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used in War and Peace

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Definition
outside
in various senses, including:
  • coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing — as in "external trade"
  • forming or relating to an outside boundary — as in "external walls"
  • on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete — as in "external appearances"
  • And not only externally was all in order, but had it pleased the commander in chief to look under the uniforms he would have found on every man a clean shirt, and in every knapsack the appointed number of articles, "awl, soap, and all," as the soldiers say.
    Book Two — 1805 (1% in)
  • In the third category he included those Brothers (the majority) who saw nothing in Freemasonry but the external forms and ceremonies, and prized the strict performance of these forms without troubling about their purport or significance.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (23% in)
  • After the first feeling of perplexity aroused in the parents by Berg's proposal, the holiday tone of joyousness usual at such times took possession of the family, but the rejoicing was external and insincere.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (41% in)
  • His father received his son's communication with external composure, but inward wrath.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (82% in)
  • "I think, Princess, it is not convenient to speak of that now," she said with external dignity and coldness, though she felt the tears choking her.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (34% in)
  • But though externally all remained as of old, the inner relations of all these people had changed since Prince Andrew had seen them last.
    Book Nine — 1812 (32% in)
  • But this was only the external condition; the essential significance of the presence of the Emperor and of all these people, from a courtier's point of view (and in an Emperor's vicinity all became courtiers), was clear to everyone.
    Book Nine — 1812 (37% in)
  • She not merely avoided all external forms of pleasure—balls, promenades, concerts, and theaters—but she never laughed without a sound of tears in her laughter.
    Book Nine — 1812 (69% in)
  • To the question of what causes historic events another answer presents itself, namely, that the course of human events is predetermined from on high—depends on the coincidence of the wills of all who take part in the events, and that a Napoleon's influence on the course of these events is purely external and fictitious.
    Book Ten — 1812 (74% in)
  • Not only did it seem to him (as to all administrators) that he controlled the external actions of Moscow's inhabitants, but he also thought he controlled their mental attitude by means of his broadsheets and posters, written in a coarse tone which the people despise in their own class and do not understand from those in authority.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (58% in)
  • After meeting Princess Mary, though the course of his life went on externally as before, all his former amusements lost their charm for him and he often thought about her.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (34% in)
  • An external shock was needed to overcome that shame, and this shock came in due time.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (95% in)
  • All historians agree that the external activity of states and nations in their conflicts with one another is expressed in wars, and that as a direct result of greater or less success in war the political strength of states and nations increases or decreases.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (0% in)
  • That wound (which Tikhon treated only with internal and external applications of vodka) was the subject of the liveliest jokes by the whole detachment—jokes in which Tikhon readily joined.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (28% in)
  • Thirdly, it would have been senseless to sacrifice one's own troops in order to destroy the French army, which without external interference was destroying itself at such a rate that, though its path was not blocked, it could not carry across the frontier more than it actually did in December, namely a hundredth part of the original army.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (95% in)
  • But when it is a beloved and intimate human being that is dying, besides this horror at the extinction of life there is a severance, a spiritual wound, which like a physical wound is sometimes fatal and sometimes heals, but always aches and shrinks at any external irritating touch.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (0% in)
  • He was surprised to find that this inner freedom, which was independent of external conditions, now had as it were an additional setting of external liberty.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (20% in)
  • He was surprised to find that this inner freedom, which was independent of external conditions, now had as it were an additional setting of external liberty.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (20% in)
  • In external ways Pierre had hardly changed at all.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (21% in)
  • Her life had no external aims—only a need to exercise her various functions and inclinations was apparent.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (62% in)
  • She did these things not under any external impulse as people in the full vigor of life do, when behind the purpose for which they strive that of exercising their functions remains unnoticed.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (62% in)
  • He told her of external social events and of the people who had formed the circle of her contemporaries and had once been a real, living, and distinct group, but who were now for the most part scattered about the world and like herself were garnering the last ears of the harvests they had sown in earlier years.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (63% in)
  • If history dealt only with external phenomena, the establishment of this simple and obvious law would suffice and we should have finished our argument.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (89% in)
  • All cases without exception in which our conception of freedom and necessity is increased and diminished depend on three considerations: (1) The relation to the external world of the man who commits the deeds.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (93% in)
  • The first consideration is the clearness of our perception of the man's relation to the external world and the greater or lesser clearness of our understanding of the definite position occupied by the man in relation to everything coexisting with him.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (93% in)
  • Thus our conception of free will and inevitability gradually diminishes or increases according to the greater or lesser connection with the external world, the greater or lesser remoteness of time, and the greater or lesser dependence on the causes in relation to which we contemplate a man's life.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)
  • So that if we examine the case of a man whose connection with the external world is well known, where the time between the action and its examination is great, and where the causes of the action are most accessible, we get the conception of a maximum of inevitability and a minimum of free will.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)
  • If we examine a man little dependent on external conditions, whose action was performed very recently, and the causes of whose action are beyond our ken, we get the conception of a minimum of inevitability and a maximum of freedom.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)
  • In neither case—however we may change our point of view, however plain we may make to ourselves the connection between the man and the external world, however inaccessible it may be to us, however long or short the period of time, however intelligible or incomprehensible the causes of the action may be—can we ever conceive either complete freedom or complete necessity.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)
  • (1) To whatever degree we may imagine a man to be exempt from the influence of the external world, we never get a conception of freedom in space.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)
  • But even if—imagining a man quite exempt from all influences, examining only his momentary action in the present, unevoked by any cause—we were to admit so infinitely small a remainder of inevitability as equaled zero, we should even then not have arrived at the conception of complete freedom in man, for a being uninfluenced by the external world, standing outside of time and independent of cause, is no longer a man.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (96% in)
  • All that we know of the external world of nature is only a certain relation of the forces of nature to inevitability, or of the essence of life to the laws of reason.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (97% in)
  • History examines the manifestations of man's free will in connection with the external world in time and in dependence on cause, that is, it defines this freedom by the laws of reason, and so history is a science only in so far as this free will is defined by those laws.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (98% in)
  • But as in astronomy the new view said: "It is true that we do not feel the movement of the earth, but by admitting its immobility we arrive at absurdity, while by admitting its motion (which we do not feel) we arrive at laws," so also in history the new view says: "It is true that we are not conscious of our dependence, but by admitting our free will we arrive at absurdity, while by admitting our dependence on the external world, on time, and on cause, we arrive at laws."
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (**% in)

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  • Freemasonry, at any rate as he saw it here, sometimes seemed to him based merely on externals.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (24% in)

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