My young reputation attracted a number of strangers to our house. Several distinguished personages came to see me, among them the notorious Count Orloff, one of Peter the Third's assassins.
My indifference to money no doubt proceeded from the fact that wealth was not necessary to me.
On my arrival one of them brought in a jar of rose-water, with which he sprinkled my hands; then the tallest, whose name was Davich Kahn, gave me a sitting. I did him standing, with his hand on his dagger.
I remember being awakened one morning by voices in the room where I slept.
Suddenly an immense wave rose up like a raging mountain, caught the vessel and carried it towards the beach.
My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts
And then everything will be ended. Everything will be ended. I shall die with the dying year.
What if I should die suddenly, carried away by some swift disease? After my death they would search among my papers; my journal would be found, my family would destroy it, and in a short time, of me there would remain nothing—nothing—nothing!
Who can hope to attack effectively what indifference has made invincible?
I to bring to these people my spontaneous good-will; my art ... while on the other hand, they bring to me nothing but their unfriendly, inquisitive and mischievous selves.
I was in my bathtub when the first Big Berthe fell. It was evident that some new terror was upon us.
The town was on fire, the quarter where the poor Jews lived. They carried the bed and the mattress, the mother and the babe at her feet, to a safe place at the other end of town. But, first of all, I was born dead.
His appearance is notable because of his bushy beard ... believing as he does that complete freedom to produce must be granted to the innovator whose thought is elevated toward the beautiful and the good.
I was born undisciplineable. No one was ever able to make me stick to the rules, not even in my youngest days.
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