to the shore, where only three or four inches deep, than a little distance out, and on the surface where it is deep, than near the bottom.
Every morning, generally speaking, the shallow water is being warmed more rapidly than the deep, though it may not be made so warm after all, and every evening it is being cooled more rapidly until the morning.
It is an antique style, older than Greek or Egyptian.
The year beginning with younger hope than ever!
For a week I heard the circling, groping clangor of some solitary goose in the foggy mornings, seeking its companion, and still peopling the woods with the sound of a larger life than they could sustain.
The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern bayou.
The universe is wider than our views of it.
"They pretend," as I hear, "that the verses of Kabir have four different senses; illusion, spirit, intellect, and the exoteric doctrine of the Vedas"; but in this part of the world it is considered a ground for complaint if a man's writings admit of more than one interpretation.
I do not suppose that I have attained to obscurity, but I should be proud if no more fatal fault were found with my pages on this score than was found with the Walden ice.
A living dog is better than a dead lion.
The material was pure, and his art was pure; how could the result be other than wonderful?
Any truth is better than make-believe.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands; even this may be the eventful year, which will drown out all our muskrats.
Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt.
We are accustomed to say, that the mass of men are unprepared; but improvement is slow, because the few are not materially wiser or better than the many.
They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil.
But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil.
Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?
It costs me less in every sense to incur the penalty of disobedience to the State than it would to obey.
They only can force me who obey a higher law than I. They force me to become like themselves.
I do not wish to split hairs, to make fine distinctions, or set myself up as better than my neighbors.
One man, older than the others present, suddenly pushed forward with a scared and angry look and wanted to seize hold of Dolokhov's shirt.
The only young people remaining in the drawing room, not counting the young lady visitor and the countess' eldest daughter (who was four years older than her sister and behaved already like a grown-up person), were Nicholas and Sonya, the niece.
And yet really the anxiety is greater now than the joy.
Hardly had Boris gone than Sonya, flushed, in tears, and muttering angrily, came in at the other door.
Suddenly she jumped up onto a tub to be higher than he, embraced him so that both her slender bare arms clasped him above his neck, and, tossing back her hair, kissed him full on the lips.
She seemed that day to be more than ever kind and affectionate to everyone.
"We here in Moscow are more occupied with dinner parties and scandal than with politics," said he in his quiet ironical tone.
For a long time Pierre could not understand, but when he did, he jumped up from the sofa, seized Boris under the elbow in his quick, clumsy way, and, blushing far more than Boris, began to speak with a feeling of mingled shame and vexation.
No, Peter Nikolaevich; I only want to show that in the cavalry the advantages are far less than in the infantry.
The countess in turn, without omitting her duties as hostess, threw significant glances from behind the pineapples at her husband whose face and bald head seemed by their redness to contrast more than usual with his gray hair.
And again she began to sob, more bitterly than before.
The princess smiled as people do who think they know more about the subject under discussion than those they are talking with.
"Do you or do you not know where that will is?" insisted Prince Vasili, his cheeks twitching more than ever.
"Ah, my friend!" she said, touching his arm as she had done her son's when speaking to him that afternoon, "believe me I suffer no less than you do, but be a man!"
Anna Mikhaylovna evinced no surprise, she only smiled faintly and sighed, as if to say that this was no more than she had expected.
With the air of a practical Petersburg lady she now, keeping Pierre close beside her, entered the room even more boldly than that afternoon.
As soon as Anna Mikhaylovna had disappeared he noticed that the eyes of all in the room turned to him with something more than curiosity and sympathy.
He seemed to have grown thinner since the morning; his eyes seemed larger than usual when he glanced round and noticed Pierre.
Pierre paid no more attention to this occurrence than to the rest of what went on, having made up his mind once for all that what he saw happening around him that evening was in some way essential.
If I were asked what I desire most on earth, it would be to be poorer than the poorest beggar.
Napoleon has also formed his plan by now, not worse than this one.
The prince, who generally kept very strictly to social distinctions and rarely admitted even important government officials to his table, had unexpectedly selected Michael Ivanovich (who always went into a corner to blow his nose on his checked handkerchief) to illustrate the theory that all men are equals, and had more than once impressed on his daughter that Michael Ivanovich was "not a whit worse than you or I."
At dinner the prince usually spoke to the taciturn Michael Ivanovich more often than to anyone else.
"You are good in every way, Andrew, but you have a kind of intellectual pride," said the princess, following the train of her own thoughts rather than the trend of the conversation--"and that's a great sin.
Though the words of the order were not clear to the regimental commander, and the question arose whether the troops were to be in marching order or not, it was decided at a consultation between the battalion commanders to present the regiment in parade order, on the principle that it is always better to "bow too low than not bow low enough."
More than half the men's boots were in holes.
The commander of the regiment was an elderly, choleric, stout, and thick-set general with grizzled eyebrows and whiskers, and wider from chest to back than across the shoulders.
No, friend, he is sharper-eyed than you are.
Perched up there, you're more like a bird than a man.
The black, hairy, snub-nosed face of Vaska Denisov, and his whole short sturdy figure with the sinewy hairy hand and stumpy fingers in which he held the hilt of his naked saber, looked just as it usually did, especially toward evening when he had emptied his second bottle; he was only redder than usual.
His face with its long mustache was serious as always, only his eyes were brighter than usual.
Despite his apparently delicate build Prince Andrew could endure physical fatigue far better than many very muscular men, and on the night of the battle, having arrived at Krems excited but not weary, with dispatches from Dokhturov to Kutuzov, he was sent immediately with a special dispatch to Brunn.
Despite his rapid journey and sleepless night, Prince Andrew when he drove up to the palace felt even more vigorous and alert than he had done the day before.
"Wait, I have not finished..." he said to Prince Andrew, seizing him by the arm, "I believe that intervention will be stronger than nonintervention.
Everybody laughed, and Hippolyte louder than anyone.
The sergeant, who was evidently wiser than his general, goes up to Auersperg and says: 'Prince, you are being deceived, here are the French!'
Well, if need be, I shall do it no worse than others.
He saw that his championship of the doctor's wife in her queer trap might expose him to what he dreaded more than anything in the world--to ridicule; but his instinct urged him on.
"Now what does this mean, gentlemen?" said the staff officer, in the reproachful tone of a man who has repeated the same thing more than once.
After passing a chasseur regiment and in the lines of the Kiev grenadiers--fine fellows busy with similar peaceful affairs--near the shelter of the regimental commander, higher than and different from the others, Prince Andrew came out in front of a platoon of grenadiers before whom lay a naked man.
The French line was wider than ours, and it was plain that they could easily outflank us on both sides.
But no sooner had he left Bagration than his courage failed him.
For more than ten seconds he stood not moving from the spot or realizing the situation.
In that world, the handsome drunkard Number One of the second gun's crew was "uncle"; Tushin looked at him more often than at anyone else and took delight in his every movement.
Amid the general rumble, the groans and voices of the wounded were more distinctly heard than any other sound in the darkness of the night.
The black canopy of night hung less than a yard above the glow of the charcoal.
Something always drew him toward those richer and more powerful than himself and he had rare skill in seizing the most opportune moment for making use of people.
"Well, and so he never got farther than: 'Sergey Kuzmich'?" asked one of the ladies.
She was now plain rather than pretty.
Mademoiselle Bourienne and the little princess had to own to themselves that Princess Mary in this guise looked very plain, worse than usual, but it was too late.
And scarcely had she put that question than God gave her the answer in her own heart.
I love you more than ever," said Princess Mary, "and I will try to do all I can for your happiness."
"Not more stupid than you, madam," said the nine-year-old Petya, with the air of an old brigadier.
About some Denisov or other, though he himself, I dare say, is braver than any of them.
For more than a week preparations were being made, rough drafts of letters to Nicholas from all the household were written and copied out, while under the supervision of the countess and the solicitude of the count, money and all things necessary for the uniform and equipment of the newly commissioned officer were collected.
All were then more confident of victory than the winning of two battles would have made them.
More than ever was Boris resolved to serve in future not according to the written code, but under this unwritten law.
My brother knows him, he's dined with him--the present Emperor--more than once in Paris, and tells me he never met a more cunning or subtle diplomatist--you know, a combination of French adroitness and Italian play-acting!
Casually, while surveying the squadron, the Emperor's eyes met Rostov's and rested on them for not more than two seconds.
Can't you do it more gently? said the Emperor apparently suffering more than the dying soldier, and he rode away.
The campfires crackled and the soldiers' songs resounded even more merrily than on the previous night.
Believe me in war the energy of young men often shows the way better than all the experience of old Cunctators.
If at first the members of the council thought that Kutuzov was pretending to sleep, the sounds his nose emitted during the reading that followed proved that the commander-in-chief at that moment was absorbed by a far more serious matter than a desire to show his contempt for the dispositions or anything else--he was engaged in satisfying the irresistible human need for sleep.
When the reading which lasted more than an hour was over, Langeron again brought his snuffbox to rest and, without looking at Weyrother or at anyone in particular, began to say how difficult it was to carry out such a plan in which the enemy's position was assumed to be known, whereas it was perhaps not known, since the enemy was in movement.
But Miloradovich was at that moment evidently thinking of anything rather than of what the generals were disputing about.
Hardly had Prince Andrew started than he stopped him.
Having by a great effort got away to the left from that flood of men, Kutuzov, with his suite diminished by more than half, rode toward a sound of artillery fire near by.
Bagration knew that as the distance between the two flanks was more than six miles, even if the messenger were not killed (which he very likely would be), and found the commander-in-chief (which would be very difficult), he would not be able to get back before evening.
Better die a thousand times than risk receiving an unkind look or bad opinion from him, Rostov decided; and sorrowfully and with a heart full despair he rode away, continually looking back at the Tsar, who still remained in the same attitude of indecision.
Toward morning all these dreams melted and merged into the chaos and darkness of unconciousness and oblivion which in the opinion of Napoleon's doctor, Larrey, was much more likely to end in death than in convalescence.
"Really, Papa, I believe Prince Bagration worried himself less before the battle of Schon Grabern than you do now," said his son with a smile.
All Moscow repeated Prince Dolgorukov's saying: "If you go on modeling and modeling you must get smeared with clay," suggesting consolation for our defeat by the memory of former victories; and the words of Rostopchin, that French soldiers have to be incited to battle by highfalutin words, and Germans by logical arguments to show them that it is more dangerous to run away than to advance, but that Russian soldiers only need to be restrained and held back!
Everyone rose, feeling that dinner was more important than verses, and Bagration, again preceding all the rest, went in to dinner.
You know, Count, it is much more honorable to admit one's mistake than to let matters become irreparable.
Helene raised her voice and became more and more excited, "A man who's a better man than you in every way..."
In the autumn of 1806 everybody had again begun talking of the war with Napoleon with even greater warmth than the year before.
I love you, and I think I love you more than anyone else....
Nicholas had replied that it would be more than enough for him and that he gave his word of honor not to take anything more till the spring.
He had lost more than he could pay.
But no sooner had Natasha finished her barcarolle than reality again presented itself.
Sonya was more tender and devoted to him than ever.
And thou art more foolish and unreasonable than a little child, who, playing with the parts of a skillfully made watch, dares to say that, as he does not understand its use, he does not believe in the master who made it.
To Pierre's inquiries as to what he must do and how he should answer, Willarski only replied that brothers more worthy than he would test him and that Pierre had only to tell the truth.
Hoping to enter on an entirely new life quite unlike the old one, he expected everything to be unusual, even more unusual than what he was seeing.
"I must also inform you," said the Rhetor, "that our Order delivers its teaching not in words only but also by other means, which may perhaps have a stronger effect on the sincere seeker after wisdom and virtue than mere words.
This chamber with what you see therein should already have suggested to your heart, if it is sincere, more than words could do.
"That passion which more than all others caused you to waver on the path of virtue," said the Mason.
Then the candles were relit and he was told that he would see the full light; the bandage was again removed and more than ten voices said together: "Sic transit gloria mundi."
And really, the feeling of devotion returned to him even more strongly than before.
Karl Ivanich always says that sleep is more important than anything, whispered Princess Mary with a sigh.
I shall await your most gracious permission here in hospital, that I may not have to play the part of a secretary rather than commander in the army.
At last he saw him: the rosy boy had tossed about till he lay across the bed with his head lower than the pillow, and was smacking his lips in his sleep and breathing evenly.
In the dim shadow of the curtain her luminous eyes shone more brightly than usual from the tears of joy that were in them.
Despite Count Bezukhov's enormous wealth, since he had come into an income which was said to amount to five hundred thousand rubles a year, Pierre felt himself far poorer than when his father had made him an allowance of ten thousand rubles.
The estates he had not before visited were each more picturesque than the other; the serfs everywhere seemed thriving and touchingly grateful for the benefits conferred on them.
Men always did and always will err, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.
Prince Andrew expressed his ideas so clearly and distinctly that it was evident he had reflected on this subject more than once, and he spoke readily and rapidly like a man who has not talked for a long time.
Rostov lived, as before, with Denisov, and since their furlough they had become more friendly than ever.
I am alone in charge of three hospitals with more than four hundred patients!
"Yes, your honor," the soldier replied complacently, and rolling his eyes more than ever he drew himself up still straighter, but did not move.
Rostov noticed by their faces that all those gentlemen had already heard that story more than once and were tired of it.
Who can be more just, more magnanimous than he?
I cannot, because the law is stronger than I, and he raised his foot to the stirrup.
Nowadays everybody designs laws, it is easier writing than doing.
This was Speranski, Secretary of State, reporter to the Emperor and his companion at Erfurt, where he had more than once met and talked with Napoleon.
"Si vous envisagez la question sous ce point de vue," * he began, pronouncing French with evident difficulty, and speaking even slower than in Russian but quite calmly.
Napoleon himself had noticed her in the theater and said of her: "C'est un superbe animal." * Her success as a beautiful and elegant woman did not surprise Pierre, for she had become even handsomer than before.
And I seemed to know that this maiden was nothing else than a representation of the Song of Songs.
When she heard of his arrival she almost ran into the drawing room, flushed and beaming with a more than cordial smile.
He did not stay more than ten minutes, then rose and took his leave.
This couch was high, with a feather bed and five pillows each smaller than the one below.
One person, better dressed than the rest, seemed to know everyone and mentioned by name the greatest dignitaries of the day.
"Oo-oo, my beauty!" exclaimed the count, "she looks better than any of you!"
More than half the ladies already had partners and were taking up, or preparing to take up, their positions for the polonaise.
She was wearing a dark-blue house dress in which Prince Andrew thought her even prettier than in her ball dress.
She was silent, and not only less pretty than at the ball, but only redeemed from plainness by her look of gentle indifference to everything around.
And I am sure there will not be a happier man than you.
He alone is now dearer to me than everything in the world.
My father then insisted on a delay of a year and now already six months, half of that period, have passed, and my resolution is firmer than ever.
She wept quietly, and felt that she was a sinner who loved her father and little nephew more than God.
Sonya was nearly twenty; she had stopped growing prettier and promised nothing more than she was already, but that was enough.
I know that no better man than he exists, and I am calm and contented now.
But what an account of everything might be Nicholas knew even less than the frightened and bewildered Mitenka.
I understand it all less than you do.
The hares had already half changed their summer coats, the fox cubs were beginning to scatter, and the young wolves were bigger than dogs.
Besides the family, there were eight borzoi kennelmen and more than forty borzois, so that, with the borzois on the leash belonging to members of the family, there were about a hundred and thirty dogs and twenty horsemen.
When they had gone a little less than a mile, five more riders with dogs appeared out of the mist, approaching the Rostovs.
His eyes were rather moist and glittered more than usual, and as he sat in his saddle, wrapped up in his fur coat, he looked like a child taken out for an outing.
But the wolf jumped up more quickly than anyone could have expected and, gnashing her teeth, flew at the yellowish borzoi, which, with a piercing yelp, fell with its head on the ground, bleeding from a gash in its side.
And Natasha felt that this costume, the very one she had regarded with surprise and amusement at Otradnoe, was just the right thing and not at all worse than a swallow-tail or frock coat.
Such were Dimmler the musician and his wife, Vogel the dancing master and his family, Belova, an old maiden lady, an inmate of the house, and many others such as Petya's tutors, the girls' former governess, and other people who simply found it preferable and more advantageous to live in the count's house than at home.
If I love Sonya, that feeling is for me stronger and higher than all else.
It was decided that the count must not go, but that if Louisa Ivanovna (Madame Schoss) would go with them, the young ladies might go to the Melyukovs', Sonya, generally so timid and shy, more urgently than anyone begging Louisa Ivanovna not to refuse.
And really, that evening, Sonya was brighter, more animated, and prettier than Nicholas had ever seen her before.
Outside, there was the same cold stillness and the same moon, but even brighter than before.
After Nicholas had gone things in the Rostov household were more depressing than ever, and the countess fell ill from mental agitation.
The count was more perturbed than ever by the condition of his affairs, which called for some decisive action.
The prince's house did not belong to what is known as fashionable society, but his little circle--though not much talked about in town-- was one it was more flattering to be received in than any other.
Princess Mary seemed even quieter and more diffident than usual.
Boris read 'Poor Liza' aloud to her, and more than once interrupted the reading because of the emotions that choked him.
Kuragin was much more sensible and simple with women than among men.
When she was not looking at him she felt that he was looking at her shoulders, and she involuntarily caught his eye so that he should look into hers rather than this.
Natasha did not understand what he was saying any more than he did himself, but she felt that his incomprehensible words had an improper intention.
He was instinctively and thoroughly convinced that it was impossible for him to live otherwise than as he did and that he had never in his life done anything base.
More than once he had vexed his father by spoiling his own career, and he laughed at distinctions of all kinds.
She suffered more now than during her first days in Moscow.
To the family Natasha seemed livelier than usual, but she was far less tranquil and happy than before.
Natasha, animated and excited, looked about her with wide-open frightened eyes and seemed merrier than usual.
At that party Natasha again met Anatole, and Sonya noticed that she spoke to him, trying not to be overheard, and that all through dinner she was more agitated than ever.
More than once when Anatole's regiment was stationed at Tver he had taken him from Tver in the evening, brought him to Moscow by daybreak, and driven him back again the next night.
More than once he had enabled Dolokhov to escape when pursued.
More than once he had driven them through the town with gypsies and "ladykins" as he called the cocottes.
He had ruined more than one horse in their service.
More than once they had beaten him, and more than once they had made him drunk on champagne and Madeira, which he loved; and he knew more than one thing about each of them which would long ago have sent an ordinary man to Siberia.
In their service he risked his skin and his life twenty times a year, and in their service had lost more horses than the money he had from them would buy.
He liked giving a painful lash on the neck to some peasant who, more dead than alive, was already hurrying out of his way.
Why, she'll rush out more dead than alive just in the things she is wearing; if you delay at all there'll be tears and 'Papa' and 'Mamma,' and she's frozen in a minute and must go back--but you wrap the fur cloak round her first thing and carry her to the sleigh.
"He is better than any of you!" exclaimed Natasha getting up.
Pierre without greeting his wife whom he had not seen since his return-- at that moment she was more repulsive to him than ever--entered the drawing room and seeing Anatole went up to him.
He seemed in better spirits than usual and awaited his son with great impatience.
I know his pride will not let him express his feelings, but still he has taken it better, far better, than I expected.
The old man seemed livelier than usual.
Without moving from where he stood he began speaking in a louder tone and more hurriedly than before.
During the speech that followed, Balashev, who more than once lowered his eyes, involuntarily noticed the quivering of Napoleon's left leg which increased the more Napoleon raised his voice.
"I desire peace, no less than the Emperor Alexander," he began.
Balashev noticed that his left leg was quivering faster than before and his face seemed petrified in its stern expression.
And receiving the reply that there were more than two hundred churches, he remarked:
Napoleon was in that well-known after-dinner mood which, more than any reasoned cause, makes a man contented with himself and disposed to consider everyone his friend.
Everyone was dissatisfied with the general course of affairs in the Russian army, but no one anticipated any danger of invasion of the Russian provinces, and no one thought the war would extend farther than the western, the Polish, provinces.
With Pfuel was Wolzogen, who expressed Pfuel's thoughts in a more comprehensible way than Pfuel himself (who was a harsh, bookish theorist, self-confident to the point of despising everyone else) was able to do.
There was about him something of Weyrother, Mack, and Schmidt, and many other German theorist-generals whom Prince Andrew had seen in 1805, but he was more typical than any of them.
Young Count Toll objected to the Swedish general's views more warmly than anyone else, and in the course of the dispute drew from his side pocket a well-filled notebook, which he asked permission to read to them.
Why, you yourselves know everything better than I do.
The sounds, which he had not heard for so long, had an even more pleasurable and exhilarating effect on Rostov than the previous sounds of firing.
"So others are even more afraid than I am!" he thought.
She said and felt at that time that no man was more to her than Nastasya Ivanovna, the buffoon.
It comforted her to reflect that she was not better as she had formerly imagined, but worse, much worse, than anybody else in the world.
She liked to be with him better than with the others, and when alone with him she sometimes laughed.
On the contrary it tormented her more than anything else of late, and particularly so on this bright, hot summer day in town.
He wrote the words L'Empereur Alexandre, La nation russe and added up their numbers, but the sums were either more or less than 666.
Fedya Obolenski is younger than I, and he's going too.
Natasha's unwontedly brilliant eyes, continually glancing at him with a more than cordial look, had reduced him to this condition.
He felt that his words, apart from what meaning they conveyed, were less audible than the sound of his opponent's voice.
Pierre, however, felt excited, and the general desire to show that they were ready to go to all lengths--which found expression in the tones and looks more than in the substance of the speeches--infected him too.
The whole consultation passed more than quietly.
Despite his seniority in rank Bagration, in this contest of magnanimity, took his orders from Barclay, but, having submitted, agreed with him less than ever.
And truly though the enemy was twice stronger than we, we were unshakable.
It was unsatisfactory everywhere, but the corner behind the piano in the sitting room was better than other places: he had never slept there yet.
Alpatych entered the innyard at a quicker pace than usual and went straight to the shed where his horses and trap were.
Heat and drought had continued for more than three weeks.
He is said to be more Napoleon's man than ours, and he is always advising the Minister.
Consider that on our retreat we have lost by fatigue and left in the hospital more than fifteen thousand men, and had we attacked this would not have happened.
How much more complex than this is the game of war, which occurs under certain limits of time, and where it is not one will that manipulates lifeless objects, but everything results from innumerable conflicts of various wills!
Several times she listened at the door, and it seemed to her that his mutterings were louder than usual and that they turned him over oftener.
"Always thoughts... about you... thoughts..." he then uttered much more clearly than he had done before, now that he was sure of being understood.
The peasants feared him more than they did their master.
On the rest of the way to Moscow, though the princess' position was not a cheerful one, Dunyasha, who went with her in the carriage, more than once noticed that her mistress leaned out of the window and smiled at something with an expression of mingled joy and sorrow.
It made him angry just because the idea of marrying the gentle Princess Mary, who was attractive to him and had an enormous fortune, had against his will more than once entered his head.
But at that moment Denisov, no more intimidated by his superiors than by the enemy, came with jingling spurs up the steps of the porch, despite the angry whispers of the adjutants who tried to stop him.
Kamenski sent soldiers to Rustchuk, but I only employed these two things and took more fortresses than Kamenski and made them Turks eat horseflesh!
But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all.
We were saying that your regiment would be sure to be better than Mamonov's.
Before the battle of Borodino our strength in proportion to the French was about as five to six, but after that battle it was little more than one to two: previously we had a hundred thousand against a hundred and twenty thousand; afterwards little more than fifty thousand against a hundred thousand.
The Russians did not seek out the best position but, on the contrary, during the retreat passed many positions better than Borodino.
Why was it more strongly fortified than any other post?
By crossing to the other side of the Kolocha to the left of the highroad, Napoleon shifted the whole forthcoming battle from right to left (looking from the Russian side) and transferred it to the plain between Utitsa, Semenovsk, and Borodino--a plain no more advantageous as a position than any other plain in Russia--and there the whole battle of the twenty-sixth of August took place.
The battle of Borodino was not fought on a chosen and entrenched position with forces only slightly weaker than those of the enemy, but, as a result of the loss of the Shevardino Redoubt, the Russians fought the battle of Borodino on an open and almost unentrenched position, with forces only half as numerous as the French; that is to say, under conditions in which it was not merely unthinkable to fight for ten hours and secure an indecisive result, but unthinkable to keep an army even from complete disintegration and flight.
He did not know that it would become more memorable to him than any other spot on the plain of Borodino.
As he said this his eyes and face expressed more than coldness--they expressed hostility, which Pierre noticed at once.
"Well, then, you know more than anyone else, be it who it may," said Prince Andrew.
Well, say your father has a German valet, and he is a splendid valet and satisfies your father's requirements better than you could, then it's all right to let him serve.
"Sire, I expected nothing less than to find you at the gates of Moscow," replied de Beausset.
That part of the line was not entrenched and in front of it the ground was more open and level than elsewhere.
The dispositions cited above are not at all worse, but are even better, than previous dispositions by which he had won victories.
His pseudo- orders during the battle were also no worse than formerly, but much the same as usual.
These dispositions and orders only seem worse than previous ones because the battle of Borodino was the first Napoleon did not win.
Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.
It is the art of being stronger than the enemy at a given moment.
The young officer, with his face still more flushed, commanded the men more scrupulously than ever.
The infantry moved in the same way, sometimes running to quite other places than those they were ordered to go to.
Tell General Barclay from me that his information is incorrect and that the real course of the battle is better known to me, the commander-in-chief, than to him.
Toward two o'clock the regiment, having already lost more than two hundred men, was moved forward into a trampled oatfield in the gap between Semenovsk and the Knoll Battery, where thousands of men perished that day and on which an intense, concentrated fire from several hundred enemy guns was directed between one and two o'clock.
Around the tents, over more than five acres, bloodstained men in various garbs stood, sat, or lay.
The French invaders, like an infuriated animal that has in its onslaught received a mortal wound, felt that they were perishing, but could not stop, any more than the Russian army, weaker by one half, could help swerving.
At that very time, in circumstances even more important than retreating without a battle, namely the evacuation and burning of Moscow, Rostopchin, who is usually represented as being the instigator of that event, acted in an altogether different manner from Kutuzov.
"Well, yes," said she, "it may be that he has other sentiments for me than those of a father, but that is not a reason for me to shut my door on him.
Helene was touched, and more than once tears rose to her eyes and to those of Monsieur de Jobert and their voices trembled.
Pierre sat down by the fire and began eating the mash, as they called the food in the cauldron, and he thought it more delicious than any food he had ever tasted.
An ax will be useful, a hunting spear not bad, but a three-pronged fork will be best of all: a Frenchman is no heavier than a sheaf of rye.
Rostopchin shouted at Pierre louder than before, frowning suddenly.
Pierre did not answer and left Rostopchin's room more sullen and angry than he had ever before shown himself.
In fact, however, though now much farther off than before, the Rostovs all saw Pierre--or someone extraordinarily like him--in a coachman's coat, going down the street with head bent and a serious face beside a small, beardless old man who looked like a footman.
More than two hours passed and Gerasim took the liberty of making a slight noise at the door to attract his attention, but Pierre did not hear him.
Then during the first day spent in inaction and solitude (he tried several times to fix his attention on the masonic manuscripts, but was unable to do so) the idea that had previously occurred to him of the cabalistic significance of his name in connection with Bonaparte's more than once vaguely presented itself.
Paris is Talma, la Duchenois, Potier, the Sorbonne, the boulevards," and noticing that his conclusion was weaker than what had gone before, he added quickly: "There is only one Paris in the world.
More than anything else in Pierre's story the captain was impressed by the fact that Pierre was very rich, had two mansions in Moscow, and that he had abandoned everything and not left the city, but remained there concealing his name and station.
All the powers of his mind were more active and clearer than ever, but they acted apart from his will.
"I love you more, better than before," said Prince Andrew, lifting her face with his hand so as to look into her eyes.
Natasha's thin pale face, with its swollen lips, was more than plain--it was dreadful.
Glowing with the heat and from running, he felt at that moment more strongly than ever the sense of youth, animation, and determination that had come on him when he ran to save the child.
In Petersburg at that time a complicated struggle was being carried on with greater heat than ever in the highest circles, between the parties of Rumyantsev, the French, Marya Fedorovna, the Tsarevich, and others, drowned as usual by the buzzing of the court drones.
He knew no more than the others what his words meant.
During his diplomatic career he had more than once noticed that such utterances were received as very witty, and at every opportunity he uttered in that way the first words that entered his head.
Kutuzov wrote that the Russians had not retreated a step, that the French losses were much heavier than ours, and that he was writing in haste from the field of battle before collecting full information.
When he had changed, poured water over his head, and scented himself, Nicholas arrived at the governor's rather late, but with the phrase "better late than never" on his lips.
As soon as Nicholas entered in his hussar uniform, diffusing around him a fragrance of perfume and wine, and had uttered the words "better late than never" and heard them repeated several times by others, people clustered around him; all eyes turned on him, and he felt at once that he had entered into his proper position in the province--that of a universal favorite: a very pleasant position, and intoxicatingly so after his long privations.
But Princess Mary experienced a painful rather than a joyful feeling--her mental tranquillity was destroyed, and desires, doubts, self-reproach, and hopes reawoke.
More than anything she feared lest the confusion she felt might overwhelm her and betray her as soon as she saw him.
He felt that the being before him was quite different from, and better than, anyone he had met before, and above all better than himself.
But he also knew (or rather felt at the bottom of his heart) that by resigning himself now to the force of circumstances and to those who were guiding him, he was not only doing nothing wrong, but was doing something very important--more important than anything he had ever done in his life.
But that day's encounter in church had, he felt, sunk deeper than was desirable for his peace of mind.
And for the first time Sonya felt that out of her pure, quiet love for Nicholas a passionate feeling was beginning to grow up which was stronger than principle, virtue, or religion.
Sonya was not less agitated than her friend by the latter's fear and grief and by her own personal feelings which she shared with no one.
Pierre glanced into the pit and saw that the factory lad was lying with his knees close up to his head and one shoulder higher than the other.
I come home on leave and I'll tell you how it was, I look and see that they are living better than before.
She went to bed later and rose earlier than any of them, and no difficulties daunted her.
After that he avoided Dessalles and the countess who caressed him and either sat alone or came timidly to Princess Mary, or to Natasha of whom he seemed even fonder than of his aunt, and clung to them quietly and shyly.
I love her more than anything in the world!
More than anything in the world.
And compared to the duration of life it did not seem to him slower than an awakening from sleep compared to the duration of a dream.
As a result of the hostility between Kutuzov and Bennigsen, his Chief of Staff, the presence of confidential representatives of the Emperor, and these transfers, a more than usually complicated play of parties was going on among the staff of the army.
On the contrary, he is probably pursuing you with detachments, or at most with an army corps much weaker than the army entrusted to you.
He said that Murat was spending the night less than a mile from where they were, and that if they would let him have a convoy of a hundred men he would capture him alive.
The battle of Tarutino obviously did not attain the aim Toll had in view--to lead the troops into action in the order prescribed by the dispositions; nor that which Count Orlov-Denisov may have had in view-- to take Murat prisoner; nor the result of immediately destroying the whole corps, which Bennigsen and others may have had in view; nor the aim of the officer who wished to go into action to distinguish himself; nor that of the Cossack who wanted more booty than he got, and so on.
It would be difficult and even impossible to imagine any result more opportune than the actual outcome of this battle.
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.
In both cases his personal activity, having no more force than the personal activity of any soldier, merely coincided with the laws that guided the event.
His activity at that time was no less astounding than it was in Egypt, in Italy, in Austria, and in Prussia.
Among the Old Guard disorder and pillage were renewed more violently than ever yesterday evening, last night, and today.
You may be better off than we others, said Pierre.
The officers, who had come from the other sheds, were all strangers to Pierre and much better dressed than he.
From the words of his comrades who saw better than he did, he found that this was the body of a man, set upright against the palings with its face smeared with soot.
They advanced the few hundred paces that separated the bridge from the Kaluga road, taking more than an hour to do so, and came out upon the square where the streets of the Transmoskva ward and the Kaluga road converge, and the prisoners jammed close together had to stand for some hours at that crossway.
During this halt the escort treated the prisoners even worse than they had done at the start.
Since Bennigsen, who corresponded with the Emperor and had more influence than anyone else on the staff, had begun to avoid him, Kutuzov was more at ease as to the possibility of himself and his troops being obliged to take part in useless aggressive movements.
Each of them desired nothing more than to give himself up as a prisoner to escape from all this horror and misery; but on the one hand the force of this common attraction to Smolensk, their goal, drew each of them in the same direction; on the other hand an army corps could not surrender to a company, and though the French availed themselves of every convenient opportunity to detach themselves and to surrender on the slightest decent pretext, such pretexts did not always occur.
There is a certain limit of time in less than which no amount of heat can melt the snow.
That was a misfortune no one could remedy, for the peasants of the district burned their hay rather than let the French have it.
That rule says that an attacker should concentrate his forces in order to be stronger than his opponent at the moment of conflict.
To lead men forward under fire more discipline (obtainable only by movement in masses) is needed than is needed to resist attacks.
It was necessary to let the French reach Shamshevo quietly without alarming them and then, after joining Dolokhov who was to come that evening to a consultation at a watchman's hut in the forest less than a mile from Shamshevo, to surprise the French at dawn, falling like an avalanche on their heads from two sides, and rout and capture them all at one blow.
In their rear, more than a mile from Mikulino where the forest came right up to the road, six Cossacks were posted to report if any fresh columns of French should show themselves.
In the village, in the house, in the garden, by the well, by the pond, over all the rising ground, and all along the road uphill from the bridge leading to the village, not more than five hundred yards away, crowds of men could be seen through the shimmering mist.
And Petya gave the Cossack a detailed account not only of his ride but also of his object, and why he considered it better to risk his life than to act "just anyhow."
Petya was as musical as Natasha and more so than Nicholas, but had never learned music or thought about it, and so the melody that unexpectedly came to his mind seemed to him particularly fresh and attractive.
Each instrument--now resembling a violin and now a horn, but better and clearer than violin or horn--played its own part, and before it had finished the melody merged with another instrument that began almost the same air, and then with a third and a fourth; and they all blended into one and again became separate and again blended, now into solemn church music, now into something dazzlingly brilliant and triumphant.
Of the three hundred and thirty men who had set out from Moscow fewer than a hundred now remained.
The prisoners were more burdensome to the escort than even the cavalry saddles or Junot's baggage.
When he did so and heard the subdued moaning with which Karataev generally lay down at the halting places, and when he smelled the odor emanating from him which was now stronger than before, Pierre moved farther away and did not think about him.
After the second day's march Pierre, having examined his feet by the campfire, thought it would be impossible to walk on them; but when everybody got up he went along, limping, and, when he had warmed up, walked without feeling the pain, though at night his feet were more terrible to look at than before.
He did not see and did not hear how they shot the prisoners who lagged behind, though more than a hundred perished in that way.
The dog was merrier and sleeker than it had been in Moscow.
Harder and more blessed than all else is to love this life in one's sufferings, in innocent sufferings.
From Moscow to Vyazma the French army of seventy-three thousand men not reckoning the Guards (who did nothing during the whole war but pillage) was reduced to thirty-six thousand, though not more than five thousand had fallen in battle.
How was it that the Russian army, which when numerically weaker than the French had given battle at Borodino, did not achieve its purpose when it had surrounded the French on three sides and when its aim was to capture them?
And she ran out of the room, with difficulty refraining from tears of vexation and irritation rather than of sorrow.
And that other side of life, of which she had never before thought and which had formerly seemed to her so far away and improbable, was now nearer and more akin and more comprehensible than this side of life, where everything was either emptiness and desolation or suffering and indignity.
She was gazing where she knew him to be; but she could not imagine him otherwise than as he had been here.
Together they felt more in harmony with one another than either of them felt with herself when alone.
Kutuzov merely shrugged his shoulders when one after another they presented projects of maneuvers to be made with those soldiers-- ill-shod, insufficiently clad, and half starved--who within a month and without fighting a battle had dwindled to half their number, and who at the best if the flight continued would have to go a greater distance than they had already traversed, before they reached the frontier.
Worse off than our poorest beggars.
More men collected behind the wattle fence of the Eighth Company than anywhere else.
Two sergeants major were sitting with them and their campfire blazed brighter than others.
This red-haired man was neither a sergeant nor a corporal, but being robust he ordered about those weaker than himself.
They were no more than make-believes.
One was taller than the other; he wore an officer's hat and seemed quite exhausted.
That same day he had learned that Prince Andrew, after surviving the battle of Borodino for more than a month had recently died in the Rostovs' house at Yaroslavl, and Denisov who told him this news also mentioned Helene's death, supposing that Pierre had heard of it long before.
Pierre looked again at the companion's pale, delicate face with its black eyes and peculiar mouth, and something near to him, long forgotten and more than sweet, looked at him from those attentive eyes.
But the more he tried to hide it the more clearly--clearer than any words could have done--did he betray to himself, to her, and to Princess Mary that he loved her.
He felt that there was now a judge of his every word and action whose judgment mattered more to him than that of all the rest of the world.
The princess seemed to see nothing more extraordinary in that than if he had seen Anna Semenovna.
If the aim was the dissemination of ideas, the printing press could have accomplished that much better than warfare.
But the once proud and shrewd rulers of France, feeling that their part is played out, are even more bewildered than he, and do not say the words they should have said to destroy him and retain their power.
Chance puts the Duc d'Enghien in his hands and unexpectedly causes him to kill him--thereby convincing the mob more forcibly than in any other way that he had the right, since he had the might.
That city is taken; the Russian army suffers heavier losses than the opposing armies had suffered in the former war from Austerlitz to Wagram.
The buildings, begun under straitened circumstances, were more than simple.
She looked down at her expanded figure and in the glass at her pale, sallow, emaciated face in which her eyes now looked larger than ever.
At the rare moments when the old fire did kindle in her handsome, fully developed body she was even more attractive than in former days.
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.
It was more than true.
At tea all sat in their accustomed places: Nicholas beside the stove at a small table where his tea was handed to him; Milka, the old gray borzoi bitch (daughter of the first Milka), with a quite gray face and large black eyes that seemed more prominent than ever, lay on the armchair beside him; Denisov, whose curly hair, mustache, and whiskers had turned half gray, sat beside countess Mary with his general's tunic unbuttoned; Pierre sat between his wife and the old countess.
Why more than ever!
Natasha spoke to Pierre about her brother's life and doings, of how she had suffered and lacked life during his own absence, and of how she was fonder than ever of Mary, and how Mary was in every way better than herself.
"Now who could decide whether he is really cleverer than all the others?" she asked herself, and passed in review all those whom Pierre most respected.
The noncommissioned officers (of whom there are fewer) perform the action itself less frequently than the soldiers, but they already give commands.
Similarly a man who committed a murder twenty years ago and has since lived peaceably and harmlessly in society seems less guilty and his action more due to the law of inevitability, to someone who considers his action after twenty years have elapsed than to one who examined it the day after it was committed.
Alfonso looked to be a year or so older than Jonathan.
It was probably the first money, other than the air fares, Señor Medena had been able to spend on Alex - and even then he had to do it through Felipa.
Other than the one time he had lost his temper with her, she had never known him to be anything but gentle.
Alondra smiled up at him in a way that suggested their relationship went farther than employment extended.
Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.
Alex sat up and leaned over her, speaking softy in a voice that was little more than a whisper.
He had access to his part much earlier than I did, so he was able to make some investments that really paid off.
You are more important to me than having children.
There was not an ugly person in all the throng.
We are quite solid inside our bodies, and have no need to eat, any more than does a potato.
They are no bigger than mice, and I'm sure mice are proper for me to eat.
The birds did not sing, nor did the cows moo; yet there was more than ordinary activity everywhere.
We have time, just now, and I'd rather face the invis'ble bears than those wooden imps.
"Eureka sees better in the dark than we can," whispered Dorothy.
Couldn't you wish me in some safer place than Oz.
"You are at least six feet high, and that is higher than any other animal in this country," said the Steward.
But the Sawhorse was swifter than the wind.
But there were fourteen boys and girls older than he, and two little sisters who were younger.
He lived more than seven hundred years ago in a quaint little town of Italy.
He had not gone farther than to the end of the innkeeper's field, when to his surprise he found that the road forked.
"It is better than poling the boat," said Christopher.
"It is better than rowing, too," said Robert.
It is a simple premise and yet, at the same time, an article of faith—a faith that the future would be better than the past.
Well, the Internet is bigger than air conditioning.
If I had an even faster computer than I have today, I could come up with really interesting questions to ask it.
We are creating at a rate exponentially more than our most recent ancestors.
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
And really you appreciate them less than anyone, and so you don't deserve to have them.
But on the road, the highroad along which the troops marched, there was no such freshness even at night or when the road passed through the forest; the dew was imperceptible on the sandy dust churned up more than six inches deep.
Yet he too was an excellent dancer - or maybe everyone's dancing skills were so much better than hers that it only appeared so to her.
He looked even more distinguished than usual in his Spanish garb.
Yet one has just occurred that was even worse than the first.
But it held a beautiful golden tripod that was worth more than a thousand fishes.
It is bigger than movable type.
Bigger than TV and cars and anything that has come before it.
What causes a parent to love one child more than another?
Less than an hour after the phone call, Destiny woke up in a fit of coughing.
If he treats me differently than others, I'm sure it's because we are married.