One Person Can Change Everything for Us

And if his life was important, if it differed from other lives, it was because even its smallest, seemingly mutest events took on meaning, and acquired a resonance of their own, from Ludmila’s presence in them. 
—Vasily Grossman, Stalingrad

And later, making my way through life, I gradually came to see that this brother was, as it were, a pointer and a destination from above in my fate, for if [Markel] had not appeared in my life, if he had not been at all, then never, perhaps, as I think, would I have entered monastic orders and set out upon this precious path.  
—Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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