You stung him by what you said about family harmony, Father Superior, he does not admit he is my relation.
"Gentlemen!" he added, "I venture to beg you most earnestly to lay aside your dissensions, and to be united in love and family harmony—with prayer to the Lord at our humble table."
Surely I haven’t suffered, simply that I, my crimes and my sufferings, may manure the soil of the future harmony for somebody else.
If all must suffer to pay for the eternal harmony, what have children to do with it, tell me, please?
It’s beyond all comprehension why they should suffer, and why they should pay for the harmony.
Why should they, too, furnish material to enrich the soil for the harmony of the future?
But what pulls me up here is that I can’t accept that harmony.
While there is still time, I hasten to protect myself, and so I renounce the higher harmony altogether.
They must be atoned for, or there can be no harmony.
And if that is so, if they dare not forgive, what becomes of harmony?
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Besides, too high a price is asked for harmony; it’s beyond our means to pay so much to enter on it.
I don’t want harmony.
’I wanted to make a joke,’ said I, ’for the general diversion, as Mr. Napravnik is our well-known Russian orchestra conductor and what we need for the harmony of our undertaking is some one of that sort.’
And that is almost always so if there is any love and harmony in the family at all.
And so I accept God and am glad to, and what’s more, I accept His wisdom, His purpose—which are utterly beyond our ken; I believe in the underlying order and the meaning of life; I believe in the eternal harmony in which they say we shall one day be blended.
Hadst Thou accepted that last counsel of the mighty spirit, Thou wouldst have accomplished all that man seeks on earth—that is, some one to worship, some one to keep his conscience, and some means of uniting all in one unanimous and harmonious ant-heap, for the craving for universal unity is the third and last anguish of men.
There was, so to speak, a discordant note in the general harmony.
Connoisseurs of Russian beauty could have foretold with certainty that this fresh, still youthful beauty would lose its harmony by the age of thirty, would "spread"; that the face would become puffy, and that wrinkles would very soon appear upon her forehead and round the eyes; the complexion would grow coarse and red perhaps—in fact, that it was the beauty of the moment, the fleeting beauty which is so often met with in Russian women.
But yet all his life he loved humanity, and suddenly his eyes were opened, and he saw that it is no great moral blessedness to attain perfection and freedom, if at the same time one gains the conviction that millions of God’s creatures have been created as a mockery, that they will never be capable of using their freedom, that these poor rebels can never turn into giants to complete the tower, that it was not for such geese that the great idealist dreamt his dream of harmony.
…for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidian mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to…
And what becomes of harmony, if there is hell?
There are no more uses of "harmonious" in the book.