Then a man may do nothing but harm to his neighbour in this world, and is prevented from doing the tiniest bit of good by trivial conventional formalities.
You know, Terebyeva (who is in the community now) was blamed because when she left her family andů. devotedů. herself, she wrote to her father and mother that she wouldn’t go on living conventionally and was entering on a free marriage and it was said that that was too harsh, that she might have spared them and have written more kindly.
"That’s all conventional, that’s all relative, merely a way of looking at it," he thought in a flash, but only on the top surface of his mind, while he was shuddering all over, "there, I’ve got it on!
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It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
In most countries, the convention is to shake the head to indicate "no", but in Bulgaria that indicates "yes".