"There was a new feature in Pierre's relations with Wilarski, with the Princess, the doctor, and all the people he met now, which won him general good will. This was his recognition of the impossibility of changing a man's convictions by words, and his acknowledgement of the possibility of every man thinking, feeling, and seeing things his own way. This legitimate individuality of every man's views, which formerly troubled or irritiated Pierre, now became the basis of the sympathy he felt for other people and the interest that he took in them. The difference, sometimes the complete contradiction, between men's opinions and their lives, and between one man and another, pleased him and derw from him a gentle, ironic smile."
-War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy