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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • He is not at all angry, I assure you; on the contrary, he is surprised that you could suppose so.
  • On the contrary he was bright and good-tempered.
  • And to shelter him would be no burden, but, on the contrary, would probably be looked on as a pleasure.
  • On the contrary, Alyosha was at this time a well-grown, red-cheeked, clear-eyed lad of nineteen, radiant with health.
  • Not that he was so very much ashamed of himself—quite the contrary perhaps.
  • Quite the contrary; you behaved like an angel, like an angel.
  • On the contrary, he was conceited and seemed to despise everybody.
  • On the contrary, he was hastening there as though expecting to find guidance from her.
  • Were there not, on the contrary, new grounds for hatred and hostility in their family?
  • On the contrary, he will do anything you like and in any way you like.
  • "Ah, Alyosha, on the contrary, it was delightfully right," cried Lise, looking tenderly and happily at him.
  • "On the contrary, I am struck by a coincidence," cried Ivan, warmly and good-humoredly.
  • You know, on the contrary, that Dmitri behaved as though there was an understanding between us.
  • I don’t know about you, Lise, but I consider that I have a sordid soul in many ways, and his soul is not sordid; on the contrary, full of fine feeling….
  • Quite the contrary, they thought they had every right, for Richard had been given to them as a chattel, and they did not even see the necessity of feeding him.
  • "No, no, on the contrary, Father Paissy did once say something rather the same as you …. but of course it’s not the same, not a bit the same," Alyosha hastily corrected himself.
  • No, I have not forgotten Him; on the contrary I’ve been wondering all the time how it was you did not bring Him in before, for usually all arguments on your side put Him in the foreground.
  • But Russian hopes and conceptions demand not that the Church should pass as from a lower into a higher type into the State, but, on the contrary, that the State should end by being worthy to become only the Church and nothing else.
  • The others, on the contrary, pressed farther back in sudden alarm when the door was noisily flung open.
  • I must declare, on the contrary, that I have genuine respect for the qualities of his heart.
  • On the contrary, he once gave Grushenka a stern and earnest piece of advice.
  • He was trustful, on the contrary.
  • "She’s by no means so elderly," he thought, feeling pleased, "on the contrary I should have taken her for her daughter."
  • On the contrary, we’ll do everything that lies in our power in that matter.
  • He had, on the contrary, an air of stern and severe indignation with the accused, which gave him an appearance of truthfulness and personal dignity.
  • It was explained further that Mitya had, on the contrary, often told her that he hadn’t a farthing.
  • Quite the contrary, you may make six or seven thousand instead of three.
  • Not that he forgot himself and was rude; on the contrary, he always spoke very respectfully, yet he had obviously begun to consider—goodness knows why!
  • Because we have come here and shut ourselves within these walls, we are no holier than those that are outside, but on the contrary, from the very fact of coming here, each of us has confessed to himself that he is worse than others, than all men on earth….
  • On the contrary, the State is transformed into the Church, will ascend and become a Church over the whole world—which is the complete opposite of Ultramontanism and Rome, and your interpretation, and is only the glorious destiny ordained for the Orthodox Church.
  • His soul was overflowing but with mingled feelings; no single sensation stood out distinctly; on the contrary, one drove out another in a slow, continual rotation.
  • "Let me tell you," she said, "that I am the first not to laugh at you, but on the contrary I thank you with tears and express my respect for you for your action then."
  • Quite the contrary.
  • On the contrary.
  • I have mentioned already that Grigory had detested Adelaida Ivanovna, the first wife of Fyodor Pavlovitch and the mother of Dmitri, and that he had, on the contrary, protected Sofya Ivanovna, the poor "crazy woman," against his master and any one who chanced to speak ill or lightly of her.
  • I maintain, on the contrary, that the Church ought to include the whole State, and not simply to occupy a corner in it, and, if this is, for some reason, impossible at present, then it ought, in reality, to be set up as the direct and chief aim of the future development of Christian society!
  • On the contrary, his friends, as I observed already, seeing him that night apparently so cheerful and talkative, were convinced that there was at least a temporary change for the better in his condition.
  • On the contrary, a man of lofty feelings, whose love is pure and full of self-sacrifice, may yet hide under tables, bribe the vilest people, and be familiar with the lowest ignominy of spying and eavesdropping.
  • In his childhood and youth he was by no means expansive, and talked little indeed, but not from shyness or a sullen unsociability; quite the contrary, from something different, from a sort of inner preoccupation entirely personal and unconcerned with other people, but so important to him that he seemed, as it were, to forget others on account of it.
  • On the evening he wrote that letter at the ’Metropolis’ tavern, contrary to his custom he was silent, though he had been drinking.
  • He knew he would play a prominent part of some sort, but Alyosha, who was attached to him, was distressed to see that his friend Rakitin was dishonorable, and quite unconscious of being so himself, considering, on the contrary, that because he would not steal money left on the table he was a man of the highest integrity.
  • He ended by asserting that for every individual, like ourselves, who does not believe in God or immortality, the moral law of nature must immediately be changed into the exact contrary of the former religious law, and that egoism, even to crime, must become not only lawful but even recognized as the inevitable, the most rational, even honorable outcome of his position.
  • His face was in reality by no means "hideous"; on the contrary, it was rather attractive, with a fair, pale skin, freckled.
  • On the contrary, I am very happy.
  • On the contrary, I hate him!
  • For the rest of the time he was struck, on the contrary, by Smerdyakov’s composure.
  • On the contrary, I am grateful to you for setting my mind at rest.
  • On the contrary, he’ll accuse me.
  • On the contrary, his self-confidence increased with the increase of danger.
  • On the contrary, he would have tried to conceal it, to distort the facts or minimize them.
  • On the contrary, he would have broken his skull instead of spending five minutes looking after him.
  • And why, on the contrary, does he force me to believe in money hidden in a crevice, in the dungeons of the castle of Udolpho?
  • I found in him, on the contrary, an extreme mistrustfulness concealed under a mask of naivete, and an intelligence of considerable range.
  • On the contrary, it was I who persuaded him!
  • No, no; quite the contrary.
  • Quite the contrary, he was angry and proudly scornful of the charges against him; he was continually firing up and abusing every one.
  • But that does not diminish the value of the letter, quite the contrary; he wrote when drunk what he had planned when sober.
  • The knocking on the window frame went on persistently, but it was by no means so loud as it had seemed in his dream; on the contrary, it was quite subdued.
  • On the contrary, this woman, dreaded above all women, sitting now on his knee, holding him in her arms, aroused in him now a quite different, unexpected, peculiar feeling, a feeling of the intensest and purest interest without a trace of fear, of his former terror.
  • He had never once tried to persuade her that Mitya was the murderer; on the contrary, he had suspected himself in her presence, that time when he came back from Smerdyakov.
  • And it’s no wonder that instead of gaining freedom they have sunk into slavery, and instead of serving the cause of brotherly love and the union of humanity have fallen, on the contrary, into dissension and isolation, as my mysterious visitor and teacher said to me in my youth.
  • But before three o’clock in the afternoon that something took place to which I alluded at the end of the last book, something so unexpected by all of us and so contrary to the general hope, that, I repeat, this trivial incident has been minutely remembered to this day in our town and all the surrounding neighborhood.
  • He never concealed his opinions, quite the contrary in fact, which justifies me in speaking rather openly of him now, of course, not as an individual, but as a member of the Karamazov family.
  • Later on, of course, I reflected and remembered that she had been very far from laughing at me; on the contrary, she used to turn off any love-making on my part with a jest and begin talking of other subjects; but at that moment I was incapable of reflecting and was all eagerness for revenge.
  • Even now this can be done, but it will lead to the grand unity of men in the future, when a man will not seek servants for himself, or desire to turn his fellow creatures into servants as he does now, but on the contrary, will long with his whole heart to be the servant of all, as the Gospel teaches.
  • But time passed, and Fyodor Pavlovitch did not give the prisoner the expected three thousand; on the contrary, the latter heard that he meant to use this sum to seduce the woman he, the prisoner, loved.
  • But since no one had observed any such motive in him beforehand, and every one saw, on the contrary, that his master was fond of him and honored him with his confidence, he would, of course, have been the last to be suspected.
  • On the contrary, however bitter the moments before the looking-glass were to him, he quickly forgot them, and forgot them for a long time, "abandoning himself entirely to ideas and to real life," as he formulated it to himself.
  • In that way (that is, with a view to the future) it is not the Church that should seek a definite position in the State, like ’every social organization,’ or as ’an organization of men for religious purposes’ (as my opponent calls the Church), but, on the contrary, every earthly State should be, in the end, completely transformed into the Church and should become nothing else but a Church, rejecting every purpose incongruous with the aims of the Church.
  • But don’t believe him, that was only his cunning; he didn’t really give up the idea of Smerdyakov; on the contrary, he meant to bring him forward again; for, indeed, he had no one else to bring forward, but he would do that later, because for the moment that line was spoiled for him.
  • On the contrary, I’m just going."
  • For though I fully agree that the prisoner, on entering the court where his fate will be decided, would not naturally look straight before him in that fixed way, and that that may really be a sign of his abnormal mental condition, at the same time I maintain that he would naturally not look to the left at the ladies, but, on the contrary, to the right to find his legal adviser, on whose help all his hopes rest and on whose defense all his future depends.
  • Do not think my question frivolous; on the contrary, I have in asking the question a secret motive of my own, which I will perhaps explain to you later on, if it is God’s will that we should become more intimately acquainted."
  • "Oh, dear, no, quite the contrary, he’s very quiet.
  • "Assured of your consent, I should have known that you wouldn’t have made an outcry over those three thousand being lost, even if I’d been suspected, instead of Dmitri Fyodorovitch, or as his accomplice; on the contrary, you would have protected me from others….
  • I didn’t say that openly to the prosecutor when I was being examined, but quite the contrary, I brought him to it by a hint, as though I didn’t see it myself, and as though he’d thought of it himself and I hadn’t prompted him; so that Mr. Prosecutor’s mouth positively watered at my suggestion."
  • On the contrary, he was always almost gay.

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  • We will not allow members to act contrary to our code of ethics.
  • What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

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