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Sophia Tolstoy

"I am to gratify his pleasure and nurse his child, I am a piece of household furniture, I am a woman."

Sophia Tolstoy, 1863, in O.A. Golinenko et al., eds., The Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy (1985)

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"How I regret now that my perpetual emotional dependence on the man I love has killed all my other talents -- my energy too: and I had such a lot of that once."

Sophia Tolstoy, 1890, in O.A. Golinenko et al., eds., The Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy (1985)

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"I never had time to do anything for myself. I've always had to subordinate my energy and time to the demands of my husband and children at any given moment. And now old age has crept up on me and I have used up all my mental and physical strength on my family ..."

Sophia Tolstoy, 1897, in O.A. Golinenko et al., eds., The Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy (1985)

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"... family relationships have made me so ill!"

Sophia Tolstoy, 1897, in O.A. Golinenko et al., eds., The Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy (1985)

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Sophia Tolstoy, Russian diarist
(1844 - 1919)

Full name: Sonya Andreyevna Behrs Tolstoy.