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to gain or reach something with effort
  • Have you sought for means of attaining your aim in religion?
    Book Five — 1806-07 (15% in)
  • Then with the unerring official memory that characterized him he repeated from the opening words of the manifesto: .... and the wish, which constitutes the Emperor's sole and absolute aim—to establish peace in Europe on firm foundations—has now decided him to despatch part of the army abroad and to create a new condition for the attainment of that purpose.
    Book One — 1805 (56% in)
  • Instead of an offensive, the plan of which, carefully prepared in accord with the modern science of strategics, had been handed to Kutuzov when he was in Vienna by the Austrian Hofkriegsrath, the sole and almost unattainable aim remaining for him was to effect a junction with the forces that were advancing from Russia, without losing his army as Mack had done at Ulm.
    Book Two — 1805 (42% in)
  • Reviewing his impressions of the recent battle, picturing pleasantly to himself the impression his news of a victory would create, or recalling the send-off given him by the commander in chief and his fellow officers, Prince Andrew was galloping along in a post chaise enjoying the feelings of a man who has at length begun to attain a long-desired happiness.
    Book Two — 1805 (43% in)
  • He could not refuse the post, or rather the rank (for he did nothing), that Prince Vasili had procured for him, and acquaintances, invitations, and social occupations were so numerous that, even more than in Moscow, he felt a sense of bewilderment, bustle, and continual expectation of some good, always in front of him but never attained.
    Book Three — 1805 (3% in)
  • But as a youth in love trembles, is unnerved, and dares not utter the thoughts he has dreamed of for nights, but looks around for help or a chance of delay and flight when the longed-for moment comes and he is alone with her, so Rostov, now that he had attained what he had longed for more than anything else in the world, did not know how to approach the Emperor, and a thousand reasons occurred to him why it would be inconvenient, unseemly, and impossible to do so.
    Book Three — 1805 (93% in)
  • No one can attain to truth by himself.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (5% in)
  • For ages, from our forefather Adam to our own day, we labor to attain that knowledge and are still infinitely far from our aim; but in our lack of understanding we see only our weakness and His greatness....
    Book Five — 1806-07 (7% in)
  • "I don't understand," he said, "how it is that the mind of man cannot attain the knowledge of which you speak."
    Book Five — 1806-07 (8% in)
  • And to attain this end, we have the light called conscience that God has implanted in our souls.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (8% in)
  • What hast thou attained relying on reason only?
    Book Five — 1806-07 (8% in)
  • One thing he continually realized as he read that book: the joy, hitherto unknown to him, of believing in the possibility of attaining perfection, and in the possibility of active brotherly love among men, which Joseph Alexeevich had revealed to him.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (11% in)
  • But since this mystery is of such a nature that nobody can know or use it unless he be prepared by long and diligent self-purification, not everyone can hope to attain it quickly.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (15% in)
  • Hence we have a secondary aim, that of preparing our members as much as possible to reform their hearts, to purify and enlighten their minds, by means handed on to us by tradition from those who have striven to attain this mystery, and thereby to render them capable of receiving it.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (15% in)
  • Vienna considers the bases of the proposed treaty so unattainable that not even a continuity of most brilliant successes would secure them, and she doubts the means we have of gaining them.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (28% in)
  • "If there is a God and future life, there is truth and good, and man's highest happiness consists in striving to attain them.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (60% in)
  • "I do not dispute that, but it cannot be denied that court privileges have attained the same end," returned Prince Andrew.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (18% in)
  • He saw in him a remarkable, clear-thinking man of vast intellect who by his energy and persistence had attained power, which he was using solely for the welfare of Russia.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (19% in)
  • To attain this end we must secure a preponderance of virtue over vice and must endeavor to secure that the honest man may, even in this world, receive a lasting reward for his virtue.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (25% in)
  • We often think that by removing all the difficulties of our life we shall more quickly reach our aim, but on the contrary, my dear sir, it is only in the midst of worldly cares that we can attain our three chief aims: (1) Self-knowledge—for man can only know himself by comparison, (2) Self-perfecting, which can only be attained by conflict, and (3) The attainment of the chief virtue—love of death.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (29% in)
  • We often think that by removing all the difficulties of our life we shall more quickly reach our aim, but on the contrary, my dear sir, it is only in the midst of worldly cares that we can attain our three chief aims: (1) Self-knowledge—for man can only know himself by comparison, (2) Self-perfecting, which can only be attained by conflict, and (3) The attainment of the chief virtue—love of death.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (29% in)
  • We often think that by removing all the difficulties of our life we shall more quickly reach our aim, but on the contrary, my dear sir, it is only in the midst of worldly cares that we can attain our three chief aims: (1) Self-knowledge—for man can only know himself by comparison, (2) Self-perfecting, which can only be attained by conflict, and (3) The attainment of the chief virtue—love of death.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (29% in)
  • O Lord, great Architect of Nature, help me to tear from myself these dogs—my passions especially the last, which unites in itself the strength of all the former ones, and aid me to enter that temple of virtue to a vision of which I attained in my dream.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (37% in)
  • He had not done so for fear Princess Mary should ask her father to give his consent, irritating him and having to bear the brunt of his displeasure without attaining her object.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (97% in)
  • And they all struggled and suffered and tormented one another and injured their souls, their eternal souls, for the attainment of benefits which endure but for an instant.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (98% in)
  • Her words were incoherent, but they attained the purpose at which she was aiming.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (98% in)
  • Each man lives for himself, using his freedom to attain his personal aims, and feels with his whole being that he can now do or abstain from doing this or that action; but as soon as he has done it, that action performed at a certain moment in time becomes irrevocable and belongs to history, in which it has not a free but a predestined significance.
    Book Nine — 1812 (3% in)
  • Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
    Book Nine — 1812 (3% in)
  • the grandeur of the preparations, and the expenditure on those preparations and the need of obtaining advantages to compensate for that expenditure, the intoxicating honors he received in Dresden, the diplomatic negotiations which, in the opinion of contemporaries, were carried on with a sincere desire to attain peace, but which only wounded the self-love of both sides, and millions of other causes that adapted themselves to the event that was happening or coincided with it.
    Book Nine — 1812 (4% in)
  • Though, by this course, neither one aim nor the other could be attained, yet it seemed best to the adherents of this third party.
    Book Nine — 1812 (39% in)
  • Providence compelled all these men, striving to attain personal aims, to further the accomplishment of a stupendous result no one of them at all expected—neither Napoleon, nor Alexander, nor still less any of those who did the actual fighting.
    Book Ten — 1812 (0% in)
  • Prince Vasili entered the room with the air of a happy conqueror who has attained the object of his desires.
    Book Ten — 1812 (19% in)
  • The French who had attacked the Russian army in order to drive it from its position ought to have made that effort, for as long as the Russians continued to block the road to Moscow as before, the aim of the French had not been attained and all their efforts and losses were in vain.
    Book Ten — 1812 (99% in)
  • Only by taking infinitesimally small units for observation (the differential of history, that is, the individual tendencies of men) and attaining to the art of integrating them (that is, finding the sum of these infinitesimals) can we hope to arrive at the laws of history.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (1% in)
  • It seemed strange to him that his long-felt wish, which had seemed unattainable, had at last been realized.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (46% in)
  • The battle of Tarutino obviously did not attain the aim Toll had in view—to lead the troops into action in the order prescribed by the dispositions; nor that which Count Orlov-Denisov may have had in view—to take Murat prisoner; nor the result of immediately destroying the whole corps, which Bennigsen and others may have had in view; nor the aim of the officer who wished to go into action to distinguish himself; nor that of the Cossack who wanted more booty than he got, and so on.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (32% in)
  • With a minimum of effort and insignificant losses, despite the greatest confusion, the most important results of the whole campaign were attained: the transition from retreat to advance, an exposure of the weakness of the French, and the administration of that shock which Napoleon's army had only awaited to begin its flight.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (32% in)
  • Then let us imagine that the combatant who so sensibly employed the best and simplest means to attain his end was at the same time influenced by traditions of chivalry and, desiring to conceal the facts of the case, insisted that he had gained his victory with the rapier according to all the rules of art.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (4% in)
  • If the aim of the Russians consisted in cutting off and capturing Napoleon and his marshals—and that aim was not merely frustrated but all attempts to attain it were most shamefully baffled—then this last period of the campaign is quite rightly considered by the French to be a series of victories, and quite wrongly considered victorious by Russian historians.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (93% in)
  • There never was or could have been such an aim, for it would have been senseless and its attainment quite impossible.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (94% in)
  • The Russians, half of whom died, did all that could and should have been done to attain an end worthy of the nation, and they are not to blame because other Russians, sitting in warm rooms, proposed that they should do what was impossible.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (98% in)
  • It could not exist because it was senseless and unattainable.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (99% in)
  • That aim was attained in the first place of itself, as the French ran away, and so it was only necessary not to stop their flight.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (**% in)
  • Secondly it was attained by the guerrilla warfare which was destroying the French, and thirdly by the fact that a large Russian army was following the French, ready to use its strength in case their movement stopped.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (**% in)
  • The happiness before him appeared so inconceivable that if only he could attain it, it would be the end of all things.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (35% in)
  • If we assume as the historians do that great men lead humanity to the attainment of certain ends—the greatness of Russia or of France, the balance of power in Europe, the diffusion of the ideas of the Revolution, general progress, or anything else—then it is impossible to explain the facts of history without introducing the conceptions of chance and genius.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (38% in)
  • If the aim was the aggrandizement of France, that might have been attained without the Revolution and without the Empire.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (39% in)
  • But the rams need only cease to suppose that all that happens to them happens solely for the attainment of their sheepish aims; they need only admit that what happens to them may also have purposes beyond their ken, and they will at once perceive a unity and coherence in what happened to the ram that was fattened.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (39% in)
  • A smile lit up her face but at the same time she sighed, and her deep eyes expressed a quiet sadness as though she felt, through her happiness, that there is another sort of happiness unattainable in this life and of which she involuntarily thought at that instant.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (55% in)
  • If the purpose of dinner is to nourish the body, a man who eats two dinners at once may perhaps get more enjoyment but will not attain his purpose, for his stomach will not digest the two dinners.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (57% in)
  • You will agree that if you did not look after your estates yourself but only wanted a quiet life, the harsher your steward was the more readily your object might be attained," he said to Nicholas.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (66% in)
  • Her defense was weak and inapt but she attained her object.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (67% in)

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