Philosophical Meandering

Literary and philosophical quotes

Yes, it will be a long time before people learn what I know. How much of iron and other metal there is in the sun and the stars is easy to find out, but anything that exposes our swinishness is difficult, terribly difficult!

—"The Kreutzer Sonata" by Leo Tolstoy

     ’You know … the domination of women from which the world suffers all arises from this.’
     ’What “domination of women”?’ I asked. ‘The rights, the legal privileges, are on the man’s side.’
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‘“Ah, you want us to be merely objects of sensuality - all right, as objects of sensuality we will enslave you,” say the women… . ’As it is at present, a woman is deprived of that right while a man has it. And to make up for that right she acts on man’s sensuality, and through his sensuality subdues him so that he only chooses formally, while in reality it is she who chooses. And once she has obtained these means she abuses them and acquires a terrible power over people.’

- “The Kreutzer Sonata” by Leo Tolstoy

As soon as a man approaches a woman he succumbs to her stupefying influence and becomes intoxicated and crazy. I used formerly to feel uncomfortable and uneasy when I saw a lady dressed up for a ball, but now I am simply frightened and plainly see her as something dangerous and illicit. I want to call a policeman and ask for protection from the peril, and demand that the dangerous object be removed and put away.

- “The Kreutzer Sonata” by Leo Tolstoy