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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich Tolstóy, IPA: [lʲef nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 9 September, [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November, [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. That he never won is a major controversy.

Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, Tolstoy is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. His fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.

In the 1870s, Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882). His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. He also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection (1899).

Quote: A bad mood is often the reason for blaming others; but very often blaming others causes bad feelings in us: The more we blame others, the worse we feel. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A bad mood is often the reason for blaming others; but very often blaming others causes bad feelings in us: The more we blame others, the worse we feel.


Quote: Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.


Quote: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.


Quote: I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means--except by getting off his back. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means--except by getting off his back.


Quote: A holy spirit lives within you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A holy spirit lives within you.


Quote: Every misconception is a poison: there are no harmless misconceptions. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Every misconception is a poison: there are no harmless misconceptions.


Quote: All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.


Quote: It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.


Quote: Life is a transition from one form to another. The life of this world is the material for a new form. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Life is a transition from one form to another. The life of this world is the material for a new form.


Quote: The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.


Quote: Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.


Quote: A cigar is a sort of thing, not exactly a pleasure, but the crown and outward sign of pleasure. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A cigar is a sort of thing, not exactly a pleasure, but the crown and outward sign of pleasure.


Quote: What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.


Quote: Time is a perpetual motion, without a single moment of rest. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Time is a perpetual motion, without a single moment of rest.


Quote: The first rule of achieving goodness is this: think only about self-perfection. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The first rule of achieving goodness is this: think only about self-perfection.


Quote: The earth is the general and equal possession of all humanity and therefore cannot be the property of individuals. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The earth is the general and equal possession of all humanity and therefore cannot be the property of individuals.


Quote: The Jew is the emblem of civil and religious toleration. Love the stranger and the sojourner, Moses commands, because you have been strangers in the land of Egypt. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The Jew is the emblem of civil and religious toleration. Love the stranger and the sojourner, Moses commands, because you have been strangers in the land of Egypt.


Quote: Pure and complete is as impossible as pure and complete joy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Pure and complete is as impossible as pure and complete joy.


Quote: Boredom, the desire for desires. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Boredom, the desire for desires.


Quote: These men are looked upon as the most malevolent, the most dangerous, and generally as the most unbelieving of all human beings, and yet they are the only men of our time believing in the Gospel doctrine, if not as a whole, at least in part. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

These men are looked upon as the most malevolent, the most dangerous, and generally as the most unbelieving of all human beings, and yet they are the only men of our time believing in the Gospel doctrine, if not as a whole, at least in part.


Quote: The cudgel of the people's war was lifted with all its menacing and majestic might, and caring nothing for good taste and procedure, with dull-witted simplicity but sound judgement it rose and fell, making no distinctions. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The cudgel of the people's war was lifted with all its menacing and majestic might, and caring nothing for good taste and procedure, with dull-witted simplicity but sound judgement it rose and fell, making no distinctions.


Quote: Truth, like gold is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Truth, like gold is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.


Quote: Happiness does not depend on outward things but on the way we see them. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Happiness does not depend on outward things but on the way we see them.


Quote: If you want to be happy, be! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you want to be happy, be!


Quote: Follow the best way of life you possibly can, and habit will make this way suitable and pleasant to you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Follow the best way of life you possibly can, and habit will make this way suitable and pleasant to you.


Quote: I often think how unfairly life's good fortune is sometimes distributed. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I often think how unfairly life's good fortune is sometimes distributed.


Quote: Love those you hate you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Love those you hate you.


Quote: Never did Christ utter a single word attesting to a personal resurrection and a life beyond the grave. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Never did Christ utter a single word attesting to a personal resurrection and a life beyond the grave.




Quote: And the cause of everything is that which we call God. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And the cause of everything is that which we call God.


Quote: I don't think anything, she said, but I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I don't think anything, she said, but I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be.


Quote: Anna smiled,as people smile at the weaknesses of those they love. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Anna smiled,as people smile at the weaknesses of those they love.


Quote: Whatever our fate is or may be, we have made it and do not complain of it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Whatever our fate is or may be, we have made it and do not complain of it.


Quote: I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt it in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt it in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.






Quote: Childhood candor... shall I ever find you again? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Childhood candor... shall I ever find you again?




Quote: There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way.


Quote: Except life's usual answer to the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: live in the needs of the day, that is find forgetfulness. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Except life's usual answer to the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: live in the needs of the day, that is find forgetfulness.


Quote: What's all this love of arguing? No one ever convinces anyone else. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What's all this love of arguing? No one ever convinces anyone else.


Quote: Debates conceal rather than reveal the truth. Truth is revealed in solitude. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Debates conceal rather than reveal the truth. Truth is revealed in solitude.


Quote: Can it be that I have overlooked something, that there is something which I have failed to understand? Is it not possible that this state of despair is common to everyone? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Can it be that I have overlooked something, that there is something which I have failed to understand? Is it not possible that this state of despair is common to everyone?


Quote: Man survives earthquakes, epidemics, the horrors of disease, and agonies of the soul, but all the time his most tormenting tragedy has been, is, and will always be, the tragedy of the bedroom. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Man survives earthquakes, epidemics, the horrors of disease, and agonies of the soul, but all the time his most tormenting tragedy has been, is, and will always be, the tragedy of the bedroom.


Quote: He began to pray, and was obsessed by the fear lest he should die without having done any good in the world; he longed to live, and to live so as to achieve the renunciation of self. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He began to pray, and was obsessed by the fear lest he should die without having done any good in the world; he longed to live, and to live so as to achieve the renunciation of self.


Quote: To destroy governmental violence, only one thing is needed: It is that people should understand that the feeling of patriotism, which alone supports that instrument of violence, is a rude, harmful, disgraceful, and bad feeling, and, above all, is immoral. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

To destroy governmental violence, only one thing is needed: It is that people should understand that the feeling of patriotism, which alone supports that instrument of violence, is a rude, harmful, disgraceful, and bad feeling, and, above all, is immoral.




Quote: You're not going to be different ... you're going to be the same as you've always been; with doubts, everlasting dissatisfaction with yourself, vain efforts to amend, and falls, and everlasting expectation, of a happiness which you won't get, and which isn't possible for you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

You're not going to be different ... you're going to be the same as you've always been; with doubts, everlasting dissatisfaction with yourself, vain efforts to amend, and falls, and everlasting expectation, of a happiness which you won't get, and which isn't possible for you.


Quote: I ask one thing only: I ask for the right to hope, to suffer as I do. But if even that cannot be, command me to disappear, and I disappear. You shall not see me if my presence is distasteful to you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I ask one thing only: I ask for the right to hope, to suffer as I do. But if even that cannot be, command me to disappear, and I disappear. You shall not see me if my presence is distasteful to you.


Quote: And the light by which she had read the book filled with troubles, falsehoods, sorrow, and evil, flared up more brightly than ever before, lighted up for her all that had been in darkness, flickered, began to grow dim, and was quenched forever. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And the light by which she had read the book filled with troubles, falsehoods, sorrow, and evil, flared up more brightly than ever before, lighted up for her all that had been in darkness, flickered, began to grow dim, and was quenched forever.


Quote: But really, why should you distress yourself? Whoever stirs up the past -- out with his eye! Who is not a sinner before God and to blame before the Tsar, as the saying is? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But really, why should you distress yourself? Whoever stirs up the past -- out with his eye! Who is not a sinner before God and to blame before the Tsar, as the saying is?


Quote: He looked at her as a man looks at a faded flower he has gathered , with difficulty recognizing the beauty for which he picked and ruined it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He looked at her as a man looks at a faded flower he has gathered , with difficulty recognizing the beauty for which he picked and ruined it.


Quote: The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible ... and to serve others as much as possible. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible ... and to serve others as much as possible.




Quote: In precisely the same way the specialty of government is not to obey, but to enforce obedience. And a government is only a government so long as it can make itself obeyed, and therefore it always strives for that and will never willingly abandon its power. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In precisely the same way the specialty of government is not to obey, but to enforce obedience. And a government is only a government so long as it can make itself obeyed, and therefore it always strives for that and will never willingly abandon its power.




Quote: It is not enough to be a hardworking person. Think: what do you work at? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It is not enough to be a hardworking person. Think: what do you work at?


Quote: Just fancy! One can hear and see the grass growing,' thought Levin, as he noticed wet slate-coloured aspen leaf move close to the point of a blade of grass. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Just fancy! One can hear and see the grass growing,' thought Levin, as he noticed wet slate-coloured aspen leaf move close to the point of a blade of grass.


Quote: All governments are in equal measure good and evil. The best ideal is anarchy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All governments are in equal measure good and evil. The best ideal is anarchy.




Quote: Once we're thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it's only here that the new and the good begins. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Once we're thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it's only here that the new and the good begins.


Quote: Every man had his personal habits, passions, and impulses toward goodness, beauty, and truth. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Every man had his personal habits, passions, and impulses toward goodness, beauty, and truth.


Quote: I have learned what must be, and therefore have come to see the whole horror of what is. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I have learned what must be, and therefore have come to see the whole horror of what is.


Quote: The activity of art is... as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The activity of art is... as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal.


Quote: The improvement of life was only accomplished to the extent to which it was based on a change of consciousness, that is, to the extent to which the law of violence was replaced in men's consciousness by the law of love. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The improvement of life was only accomplished to the extent to which it was based on a change of consciousness, that is, to the extent to which the law of violence was replaced in men's consciousness by the law of love.


Quote: Nekhlúdoff clearly saw that all these people were arrested, locked up, exiled, not really because they transgressed against justice or behaved unlawfully, but only because they were an obstacle hindering the officials and the rich from enjoying the property they had taken away from the people. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Nekhlúdoff clearly saw that all these people were arrested, locked up, exiled, not really because they transgressed against justice or behaved unlawfully, but only because they were an obstacle hindering the officials and the rich from enjoying the property they had taken away from the people.- black text on quotes background

Nekhlúdoff clearly saw that all these people were arrested, locked up, exiled, not really because they transgressed against justice or behaved unlawfully, but only because they were an obstacle hindering the officials and the rich from enjoying the property they had taken away from the people.




Quote: But Levin was in love, and so it seemed to him that Kitty was so perfect in every respect that she was a creature far above everything earthly; and that he was a creature so low and so earthly that it could not even be conceived that other people and she herself could regard him as worthy of her. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: But Levin was in love, and so it seemed to him that Kitty was so perfect in every respect that she was a creature far above everything earthly; and that he was a creature so low and so earthly that it could not even be conceived that other people and she herself could regard him as worthy of her.- black text on quotes background

But Levin was in love, and so it seemed to him that Kitty was so perfect in every respect that she was a creature far above everything earthly; and that he was a creature so low and so earthly that it could not even be conceived that other people and she herself could regard him as worthy of her.


Quote: Often a man goes on for years imaging that the religious teaching that had been imparted to him since childhood is still intact, while all the time there is not a trace of it left in him. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Often a man goes on for years imaging that the religious teaching that had been imparted to him since childhood is still intact, while all the time there is not a trace of it left in him.


Quote: The Jew -- is the symbol of eternity. … He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The Jew -- is the symbol of eternity. … He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.


Quote: Blessed are the peacemakers; theirs is the kingdom of heaven. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Blessed are the peacemakers; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Quote: In order to get the power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness, but with qualities which are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, cruelty. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In order to get the power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness, but with qualities which are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, cruelty.


Quote: The only happy marriages I know are arranged ones. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The only happy marriages I know are arranged ones.


Quote: How can one be well...when one suffers morally? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

How can one be well...when one suffers morally?


Quote: But she was not even grateful to him for it; nothing good on Pierre's part seemed to her to be an effort, it seemed so natural for him to be kind to everyone that there was no merit in his kindness. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But she was not even grateful to him for it; nothing good on Pierre's part seemed to her to be an effort, it seemed so natural for him to be kind to everyone that there was no merit in his kindness.




Quote: One is ashamed to say how little is needed for all men to be delivered from those calamities which now oppress them; it is only needful not to lie. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One is ashamed to say how little is needed for all men to be delivered from those calamities which now oppress them; it is only needful not to lie.


Quote: There was no answer, except the general answer life gives to all the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: one must live for the needs of the day, in other words, become oblivious. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

There was no answer, except the general answer life gives to all the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: one must live for the needs of the day, in other words, become oblivious.


Quote: It is a rude feeling, because it is natural only to people standing on the lowest level of morality, and expecting from other nations such outrages as they themselves are ready to inflict. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It is a rude feeling, because it is natural only to people standing on the lowest level of morality, and expecting from other nations such outrages as they themselves are ready to inflict.


Quote: He felt like a man who, after straining his eyes to peer into the remote distance, finds what he was seeking at his very feet. All his life he had been looking over the heads of those around him, while he had only to look before him without straining his eyes. p 1320. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

He felt like a man who, after straining his eyes to peer into the remote distance, finds what he was seeking at his very feet. All his life he had been looking over the heads of those around him, while he had only to look before him without straining his eyes. p 1320.




Quote: Upon meeting, you're judged by your clothes, upon parting you're judged by your wits. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Upon meeting, you're judged by your clothes, upon parting you're judged by your wits.


Quote: And people strive not for the good in life, but for goods they can call their own. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And people strive not for the good in life, but for goods they can call their own.


Quote: Life is too long to say anything definitely; always say perhaps. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Life is too long to say anything definitely; always say perhaps.


Quote: He was one of those diplomats who like and know how to work, and, despite his laziness, he occasionally spent nights at his desk. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He was one of those diplomats who like and know how to work, and, despite his laziness, he occasionally spent nights at his desk.


Quote: By patriotism is meant, not only spontaneous, instinctive love for one's own nation, and preference for it above all other nations, but also the belief that such love and preference are good and useful. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

By patriotism is meant, not only spontaneous, instinctive love for one's own nation, and preference for it above all other nations, but also the belief that such love and preference are good and useful.


Quote: You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom.


Quote: As often happens between men who have chosen different pursuits, each, while in argument justifying the other's activity, despised it in the depth of his heart. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

As often happens between men who have chosen different pursuits, each, while in argument justifying the other's activity, despised it in the depth of his heart.


Quote: Well, pray if you like, only you'd do better to use your judgment. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Well, pray if you like, only you'd do better to use your judgment.


Quote: If goodness has causes, it is not goodness; if it has effects, a reward, it is not goodness either. So goodness is outside the chain of cause and effect. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If goodness has causes, it is not goodness; if it has effects, a reward, it is not goodness either. So goodness is outside the chain of cause and effect.


Quote: I can't understand how anyone can write without rewriting everything over and over again. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I can't understand how anyone can write without rewriting everything over and over again.




Quote: The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.


Quote: But if Christianity really gives peace, and we really want peace, patriotism is a survival from barbarous times, which must not only not be evoked and educated, as we now do, but which must be eradicated by all means, by means of preaching, persuasion, contempt, and ridicule. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

But if Christianity really gives peace, and we really want peace, patriotism is a survival from barbarous times, which must not only not be evoked and educated, as we now do, but which must be eradicated by all means, by means of preaching, persuasion, contempt, and ridicule.


Quote: It was clear that everything considered important and good was insignificant and repulsive, and that all this glamour and luxury hid the old well-known crimes, which not only remained unpunished but were adorned with all the splendor men can devise. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It was clear that everything considered important and good was insignificant and repulsive, and that all this glamour and luxury hid the old well-known crimes, which not only remained unpunished but were adorned with all the splendor men can devise.


Quote: Live in the needs of the day. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Live in the needs of the day.


Quote: He was always in a hurry to get where he was not. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He was always in a hurry to get where he was not.


Quote: I was shy by nature, and rendered worse in that respect by a consciousness of my own ugliness. I am certain that nothing so much influences the development of a man as his exterior--though the exterior itself less than his belief in its plainness or beauty. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I was shy by nature, and rendered worse in that respect by a consciousness of my own ugliness. I am certain that nothing so much influences the development of a man as his exterior--though the exterior itself less than his belief in its plainness or beauty.








Quote: While I doubted, I had hope; but now there is no hope left and all the same I doubt everything. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

While I doubted, I had hope; but now there is no hope left and all the same I doubt everything.




Quote: Levin tried to drink a little coffee, and put a piece of roll into his mouth, but his mouth could do nothing with it. He took the piece out of his mouth, put on his overcoat and went out to walk about again. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Levin tried to drink a little coffee, and put a piece of roll into his mouth, but his mouth could do nothing with it. He took the piece out of his mouth, put on his overcoat and went out to walk about again.


Quote: And so there was no single cause for war, but it happened simply because it had to happen. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And so there was no single cause for war, but it happened simply because it had to happen.


Quote: Everything was made bright by her. She was the smile that shed light all around her. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Everything was made bright by her. She was the smile that shed light all around her.


Quote: Not having yet passed through those bitter experiences which enforce upon older years circumspection and coldness, I deprived myself of the pure delight of a fresh, childish instinct for the absurd purpose of trying to resemble grown-up people. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Not having yet passed through those bitter experiences which enforce upon older years circumspection and coldness, I deprived myself of the pure delight of a fresh, childish instinct for the absurd purpose of trying to resemble grown-up people.


Quote: I endeavor to recall the happy comforting dreams interrupted by my returning to consciousness of reality, but to my astonishment so soon as I recapture the thread of my former reverie I find it impossible to go on with it and, most astonishing of all, my imaginings no longer afford me any pleasure. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: I endeavor to recall the happy comforting dreams interrupted by my returning to consciousness of reality, but to my astonishment so soon as I recapture the thread of my former reverie I find it impossible to go on with it and, most astonishing of all, my imaginings no longer afford me any pleasure.- black text on quotes background

I endeavor to recall the happy comforting dreams interrupted by my returning to consciousness of reality, but to my astonishment so soon as I recapture the thread of my former reverie I find it impossible to go on with it and, most astonishing of all, my imaginings no longer afford me any pleasure.


Quote: A true work of art is the revelation of a new conception of life arising in the artist's soul, which, when expressed, lights up the path along with humanity progresses. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A true work of art is the revelation of a new conception of life arising in the artist's soul, which, when expressed, lights up the path along with humanity progresses.


Quote: Besides, to fall out of love and in love at the same time is to love twice as deeply as one did before. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Besides, to fall out of love and in love at the same time is to love twice as deeply as one did before.






Quote: It seems to me that what we call beauty in a face lies in the smile: if the smile heightens the charm of the face, the face is a beautiful one; if it does not alter it, the face is ordinary, and if it is spoilt by a smile, it is ugly. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It seems to me that what we call beauty in a face lies in the smile: if the smile heightens the charm of the face, the face is a beautiful one; if it does not alter it, the face is ordinary, and if it is spoilt by a smile, it is ugly.


Quote: Hard as Stepan Arkadyich tried to be a solicitous father and husband, he never could remember that he had a wife and children. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Hard as Stepan Arkadyich tried to be a solicitous father and husband, he never could remember that he had a wife and children.


Quote: I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.


Quote: Don't seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Don't seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.


Quote: An agile but unintelligent and abnormal German, possessed of the mania of grandeur. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

An agile but unintelligent and abnormal German, possessed of the mania of grandeur.


Quote: Much unhappiness has come from things left unsaid. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Much unhappiness has come from things left unsaid.




Quote: Vengeance is mine; I will repay. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Vengeance is mine; I will repay.


Quote: Everything presents itself to me, in the coarsest, most loathsome light. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Everything presents itself to me, in the coarsest, most loathsome light.


Quote: It's hard to love a woman and do anything. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It's hard to love a woman and do anything.


Quote: One must be cunning and wicked in this world. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One must be cunning and wicked in this world.


Quote: Life consists in penetrating the unknown, and fashioning our actions in accord with the new knowledge thus acquired. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Life consists in penetrating the unknown, and fashioning our actions in accord with the new knowledge thus acquired.




Quote: Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence.






Quote: But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all.






Quote: There never has been and cannot be a good life without self-control. Apart from self-control no good life is imaginable. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

There never has been and cannot be a good life without self-control. Apart from self-control no good life is imaginable.






Quote: The most important time is Now. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The most important time is Now.


Quote: There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before.


Quote: Konstantin Levin did not like talking and hearing about the beauty of nature. Words for him took away the beauty of what he saw. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Konstantin Levin did not like talking and hearing about the beauty of nature. Words for him took away the beauty of what he saw.


Quote: Well, my theory is this: war is such a terrible, such an atrocious, thing that no man, at least no Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of beginning it; but it belongs to government alone, when it becomes inevitable. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Well, my theory is this: war is such a terrible, such an atrocious, thing that no man, at least no Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of beginning it; but it belongs to government alone, when it becomes inevitable.






Quote: One need only to admit that public tranquillity is in danger and any action finds a justification. All the horrors of the reign of terror were based only on solicitude for public tranquillity. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One need only to admit that public tranquillity is in danger and any action finds a justification. All the horrors of the reign of terror were based only on solicitude for public tranquillity.


Quote: Men pray to the Almighty to relieve poverty. But poverty comes not from God's laws-it is blasphemy of the worst kind to say that. Poverty comes from man's injustice to his fellow man. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Men pray to the Almighty to relieve poverty. But poverty comes not from God's laws-it is blasphemy of the worst kind to say that. Poverty comes from man's injustice to his fellow man.


Quote: Anna had the faculty of blushing. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Anna had the faculty of blushing.


Quote: I have found that a #story leaves a deeper impression when it is impossible to tell which side the author is on. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I have found that a #story leaves a deeper impression when it is impossible to tell which side the author is on.


Quote: We have become so accustomed to the religious lie that surrounds us that we do not notice the atrocity, stupidity and cruelty with which the teaching of the Christian church is permeated. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

We have become so accustomed to the religious lie that surrounds us that we do not notice the atrocity, stupidity and cruelty with which the teaching of the Christian church is permeated.






Quote: Man's mind cannot grasp the causes of events in their completeness, but the desire to find the causes is implanted in man's soul. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Man's mind cannot grasp the causes of events in their completeness, but the desire to find the causes is implanted in man's soul.


Quote: A new conception of life cannot be imposed on men; it can only be freely assimilated. And it can only be freely assimilated in two ways: one spiritual and internal, the other experimental and external. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A new conception of life cannot be imposed on men; it can only be freely assimilated. And it can only be freely assimilated in two ways: one spiritual and internal, the other experimental and external.


Quote: Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man's life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man's life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.


Quote: Today, nobody sees, or wishes to see, that in our time the enslavement of the majority of men is based on money taxes, levied on land and otherwise, which are collected by government from the subjects. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Today, nobody sees, or wishes to see, that in our time the enslavement of the majority of men is based on money taxes, levied on land and otherwise, which are collected by government from the subjects.


Quote: Every revolution by force only puts more violent means of enslavement into the hands of the persons in power. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Every revolution by force only puts more violent means of enslavement into the hands of the persons in power.


Quote: I have discovered nothing. I have only found out what I knew. I understand the force that in the past gave me life, and now too gives me life. I have been set free from falsity, I have found the Master. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I have discovered nothing. I have only found out what I knew. I understand the force that in the past gave me life, and now too gives me life. I have been set free from falsity, I have found the Master.


Quote: To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed through words, so to convey this so that others may experience the same feeling -- this is the activity of art. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed through words, so to convey this so that others may experience the same feeling -- this is the activity of art.


Quote: What doubt can you have of the Creator when you behold His creation?... Who has decked the heavenly firmament with its stars? Who has clothed the earth in its beauty? How could it be without the creator? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What doubt can you have of the Creator when you behold His creation?... Who has decked the heavenly firmament with its stars? Who has clothed the earth in its beauty? How could it be without the creator?


Quote: We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand). by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand).


Quote: We should show life neither as it is or as it ought to be, but only as we see it in our dreams. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

We should show life neither as it is or as it ought to be, but only as we see it in our dreams.




Quote: Happiness is in your ability to love others. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of pink tree

Happiness is in your ability to love others.


Quote: Where there is love, there is God also. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Where there is love, there is God also.


Quote: Then we should find some artificial inoculation against love, as with smallpox. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Then we should find some artificial inoculation against love, as with smallpox.


Quote: By digging into our souls, we often dig up what might better have remained there unnoticed. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

By digging into our souls, we often dig up what might better have remained there unnoticed.


Quote: In marriage the great thing was love, and that with love one would always be happy, for happiness rests only on oneself. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In marriage the great thing was love, and that with love one would always be happy, for happiness rests only on oneself.


Quote: People are always happy where there is love, because their happiness in in themselves. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

People are always happy where there is love, because their happiness in in themselves.




Quote: He was fond of angling, and seemed proud of being able to like such a stupid occupation. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He was fond of angling, and seemed proud of being able to like such a stupid occupation.


Quote: After the doctor's departure Koznyshev felt inclined to go to the river with his fishing rod. He was fond of angling, and seemed proud of being able to like such a stupid occupation. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

After the doctor's departure Koznyshev felt inclined to go to the river with his fishing rod. He was fond of angling, and seemed proud of being able to like such a stupid occupation.






Quote: The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation.


Quote: As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields.


Quote: Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.


Quote: We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand). The more we try to explain such events in history reasonably, the more unreasonable and incomprehensible do they become to us. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand). The more we try to explain such events in history reasonably, the more unreasonable and incomprehensible do they become to us.


Quote: A Gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A Gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated.


Quote: Christian love comes from the understanding that there is a unity of divine origins in oneself and in other people, and not only in people, but in all living things. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Christian love comes from the understanding that there is a unity of divine origins in oneself and in other people, and not only in people, but in all living things.




Quote: We live in this world like a child who enters a room where a clever person is speaking. The child did not hear the beginning of the speech, and he leaves before the end; and there are certain things which he hears but does not understand. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

We live in this world like a child who enters a room where a clever person is speaking. The child did not hear the beginning of the speech, and he leaves before the end; and there are certain things which he hears but does not understand.


Quote: Power is the relation of a given person to other persons, in which the more this person expresses opinions, theories and justifications of the collective action the less is his participation in that action. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Power is the relation of a given person to other persons, in which the more this person expresses opinions, theories and justifications of the collective action the less is his participation in that action.


Quote: A man can spend several hours sitting cross-legged in the same position if he knows that noting prevents him from changing it; but if he knows that he has to sit with his legs crossed like that, he will get cramps, his legs will twitch and strain towards where he would like to stretch them. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: A man can spend several hours sitting cross-legged in the same position if he knows that noting prevents him from changing it; but if he knows that he has to sit with his legs crossed like that, he will get cramps, his legs will twitch and strain towards where he would like to stretch them.- black text on quotes background

A man can spend several hours sitting cross-legged in the same position if he knows that noting prevents him from changing it; but if he knows that he has to sit with his legs crossed like that, he will get cramps, his legs will twitch and strain towards where he would like to stretch them.


Quote: All these institutions prisons seemed purposely invented for the production of depravity and vice, condensed to such a degree that no other conditions could produce it, and for the spreading of this condensed depravity and vice broadcast among the whole population. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

All these institutions prisons seemed purposely invented for the production of depravity and vice, condensed to such a degree that no other conditions could produce it, and for the spreading of this condensed depravity and vice broadcast among the whole population.




Quote: The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.


Quote: Division of labor is a justification for sloth. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Division of labor is a justification for sloth.


Quote: When you feel the desire for power, you should stay in solitude for some time. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

When you feel the desire for power, you should stay in solitude for some time.


Quote: If religion is the establishing of a relationship between man and the universe, then morality is the explanation of those activities that automatically result when a person maintains a relationship to the universe. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If religion is the establishing of a relationship between man and the universe, then morality is the explanation of those activities that automatically result when a person maintains a relationship to the universe.




Quote: The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed.- black text on quotes background

The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed.


Quote: In order to correctly define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and consider it as one of the conditions of human life. ...Reflecting on it in this way, we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of effective communication between people. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: In order to correctly define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and consider it as one of the conditions of human life. ...Reflecting on it in this way, we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of effective communication between people.- black text on quotes background

In order to correctly define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and consider it as one of the conditions of human life. ...Reflecting on it in this way, we cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of effective communication between people.


Quote: Religions are the exponents of the highest comprehension of life... within a given age in a given society... a basis for evaluating human sentiments. If feelings bring people nearer to the religion's ideal... they are good; if these estrange them from it, and oppose it, they are bad. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Religions are the exponents of the highest comprehension of life... within a given age in a given society... a basis for evaluating human sentiments. If feelings bring people nearer to the religion's ideal... they are good; if these estrange them from it, and oppose it, they are bad.- black text on quotes background

Religions are the exponents of the highest comprehension of life... within a given age in a given society... a basis for evaluating human sentiments. If feelings bring people nearer to the religion's ideal... they are good; if these estrange them from it, and oppose it, they are bad.


Quote: Excuse me' he added, taking the opera glasses out of her hands and looking over her bare shoulder at the row of boxes opposite, 'i'm afraid i'm becoming ridiculous. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Excuse me' he added, taking the opera glasses out of her hands and looking over her bare shoulder at the row of boxes opposite, 'i'm afraid i'm becoming ridiculous.




Quote: God forgive me everything!' she said, feeling the impossibility of struggling. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

God forgive me everything!' she said, feeling the impossibility of struggling.


Quote: He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love.


Quote: I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love.


Quote: God knows, but He's waiting. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

God knows, but He's waiting.


Quote: It's all God's will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It's all God's will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.


Quote: He liked to fish; he seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He liked to fish; he seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation.


Quote: In former times the chief method of justifying the use of violence and thereby infringing the law of love was by claiming a divine right for the rulers: the Tsars, Sultans, Rajahs, Shahs and other heads of states. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In former times the chief method of justifying the use of violence and thereby infringing the law of love was by claiming a divine right for the rulers: the Tsars, Sultans, Rajahs, Shahs and other heads of states.


Quote: Very often, all the activity of the human mind is directed not in revealing the truth, but in hiding the truth. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Very often, all the activity of the human mind is directed not in revealing the truth, but in hiding the truth.


Quote: I began to realize that the most profound wisdom of man was rooted in the answers given by faith and that I did not have the right to deny them on the grounds of reason; above all, I realized that these answers alone can form a reply to the question of life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I began to realize that the most profound wisdom of man was rooted in the answers given by faith and that I did not have the right to deny them on the grounds of reason; above all, I realized that these answers alone can form a reply to the question of life.


Quote: If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.


Quote: Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I'm alive, I must live and be happy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I'm alive, I must live and be happy.


Quote: Vegetarianism is the taproot of humanitarianism. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Vegetarianism is the taproot of humanitarianism.


Quote: Woman is more impressionable than man. Therefore in the Golden Age they were better than men. Now they are worse. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Woman is more impressionable than man. Therefore in the Golden Age they were better than men. Now they are worse.


Quote: Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.


Quote: Here I am alive, and it's not my fault, so I have to try and get by as best I can without hurting anybody until death takes over. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Here I am alive, and it's not my fault, so I have to try and get by as best I can without hurting anybody until death takes over.




Quote: Why should I live? Why should I do anything? Is there in life any purpose which the inevitable death that awaits me does not undo and destroy? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Why should I live? Why should I do anything? Is there in life any purpose which the inevitable death that awaits me does not undo and destroy?


Quote: Our body is a machine for living. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Our body is a machine for living.




Quote: Suddenly I heard the words of Christ and understood them, and life and death ceased to seem to me evil, and instead of despair I experienced happiness and the joy of life undisturbed by death. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Suddenly I heard the words of Christ and understood them, and life and death ceased to seem to me evil, and instead of despair I experienced happiness and the joy of life undisturbed by death.


Quote: Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.


Quote: He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes like those in the world. There was only one creature in the world who could concentrate for him all the brightness and meaning of life. It was she. It was Kitty. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes like those in the world. There was only one creature in the world who could concentrate for him all the brightness and meaning of life. It was she. It was Kitty.




Quote: It is terrible when people do not know God, but it is worse when people identify as God what is not God. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It is terrible when people do not know God, but it is worse when people identify as God what is not God.


Quote: What is important is not the length of life, but the depth of life. What is important is not to make life longer, but to take your soul out of time, as every sublime act does. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What is important is not the length of life, but the depth of life. What is important is not to make life longer, but to take your soul out of time, as every sublime act does.


Quote: ٰThe Most difficult thing but an essential one -- is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all, Life is God, and to love Life means to love God. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

ٰThe Most difficult thing but an essential one -- is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all, Life is God, and to love Life means to love God.


Quote: Just think! This whole world of ours is only a speck of mildew sprung up on a tiny planet, yet we think we can have something great -- thoughts,, actions! They are all but grains of sand. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Just think! This whole world of ours is only a speck of mildew sprung up on a tiny planet, yet we think we can have something great -- thoughts,, actions! They are all but grains of sand.


Quote: Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion... peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means -- by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspections... It should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion... peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means -- by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspections... It should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity.


Quote: Do not resist the evil-doer and take no part in doing so, either in the violent deeds of the administration, in the law courts, the collection of taxes, or above all in soldiering, and no one in the world will be able to enslave you. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Do not resist the evil-doer and take no part in doing so, either in the violent deeds of the administration, in the law courts, the collection of taxes, or above all in soldiering, and no one in the world will be able to enslave you.


Quote: Life is fragile and absurd. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of red fire illustration

Life is fragile and absurd.




Quote: Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.


Quote: Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul, and shows to people these secrets which are common to all. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul, and shows to people these secrets which are common to all.


Quote: Dear Lord, what a madhouse the world is! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Dear Lord, what a madhouse the world is!


Quote: Both salvation and punishment for man lie in the fact that if he lives wrongly he can befog himself so as not to see the misery of his position. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Both salvation and punishment for man lie in the fact that if he lives wrongly he can befog himself so as not to see the misery of his position.


Quote: I'll tell you truly: I value my thought and work terribly, but in essence -- think about it -- this whole world of ours is just a bit of mildew that grew over a tiny planet. And we think we can have something great -- thoughts, deeds! They're all grains of sand. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I'll tell you truly: I value my thought and work terribly, but in essence -- think about it -- this whole world of ours is just a bit of mildew that grew over a tiny planet. And we think we can have something great -- thoughts, deeds! They're all grains of sand.


Quote: Love alone is the only reasonable activity or pursuit of humankind....Fo r Love not only annihilates our fear of meaninglessness but empowers us to seek the happiness of others. And this indeed is our greatest happiness. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Love alone is the only reasonable activity or pursuit of humankind....Fo r Love not only annihilates our fear of meaninglessness but empowers us to seek the happiness of others. And this indeed is our greatest happiness.


Quote: Too much polishing and you spoil things. There's a limit to the expressibility of ideas. You have a new thought, an interesting one. Then, as you try to perfect it, it ceases to be new and interesting, and loses the freshness with which it first occurred to you. You're spoiling it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Too much polishing and you spoil things. There's a limit to the expressibility of ideas. You have a new thought, an interesting one. Then, as you try to perfect it, it ceases to be new and interesting, and loses the freshness with which it first occurred to you. You're spoiling it.- black text on quotes background

Too much polishing and you spoil things. There's a limit to the expressibility of ideas. You have a new thought, an interesting one. Then, as you try to perfect it, it ceases to be new and interesting, and loses the freshness with which it first occurred to you. You're spoiling it.


Quote: Eating meat is a leftover of the greatest brutality killing; the transition to vegetarianism is the first and most natural consequence of enlightenment. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Eating meat is a leftover of the greatest brutality killing; the transition to vegetarianism is the first and most natural consequence of enlightenment.


Quote: Vegetarianism serves as the criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Vegetarianism serves as the criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere.


Quote: From the child of five to myself is but a step. But from the newborn baby to the child of five is an appalling distance. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

From the child of five to myself is but a step. But from the newborn baby to the child of five is an appalling distance.


Quote: He remembered his mother's love for him, and his family's, and his friends', and the enemy's intention to kill him seemed impossible. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He remembered his mother's love for him, and his family's, and his friends', and the enemy's intention to kill him seemed impossible.


Quote: Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Man by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life.


Quote: The best thoughts most often come in the morning after waking, while still in bed or while walking. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The best thoughts most often come in the morning after waking, while still in bed or while walking.




Quote: I had begun to feel that life was a repetition of the same thing; that there was nothing new either in me or in him; and that, on the contrary, we kept going back as it were on what was old. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I had begun to feel that life was a repetition of the same thing; that there was nothing new either in me or in him; and that, on the contrary, we kept going back as it were on what was old.


Quote: Levin had long before made the observation that when one is uncomfortable with people from their being excessively amenable and meek, one is apt very soon after to find things intolerable from their touchiness and irritability. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Levin had long before made the observation that when one is uncomfortable with people from their being excessively amenable and meek, one is apt very soon after to find things intolerable from their touchiness and irritability.


Quote: The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of None

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.




Quote: They were dealt with as in war, and they naturally employed the means that were used against them. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

They were dealt with as in war, and they naturally employed the means that were used against them.




Quote: Stepan Arkadyevitch had not chosen his political opinions or his views; these political opinions and views had come to him of themselves, just as he did not choose the shapes of his hat and coat, but simply took those that were being worn. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Stepan Arkadyevitch had not chosen his political opinions or his views; these political opinions and views had come to him of themselves, just as he did not choose the shapes of his hat and coat, but simply took those that were being worn.


Quote: The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction...the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction...the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them.


Quote: In the spiritual realm nothing is indifferent: what is not useful is harmful. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In the spiritual realm nothing is indifferent: what is not useful is harmful.


Quote: Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it.


Quote: Just imagine that the purpose of life is happinesss only- 
 then life becomes a cruel and senseless thing.You have to embrace what the wisdom of humanity,your intellect and your heart tell you: that the meaning of life is to serve the force that sent you into the world.Then life becomes a joy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Just imagine that the purpose of life is happinesss only- 
 then life becomes a cruel and senseless thing.You have to embrace what the wisdom of humanity,your intellect and your heart tell you: that the meaning of life is to serve the force that sent you into the world.Then life becomes a joy.- black text on quotes background

Just imagine that the purpose of life is happinesss only-
then life becomes a cruel and senseless thing.You have to embrace what the wisdom of humanity,your intellect and your heart tell you: that the meaning of life is to serve the force that sent you into the world.Then life becomes a joy.


Quote: Wealth brings a heavy purse; poverty, a light spirit. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Wealth brings a heavy purse; poverty, a light spirit.


Quote: The epitaph that I would write for history would say: I conceal nothing. It is not enough not to lie. One should strive not to lie in a negative sense by remaining silent. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The epitaph that I would write for history would say: I conceal nothing. It is not enough not to lie. One should strive not to lie in a negative sense by remaining silent.


Quote: I think that when you remember, remember, remember everything like that, you could go on until you remember what was there before you were in the world. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I think that when you remember, remember, remember everything like that, you could go on until you remember what was there before you were in the world.


Quote: Always wetweating-always wetweating! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Always wetweating-always wetweating!


Quote: Woman is deprived of rights from lack of education, and the lack of education results from the absence of rights. We must not forget that the subjection of women is so complete, and dates from such ages back that we are often unwilling to recognise the gulf that separates them from us. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Woman is deprived of rights from lack of education, and the lack of education results from the absence of rights. We must not forget that the subjection of women is so complete, and dates from such ages back that we are often unwilling to recognise the gulf that separates them from us.- black text on quotes background

Woman is deprived of rights from lack of education, and the lack of education results from the absence of rights. We must not forget that the subjection of women is so complete, and dates from such ages back that we are often unwilling to recognise the gulf that separates them from us.




Quote: To regard Christ as God, and to pray to him, are to my mind the greatest possible sacrilege. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

To regard Christ as God, and to pray to him, are to my mind the greatest possible sacrilege.




Quote: It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create.


Quote: The question of how things will settle down is the only important question. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The question of how things will settle down is the only important question.




Quote: If you do not know your place in the world and the meaning of your life, you should know there is something to blame; and it is not the social system, or your intellect, but the way in which you have directed your intellect. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you do not know your place in the world and the meaning of your life, you should know there is something to blame; and it is not the social system, or your intellect, but the way in which you have directed your intellect.


Quote: The life of our class, of the wealthy and the learned, was not only repulsive to me but had lost all meaning. The sum of our action and thinking, of our science and art, all of it struck me as the overindulgences of a spoiled child. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The life of our class, of the wealthy and the learned, was not only repulsive to me but had lost all meaning. The sum of our action and thinking, of our science and art, all of it struck me as the overindulgences of a spoiled child.


Quote: It occurred to him that his scarcely perceptible attempts to struggle against what was considered good by the most highly placed people, those scarcely noticeable impulses which he had immediately suppressed, might have been the real thing, and all the rest false. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It occurred to him that his scarcely perceptible attempts to struggle against what was considered good by the most highly placed people, those scarcely noticeable impulses which he had immediately suppressed, might have been the real thing, and all the rest false.


Quote: I do value my work awfully; but in reality only consider this: all this world of ours is nothing but a speck of mildew, which has grown up on a tiny planet. And for us to suppose we can have something great -- ideas, work -- it's all dust and ashes. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I do value my work awfully; but in reality only consider this: all this world of ours is nothing but a speck of mildew, which has grown up on a tiny planet. And for us to suppose we can have something great -- ideas, work -- it's all dust and ashes.


Quote: This is where the strength of the physician lies, be he a quack, a homeopath or an allopath. He supplies the perennial demand for comfort, the craving for sympathy that every human sufferer feels. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

This is where the strength of the physician lies, be he a quack, a homeopath or an allopath. He supplies the perennial demand for comfort, the craving for sympathy that every human sufferer feels.




Quote: If the thought ever comes to you that everything that you have thought about God is mistaken and that there is no God, do not be dismayed. It happens to many people. But do not think that the source of your unbelief is that there is no God. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If the thought ever comes to you that everything that you have thought about God is mistaken and that there is no God, do not be dismayed. It happens to many people. But do not think that the source of your unbelief is that there is no God.






Quote: Art lifts man from his personal life into the universal life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Art lifts man from his personal life into the universal life.


Quote: If you want to be happy, be happy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you want to be happy, be happy.


Quote: Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.




Quote: All men's instincts, all their impulses in life, are efforts to increase their freedom. Wealth and poverty, health and disease, culture and ignorance, labor and leisure, repletion and hunger, virtue and vice, are all terms for greater or less degree of freedom. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All men's instincts, all their impulses in life, are efforts to increase their freedom. Wealth and poverty, health and disease, culture and ignorance, labor and leisure, repletion and hunger, virtue and vice, are all terms for greater or less degree of freedom.


Quote: I asked: 'What is the meaning of my life, beyond time, cause, and space?' And I replied to quite another question: 'What is the meaning of my life within time, cause, and space?' With the result that, after long efforts of thought, the answer I reached was: 'None'. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

I asked: 'What is the meaning of my life, beyond time, cause, and space?' And I replied to quite another question: 'What is the meaning of my life within time, cause, and space?' With the result that, after long efforts of thought, the answer I reached was: 'None'.


Quote: I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be.


Quote: When I have one foot in the grave, I will tell the whole truth about women. I shall tell it, jump into my coffin, pull the lid over me and say, Do what you like now. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

When I have one foot in the grave, I will tell the whole truth about women. I shall tell it, jump into my coffin, pull the lid over me and say, Do what you like now.


Quote: And so he who looks down at his feet will not know the truth, but he who discerns by the sun which way to go. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And so he who looks down at his feet will not know the truth, but he who discerns by the sun which way to go.


Quote: Anna spoke not only naturally and intelligently, but intelligently and casually, without attaching any value to her own thoughts, yet giving great value to the thoughts of the one she was talking to. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Anna spoke not only naturally and intelligently, but intelligently and casually, without attaching any value to her own thoughts, yet giving great value to the thoughts of the one she was talking to.


Quote: Great works of art are only great because they are accessible and comprehensible to everyone. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Great works of art are only great because they are accessible and comprehensible to everyone.


Quote: A Christian cannot help being free, because in the pursuit and attainment of his object, no one can either hinder or retard him. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A Christian cannot help being free, because in the pursuit and attainment of his object, no one can either hinder or retard him.




Quote: Whenever my life came to a halt, the questions would arise: Why? And what next? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Whenever my life came to a halt, the questions would arise: Why? And what next?


Quote: And so the liberal tendency became a habit with Stepan Arkadyich, and he liked his newspaper, as he liked a cigar after dinner, for the slight haze it produced in his head. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And so the liberal tendency became a habit with Stepan Arkadyich, and he liked his newspaper, as he liked a cigar after dinner, for the slight haze it produced in his head.


Quote: When politics and home life have become one and the same thing, ... then,... it is evident that we will be in a state of total liberty or anarchy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

When politics and home life have become one and the same thing, ... then,... it is evident that we will be in a state of total liberty or anarchy.


Quote: How strange it is that when I was a child I tried to be like a grownup, yet as soon as I ceased to be a child I often longed to be like one. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

How strange it is that when I was a child I tried to be like a grownup, yet as soon as I ceased to be a child I often longed to be like one.


Quote: What is reason given me for, if I am not to use it to avoid bringing unhappy beings into the world! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What is reason given me for, if I am not to use it to avoid bringing unhappy beings into the world!


Quote: If you once realize that to-morrow, if not to-day, you will die and nothing will be left of you, everything becomes insignificant! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you once realize that to-morrow, if not to-day, you will die and nothing will be left of you, everything becomes insignificant!




Quote: He had learned that, as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free, so there is no situation in the world in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He had learned that, as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free, so there is no situation in the world in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree.


Quote: I say that the God who created the world in six days and who sent His son, and also his son himself, are not God, but that God is the one existing, incomparable good, the beginning of everything. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I say that the God who created the world in six days and who sent His son, and also his son himself, are not God, but that God is the one existing, incomparable good, the beginning of everything.




Quote: Since corrupt people unite amongst themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Since corrupt people unite amongst themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same.


Quote: What time can be more beautiful when the one in which the finest virtues, innocent cheerfulness and indefinable longing for love constitute the sole motives of your life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What time can be more beautiful when the one in which the finest virtues, innocent cheerfulness and indefinable longing for love constitute the sole motives of your life.




Quote: The most important person is the one you are with in this moment. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The most important person is the one you are with in this moment.


Quote: The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow- witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow- witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.- black text on quotes background

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow- witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.




Quote: The magnanimity and sensibility of a lady who faints when she sees a calf being killed: she is so kindhearted that she can't look at blood, but enjoys eating the calf served up with sauce. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The magnanimity and sensibility of a lady who faints when she sees a calf being killed: she is so kindhearted that she can't look at blood, but enjoys eating the calf served up with sauce.




Quote: The business of art lies just in this -- to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and inaccessible. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The business of art lies just in this -- to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and inaccessible.




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