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1  —60 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • He had, however, to give him an answer.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (67% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Influence in society, however, is a capital which has to be economized if it is to last.
    Book One — 1805 (12% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • All his absent-mindedness and inability to enter a room and converse in it was, however, redeemed by his kindly, simple, and modest expression.
    Book One — 1805 (17% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He received, however, no appointment to Kutuzov's staff despite all Anna Mikhaylovna's endeavors and entreaties.
    Book One — 1805 (29% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I'll see her and no more.
    Book One — 1805 (31% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • This pleasure will be but a brief one, however, for he will leave, us again to take part in this unhappy war into which we have been drawn, God knows how or why.
    Book One — 1805 (85% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I think the regiment is not a bad one, eh?
    Book Two — 1805 (1% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • At the chief entrance to the palace, however, an official came running out to meet him, and learning that he was a special messenger led him to another entrance.
    Book Two — 1805 (45% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I will let you know.
    Book Two — 1805 (46% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "Buonaparte?" he repeated, accentuating the u: "I think, however, now that he lays down laws for Austria at Schonbrunn, il faut lui faire grace de l'u!
    Book Two — 1805 (51% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • If, however, the Emperor of Russia ratifies that convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick.
    Book Two — 1805 (66% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "However, there will hardly be an engagement today," said Bagration as if to reassure Prince Andrew.
    Book Two — 1805 (67% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Suddenly, however, he was struck by a voice coming from the shed, and its tone was so sincere that he could not but listen.
    Book Two — 1805 (73% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, he put his horse to a trot in the direction of Tushin's battery.
    Book Two — 1805 (75% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Prince Andrew noticed, however, that though what happened was due to chance and was independent of the commander's will, owing to the tact Bagration showed, his presence was very valuable.
    Book Two — 1805 (78% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Their spirits once roused were, however, not diminished, but only changed character.
    Book Two — 1805 (90% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, at nine o'clock the prince, in his velvet coat with a sable collar and cap, went out for his usual walk.
    Book Three — 1805 (16% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Her hair was carefully done and her face was animated, which, however, did not conceal its sunken and faded outlines.
    Book Three — 1805 (19% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Glancing, however, at Boris, he saw that he too seemed ashamed of the hussar of the line.
    Book Three — 1805 (45% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However," he added rising, "you know my name and where to find me, but don't forget that I do not regard either myself or you as having been at all insulted, and as a man older than you, my advice is to let the matter drop.
    Book Three — 1805 (46% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, dear fellow," he said abruptly and eagerly, "I must confess to having been unjust to the Austrians and especially to Weyrother.
    Book Three — 1805 (54% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "However, I think General Kutuzov has come out," said Prince Andrew.
    Book Three — 1805 (63% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Prince Andrew, however, did not answer that voice and went on dreaming of his triumphs.
    Book Three — 1805 (68% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "However, if you command it, Your Majesty," said Kutuzov, lifting his head and again assuming his former tone of a dull, unreasoning, but submissive general.
    Book Three — 1805 (82% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Prince Andrew spoke with some animation and interest only of the new homestead he was constructing and its buildings, but even here, while on the scaffolding, in the midst of a talk explaining the future arrangements of the house, he interrupted himself: "However, this is not at all interesting.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (51% in)
  • "However, it is time to get on," he added, and, stepping off the raft, he looked up at the sky to which Pierre had pointed, and for the first time since Austerlitz saw that high, everlasting sky he had seen while lying on that battlefield; and something that had long been slumbering, something that was best within him, suddenly awoke, joyful and youthful, in his soul.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (60% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The assistant, however, did not confirm the doctor's words.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (80% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I'll look up our list.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (80% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Very glad, very glad to see you," he said, however, coming toward him with a smile.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (88% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "I think, however, that these condemnations have some ground," returned Prince Andrew, trying to resist Speranski's influence, of which he began to be conscious.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (17% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Amid the turmoil of his activities and distractions, however, Pierre at the end of a year began to feel that the more firmly he tried to rest upon it, the more Masonic ground on which he stood gave way under him.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (22% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • At the appointed hour, however, he entered the modest house Speranski owned in the Taurida Gardens.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (65% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • With his son, however, he employed the diplomacy he reserved for important occasions and, adopting a quiet tone, discussed the whole matter.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (82% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, God grant that everything turns out well!
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (7% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Chekmar held in leash three formidable wolfhounds, who had, however, grown fat like their master and his horse.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (20% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Her melancholy, however, began to turn to irritability, and not long before Boris' departure she formed a definite plan of action.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (25% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • On hearing of Countess Bezukhova's visit and the invitation for that evening, Marya Dmitrievna remarked: "I don't care to have anything to do with Bezukhova and don't advise you to; however, if you've promised—go.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (57% in)
  • "Do not think, however," she wrote, "that my father is ill-disposed toward you.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (62% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In Pierre, however, that comet with its long luminous tail aroused no feeling of fear.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (**% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • For the Pavlograd hussars, however, the whole of this retreat during the finest period of summer and with sufficient supplies was a very simple and agreeable business.
    Book Nine — 1812 (53% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Pierre, however, felt excited, and the general desire to show that they were ready to go to all lengths—which found expression in the tones and looks more than in the substance of the speeches—infected him too.
    Book Nine — 1812 (98% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Lavrushka, however, ran up to Karp and seized him by the arms from behind.
    Book Ten — 1812 (39% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The faces all expressed animation and apprehension, but it seemed to Pierre that the cause of the excitement shown in some of these faces lay chiefly in questions of personal success; his mind, however, was occupied by the different expression he saw on other faces—an expression that spoke not of personal matters but of the universal questions of life and death.
    Book Ten — 1812 (61% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • "However, you're sleepy, and it's time for me to sleep.
    Book Ten — 1812 (69% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In reality, however, all these movements forward and backward did not improve or alter the position of the troops.
    Book Ten — 1812 (86% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The other generals, however, understood it and, leaving aside the question of Moscow, spoke of the direction the army should take in its retreat.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (9% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In fact, however, though now much farther off than before, the Rostovs all saw Pierre—or someone extraordinarily like him—in a coachman's coat, going down the street with head bent and a serious face beside a small, beardless old man who looked like a footman.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (42% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • At daybreak, however, those nearing the town at the Dorogomilov bridge saw ahead of them masses of soldiers crowding and hurrying across the bridge, ascending on the opposite side and blocking the streets and alleys, while endless masses of troops were bearing down on them from behind, and an unreasoning hurry and alarm overcame them.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (45% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I know their presence will inspire me, and I shall speak to them as I always do: clearly, impressively, and majestically.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (47% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • In reality, however, it was not, and could not be, possible to explain the burning of Moscow by making any individual, or any group of people, responsible for it.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (70% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Pierre, however, seized her and lifted her in his arms.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (97% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • It was now, however, impossible to get back the way he had come; the maid, Aniska, was no longer there, and Pierre with a feeling of pity and disgust pressed the wet, painfully sobbing child to himself as tenderly as he could and ran with her through the garden seeking another way out.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (97% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The Empress Elisabeth, however, when asked what instructions she would be pleased to give—with her characteristic Russian patriotism had replied that she could give no directions about state institutions for that was the affair of the sovereign, but as far as she personally was concerned she would be the last to quit Petersburg.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (1% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • The husband, however, did not seem to share that conviction and tried to behave morosely with Rostov.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (22% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Toward the end of the evening, however, as the wife's face grew more flushed and animated, the husband's became more and more melancholy and solemn, as though there were but a given amount of animation between them and as the wife's share increased the husband's diminished.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (22% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • He was, however, preparing to go away and it had not entered his head to regret that he was thus depriving himself of chances of meeting her.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (37% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, we must get to work.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (43% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, he did not look at them now, but thought of other things.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (68% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Now, however, he had learned to see the great, eternal, and infinite in everything, and therefore—to see it and enjoy its contemplation—he naturally threw away the telescope through which he had till now gazed over men's heads, and gladly regarded the ever-changing, eternally great, unfathomable, and infinite life around him.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (21% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • Pierre, however, he adored.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (60% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in War and Peace.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —23 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • However much we approximate the time of judgment to the time of the deed, we never get a conception of freedom in time.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)
however = regardless of how
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • However much he drank, he never lost his clearheadedness.
    Book One — 1805 (27% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However inconvenient the position, it was now necessary to attack in order to cut away through for themselves.
    Book Two — 1805 (85% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However far he has walked, whatever strange, unknown, and dangerous places he reaches, just as a sailor is always surrounded by the same decks, masts, and rigging of his ship, so the soldier always has around him the same comrades, the same ranks, the same sergeant major Ivan Mitrich, the same company dog Jack, and the same commanders.
    Book Three — 1805 (74% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • But however much they left her in peace she could not now be at peace, and immediately felt this.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (85% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However often she told herself that she must not get irritable when teaching her nephew, almost every time that, pointer in hand, she sat down to show him the French alphabet, she so longed to pour her own knowledge quickly and easily into the child—who was already afraid that Auntie might at any moment get angry—that at his slightest inattention she trembled, became flustered and heated, raised her voice, and sometimes pulled him by the arm and put him in the corner.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (9% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • Not having found Kuragin in Turkey, Prince Andrew did not think it necessary to rush back to Russia after him, but all the same he knew that however long it might be before he met Kuragin, despite his contempt for him and despite all the proofs he deduced to convince himself that it was not worth stooping to a conflict with him—he knew that when he did meet him he would not be able to resist calling him out, any more than a ravenous man can help snatching at food.
    Book Nine — 1812 (30% in)
  • She felt that she could not understand them however much she might think about them.
    Book Ten — 1812 (35% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • But however small the units it takes, we feel that to take any unit disconnected from others, or to assume a beginning of any phenomenon, or to say that the will of many men is expressed by the actions of any one historic personage, is in itself false.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (1% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • I see only a coincidence of occurrences such as happens with all the phenomena of life, and I see that however much and however carefully I observe the hands of the watch, and the valves and wheels of the engine, and the oak, I shall not discover the cause of the bells ringing, the engine moving, or of the winds of spring.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (2% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • I see only a coincidence of occurrences such as happens with all the phenomena of life, and I see that however much and however carefully I observe the hands of the watch, and the valves and wheels of the engine, and the oak, I shall not discover the cause of the bells ringing, the engine moving, or of the winds of spring.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (2% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • We know that man has the faculty of becoming completely absorbed in a subject however trivial it may be, and that there is no subject so trivial that it will not grow to infinite proportions if one's entire attention is devoted to it.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (56% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • The incontestable proof of this deduction is that, however many commands were issued, the event does not take place unless there are other causes for it, but as soon as an event occurs—be it what it may—then out of all the continually expressed wishes of different people some will always be found which by their meaning and their time of utterance are related as commands to the events.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (88% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However often experiment and reasoning may show a man that under the same conditions and with the same character he will do the same thing as before, yet when under the same conditions and with the same character he approaches for the thousandth time the action that always ends in the same way, he feels as certainly convinced as before the experiment that he can act as he pleases.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (90% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • 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)
  • however = regardless of how
  • 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)
  • however = regardless of how
  • 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)
  • however = regardless of how
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However much the difficulty of understanding the causes may be increased, we never reach a conception of complete freedom, that is, an absence of cause.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (96% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However we may increase our knowledge of the conditions of space in which man is situated, that knowledge can never be complete, for the number of those conditions is as infinite as the infinity of space.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (96% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • However we may prolong the period of time between the action we are examining and the judgment upon it, that period will be finite, while time is infinite, and so in this respect too there can never be absolute inevitability.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (96% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • From the standpoint from which the science of history now regards its subject on the path it now follows, seeking the causes of events in man's freewill, a scientific enunciation of those laws is impossible, for however man's free will may be restricted, as soon as we recognize it as a force not subject to law, the existence of law becomes impossible.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (98% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in War and Peace.

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3  —3 uses as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • They forgot that the frightened face and the figure could not be altered, and that however they might change the setting and adornment of that face, it would still remain piteous and plain.
    Book Three — 1805 (20% in)
however = in whatever way
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • But much as all the rest laughed, talked, and joked, much as they enjoyed their Rhine wine, saute, and ices, and however they avoided looking at the young couple, and heedless and unobservant as they seemed of them, one could feel by the occasional glances they gave that the story about Sergey Kuzmich, the laughter, and the food were all a pretense, and that the whole attention of that company was directed to—Pierre and Helene.
    Book Three — 1805 (11% in)
  • however = in whatever way
  • In her behavior to her mother Natasha seemed rough, but she was so sensitive and tactful that however she clasped her mother she always managed to do it without hurting her or making her feel uncomfortable or displeased.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (47% in)
however = in whatever way
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in War and Peace.

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?  —14 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • But however indubitable that conclusion and the officer's conviction based upon it, Pierre felt it necessary to disillusion him.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (75% in)
  • Several persons, among them the elderly lady and Anna Pavlovna, did however smile.
    Book One — 1805 (17% in)
  • I absolutely must see him, however painful it may be for me.
    Book One — 1805 (44% in)
  • The princess looked in a scared way at her father's eyes glittering close to her; the red patches on her face came and went, and it was plain that she understood nothing and was so frightened that her fear would prevent her understanding any of her father's further explanations, however clear they might be.
    Book One — 1805 (81% in)
  • However painful it may be to me, should the Almighty lay the duties of wife and mother upon me I shall try to perform them as faithfully as I can, without disquieting myself by examining my feelings toward him whom He may give me for husband.
    Book One — 1805 (85% in)
  • In the organism of states such men are necessary, as wolves are necessary in the organism of nature, and they always exist, always appear and hold their own, however incongruous their presence and their proximity to the head of the government may be.
    Book Nine — 1812 (17% in)
  • There are always so many conjectures as to the issue of any event that however it may end there will always be people to say: "I said then that it would be so," quite forgetting that amid their innumerable conjectures many were to quite the contrary effect.
    Book Ten — 1812 (1% in)
  • He longed to get into that water, however dirty it might be, and he glanced round at the pool from whence came sounds of shrieks and laughter.
    Book Ten — 1812 (16% in)
  • However tempting it might be for the French to blame Rostopchin's ferocity and for Russians to blame the scoundrel Bonaparte, or later on to place an heroic torch in the hands of their own people, it is impossible not to see that there could be no such direct cause of the fire, for Moscow had to burn as every village, factory, or house must burn which is left by its owners and in which strangers are allowed to live and cook their porridge.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (70% in)
  • Making a great effort she did however go to call on them a few weeks after her arrival in Moscow.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (46% in)
  • Every man, savage or sage, however incontestably reason and experiment may prove to him that it is impossible to imagine two different courses of action in precisely the same conditions, feels that without this irrational conception (which constitutes the essence of freedom) he cannot imagine life.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (90% in)
  • He feels that however impossible it may be, it is so, for without this conception of freedom not only would he be unable to understand life, but he would be unable to live for a single moment.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (90% in)
  • However inaccessible to us may be the cause of the expression of will in any action, our own or another's, the first demand of reason is the assumption of and search for a cause, for without a cause no phenomenon is conceivable.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (96% in)
  • (3) However accessible may be the chain of causation of any action, we shall never know the whole chain since it is endless, and so again we never reach absolute inevitability.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (96% in)

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