A Preparation of Impromptu Remarks

Independent Thinker… Or Not
January 16, 2010, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Personal, Quote(s)

Now that I’m back in Chicago and mobile again (a benefit of city life), I have been able to indulge myself by visiting various used/new bookstores and purchasing the occasional book. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read for pleasure. A book I’ve been meaning to read (but never got around to checking out) is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Just cracked it open today… already hooked.

Here’s a quote that I thoroughly enjoyed:

“Oblonsky subscribed to and read a liberal newspaper, not extremist, but the one most people went by. In spite of his having no particular interest in science, or art, or politics, he was firmly guided in all these subjects by the views that most people and the newspaper held; he only changed them whenever most people did, or rather, he did not change them – they imperceptibly changed within him of their own accord.

Oblonsky never selected either his opinions or his point of view; opinions and points of view slipped into him automatically, just as he did not choose the fashion of his hats or coats but took whatever was being worn. Since he lived in a certain society and had a desire for some intellectual activity, such as usually develops with maturity, it was just as vital for him to have opinions as to have a hat.”

Sound anything like the majority of people today? Myself, even? Scary.


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Oh my goodness… I do believe you just used a Tolstoy quote!!! From Anna Karenina! I am so proud of you.

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