Anna Karenina: l’amore fatale

Anna Karenina is one of the great masterpieces in world literature. The novel was written by Tolstoy and based on an tragic incident . Here are a few quotes from this famous book:

“I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there  are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”

Tatiana Samoilova as Anna in the 1967 Soviet screen version of Tolstoy's novel

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”

“Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: whether she feared or desired what had been or what would be, and precisely what she desired, she did not know.”

“But I’m glad you’ll see me as I am. Above all, I wouldn’t want people to think that I want to prove anything. I don’t want to prove anything, I just want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself. I have that right, haven’t I?”

“Everything intelligent is so boring.”

“What am I coming for?” he repeated, looking straight into her eyes. “You know that I have come to be where you are,” he said; “I can’t help it.”

Sophie Marceau as Anna in 1997 film by Bernard Rose

“Anna spoke not only naturally and intelligently, but intelligently and casually, without attaching any value to her own thoughts, yet giving great value to the thoughts of the one she was talking to.”

Vivien Leigh in 1948 British film

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