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Anna Karenina (Character)
from Anna Karenina (1914)

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Anna Karenina (1935)
Anna Karenina: You know, Dolly, men like Stiva aren't really conscious of deception at all. They put their wives and homes in one compartment... and these other women into another.

Vronsky: Our meetings are so brief, the dance also.
Anna Karenina: But our reunions are so frequent.
Vronsky: When I leave you, I'm lost in a world of strangers. When I touch your hand, we're alone.
Anna Karenina: [Smiling as she switches dance partners] I return you to the world!

Anna Karenina: I didn't know you were going back to St. Petersburg so soon. Why this change of plan?
Vronsky: Why? To be where you are. You know that. Forgive me, I... I had to say it.
Anna Karenina: You shouldn't. You shouldn't. You must forget that you said it.
Vronsky: Nothing of you. I shall never forget anything of you.

Vronsky: I love your frown when you concentrate.
Anna Karenina: [playing croquet] How do you expect me to make this shot if you talk to me?

Karenin: For some time, I have known that in uniting my life to yours, I have made a mistake. But this I must bear for the sake of my public duty... and for the sake of my child. I believe in marriage as a sacrament. I could not consider myself justified in breaking the ties by which we are bound by a higher power. The family cannot be broken up by a... whim or a caprice or even by the... by the sin of one of the partners in the marriage. Our life must go on as it has done in the past.
Anna Karenina: But it can't go on.
Karenin: It must. I have stated these views in public, and I will not violate them in private.
Anna Karenina: Then you will not give me a divorce?
Anna Karenina: Never. Why should I? To permit you to legalize a sin? To justify your conduct and his? Never.

Anna Karenina: You say this knowing this I cannot do. There is no life for me without my child. To leave him would be infamous and base. I couldn't. And you know I couldn't.
Karenin: Very well. I can assume, then, that you will never again jeopardize my honor.
Anna Karenina: Oh, your honor! Your selfishness! Your hypocrisy! Your egotism! You've never considered me as a human being. Your social position and... your reputation. These must be kept up at what cost to those who are around you? At what cost?
Karenin: [Checking his pocket watch] It's time for my appointment at the ministry.

Anna Karenina: I feel pain. I feel tears.
Vronsky: Why?
Anna Karenina: Because I'm so happy. Not to think, only to live, only to feel.

Vronsky: You're trembling. Are you cold?
Anna Karenina: We'll be punished.
Vronsky: Punished?
Anna Karenina: For being so happy.

Anna Karenina: You should've married Kitty. You would've been much happier with her.
Vronsky: Anna, you brood to much. You spin fairy tales.
Anna Karenina: I face the truth.
Vronsky: What truth?
Anna Karenina: That one day I shall find myself... *ALONE*.

Vronsky: I want my comrades and my career! And love isn't everything.
Anna Karenina: One only says that when love is over.

Dolly: Sometimes I think... I compare my life to yours. You travel, you go to Italy, you do what you like. You are loved. While I... no ecstasy, no glamour, all the things you have. And Sergei? What of him?
Anna Karenina: I don't see him. Karenin won't let me see him.
Dolly: Oh. That must be hard.
Dolly: Well, whatever way one lives, there's a penalty, I suppose.


Anna Karenina (2012/I)
Anna Karenina: I was eighteen when I got married, but it was not love.

Alexei Karenin: I must warn you about something!
Anna Karenina: Warn me?
Alexei Karenin: You may, by indiscretion, give the world occasion to talk about you.

Anna Karenina: If you have any thought for me you will give me back my peace!
Count Vronsky: There can be no peace for us, only misery, and the greatest happiness.

Count Vronsky: I love you!
Anna Karenina: Why?
Count Vronsky: You can't ask Why about love!

Anna Karenina: I am not ashamed of who I am or what I've done. Are you ashamed for me?

Alexei Karenin: You begged me for my forgiveness.
Anna Karenina: But I didn't die and now I have to live with it.


Anna Karenina (1997)
Anna Karenina: What are you doing here?
Vronsky: You know that I have come to be where you are. I cannot help myself.