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quote by Leo Tolstoy: While I doubted, I had hope; but now there is no hope left and all the same I doubt everything. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 abou… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: And so there was no single cause for war, but it happened simply because it had to happen. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Everything was made bright by her. She was the smile that shed light all around her. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 p… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Besides, to fall out of love and in love at the same time is to love twice as deeply as one did before. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 i… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Hard as Stepan Arkadyich tried to be a solicitous father and husband, he never could remember that he had a wife and children. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: An agile but unintelligent and abnormal German, possessed of the mania of grandeur. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Much unhappiness has come from things left unsaid. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Much unhappiness has come from things left unsaid.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: Vengeance is mine; I will repay. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Vengeance is mine; I will repay.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Everything presents itself to me, in the coarsest, most loathsome light. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: It's hard to love a woman and do anything. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: One must be cunning and wicked in this world. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One must be cunning and wicked in this world.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Life consists in penetrating the unknown, and fashioning our actions in accord with the new knowledge thus acquired. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: There never has been and cannot be a good life without self-control. Apart from self-control no good life is imaginable. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: The most important time is Now. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The most important time is Now.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Konstantin Levin did not like talking and hearing about the beauty of nature. Words for him took away the beauty of what he saw. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 governm… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Anna had the faculty of blushing. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Anna had the faculty of blushing.

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 externa… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 subject… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Every revolution by force only puts more violent means of enslavement into the hands of the persons in power. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 Mast… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 crea… with background image: 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?

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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). with background image: 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).

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: We should show life neither as it is or as it ought to be, but only as we see it in our dreams. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: Happiness is in your ability to love others. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Happiness is in your ability to love others.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Where there is love, there is God also. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Where there is love, there is God also.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Then we should find some artificial inoculation against love, as with smallpox. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

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

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: In marriage the great thing was love, and that with love one would always be happy, for happiness rests only on oneself. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Leo Tolstoy

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

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy


quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 the… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: A Gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 … with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 … with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy



quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Division of labor is a justification for sloth. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Division of labor is a justification for sloth.

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

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 t… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy





quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

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

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

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

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: God knows, but He's waiting. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

God knows, but He's waiting.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: It's all God's will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: He liked to fish; he seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation. with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Leo Tolstoy: 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 he… with background image: 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.

--Leo Tolstoy

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