If you chase several hares at once, you won't undertake any one of them.
There's nothing in the world more difficult than candor, and nothing easier than flattery.
People point less often to these monks, and even pass them over in silence, and how surprised they would be if I were to say that from these meek ones, thirsting for solitary prayer, will perhaps come once again the salvation of the Russian land! For truly they are made ready in peace for the day and the hour, and the month and the year.
Russians alone are able to combine so many opposites in themselves at one and the same time.
People are alone on this earth—that's the problem!
You were destined for me. Perhaps as a punishment.