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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: 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: 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: 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.






Quote: Government is violence, Christianity is meekness, non-resistance, love. And, therefore, government cannot be Christian, and a man who wishes to be a Christian must not serve government. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Government is violence, Christianity is meekness, non-resistance, love. And, therefore, government cannot be Christian, and a man who wishes to be a Christian must not serve government.


Quote: If Mormonism is able to endure, unmodified, until it reaches the third and fourth generation, it is destined to become the greatest power the world has ever known. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If Mormonism is able to endure, unmodified, until it reaches the third and fourth generation, it is destined to become the greatest power the world has ever known.


Quote: Death is more certain than the morrow, than night following day, than winter following summer. Why is it then that we prepare for the night and for the winter time, but do not prepare for death. We must prepare for death. But there is only one way to prepare for death -- and that is to live well. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Death is more certain than the morrow, than night following day, than winter following summer. Why is it then that we prepare for the night and for the winter time, but do not prepare for death. We must prepare for death. But there is only one way to prepare for death -- and that is to live well.- black text on quotes background

Death is more certain than the morrow, than night following day, than winter following summer. Why is it then that we prepare for the night and for the winter time, but do not prepare for death. We must prepare for death. But there is only one way to prepare for death -- and that is to live well.


Quote: One may deal with things without love...but you cannot deal with men without it...It cannot be otherwise, because natural love is the fundamental law of human life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One may deal with things without love...but you cannot deal with men without it...It cannot be otherwise, because natural love is the fundamental law of human life.


Quote: The political is not compatible with the artistic, because the former, in order to prove, has to be one-sided. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The political is not compatible with the artistic, because the former, in order to prove, has to be one-sided.


Quote: People understand the meaning of eating lies in the nourishment of the body only when they cease to consider that the object of that activity is pleasure. ...People understand the meaning of art only when they cease to consider that the aim of that activity is beauty, i.e., pleasure. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: People understand the meaning of eating lies in the nourishment of the body only when they cease to consider that the object of that activity is pleasure. ...People understand the meaning of art only when they cease to consider that the aim of that activity is beauty, i.e., pleasure.- black text on quotes background

People understand the meaning of eating lies in the nourishment of the body only when they cease to consider that the object of that activity is pleasure. ...People understand the meaning of art only when they cease to consider that the aim of that activity is beauty, i.e., pleasure.


Quote: If you see that some aspect of your society is bad, and you want to improve it, there is only one way to do so: you have to improve people. And in order to improve people, you begin with only ONE thing: you can become better yourself. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you see that some aspect of your society is bad, and you want to improve it, there is only one way to do so: you have to improve people. And in order to improve people, you begin with only ONE thing: you can become better yourself.


Quote: But there was something in her higher than what surrounded her. There was in her the glow of the real diamond among glass imitations. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But there was something in her higher than what surrounded her. There was in her the glow of the real diamond among glass imitations.


Quote: He suffered from an unlucky faculty--common to many men, especially Russians--the faculty of seeing and believing in the possibility of good and truth, and at the same time seeing too clearly the evil and falsity of life to be capable of taking a serious part in it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

He suffered from an unlucky faculty--common to many men, especially Russians--the faculty of seeing and believing in the possibility of good and truth, and at the same time seeing too clearly the evil and falsity of life to be capable of taking a serious part in it.


Quote: Kitty felt that Anna was perfectly unaffected and was not trying to conceal anything, but that she lived in another, higher world full of complex poetic interests beyond Kitty's reach. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Kitty felt that Anna was perfectly unaffected and was not trying to conceal anything, but that she lived in another, higher world full of complex poetic interests beyond Kitty's reach.


Quote: It is no sin to look at a nice girl. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It is no sin to look at a nice girl.


Quote: Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.- black text on quotes background

Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.


Quote: The chief attraction of military service has consisted and will consist in this compulsory and irreproachable idleness. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The chief attraction of military service has consisted and will consist in this compulsory and irreproachable idleness.


Quote: Pierre's madness consisted in not waiting, as he had formerly done, to discover personal attributes which he called good qualities in people before loving them: his heart overflowed with love, and by loving without cause he never failed to discover undeniable reasons for loving. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

Pierre's madness consisted in not waiting, as he had formerly done, to discover personal attributes which he called good qualities in people before loving them: his heart overflowed with love, and by loving without cause he never failed to discover undeniable reasons for loving.


Quote: Pretence about anything sometimes deceives the wisest and shrewdest man, but, however cunningly it is hidden, a child of the meanest capacity feels it and is repelled by it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Pretence about anything sometimes deceives the wisest and shrewdest man, but, however cunningly it is hidden, a child of the meanest capacity feels it and is repelled by it.


Quote: And yet, now that years have passed, I recall it and wonder that it could distress me so much. It will be the same thing, too, with this trouble. Time will go by and I shall not mind about this either. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And yet, now that years have passed, I recall it and wonder that it could distress me so much. It will be the same thing, too, with this trouble. Time will go by and I shall not mind about this either.


Quote: And whatever people might say about the time having come when young people must arrange their future for themselves, she could not believe it any more than she could believe that loaded pistols could ever be the best toys for five-year-old children. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And whatever people might say about the time having come when young people must arrange their future for themselves, she could not believe it any more than she could believe that loaded pistols could ever be the best toys for five-year-old children.




Quote: One needs a vision of the promised land in order to have the strength to move. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One needs a vision of the promised land in order to have the strength to move.


Quote: A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist.


Quote: Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won't come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won't come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn.


Quote: For if we allow that human life is always guided by reason, we destroy the premise that life is possible at all. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

For if we allow that human life is always guided by reason, we destroy the premise that life is possible at all.


Quote: And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy. In such love there can be no sort of tragedy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy. In such love there can be no sort of tragedy.




Quote: Death destroys the body, as the scaffolding is destroyed after the building is up and finished. And he whose building is up rejoices at the destruction of the scaffolding and of the body. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Death destroys the body, as the scaffolding is destroyed after the building is up and finished. And he whose building is up rejoices at the destruction of the scaffolding and of the body.


Quote: Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is great matter. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is great matter.


Quote: Always the same. Now a spark of hope flashes up, then a sea of despair rages, and always pain; always pain, always despair, and always the same. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Always the same. Now a spark of hope flashes up, then a sea of despair rages, and always pain; always pain, always despair, and always the same.


Quote: It's too easy to criticize a man when he's out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else's mistakes. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It's too easy to criticize a man when he's out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else's mistakes.


Quote: Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime.


Quote: Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions, which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to man in music, and in that is its power and significance. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions, which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to man in music, and in that is its power and significance.


Quote: War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.


Quote: The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery.


Quote: History is the product of vast, amorphous and indecipherable social movements. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

History is the product of vast, amorphous and indecipherable social movements.


Quote: The essence of any religion lies solely in the answer to the question: why do I exist, and what is my relationship to the infinite universe that surrounds me? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The essence of any religion lies solely in the answer to the question: why do I exist, and what is my relationship to the infinite universe that surrounds me?


Quote: Reason unites us, not only with our contemporaries, but with men who lived two thousand years before us, and with those who will live after us. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Reason unites us, not only with our contemporaries, but with men who lived two thousand years before us, and with those who will live after us.


Quote: We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins. While there is life there is happiness. There is much, much before us. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins. While there is life there is happiness. There is much, much before us.


Quote: Children: a torment and nothing more. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Children: a torment and nothing more.


Quote: Spiritual activity, education, civilization, culture, the idea are all vague, indefinite concepts, under the banner of which it is quite convenient to use words that have a still less clear meaning and therefore can easily be plugged into any theory. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Spiritual activity, education, civilization, culture, the idea are all vague, indefinite concepts, under the banner of which it is quite convenient to use words that have a still less clear meaning and therefore can easily be plugged into any theory.


Quote: Meanwhile spring arrived. My old dejection passed away and gave place to the unrest which spring brings with it, full of dreams and vague hopes and desires. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Meanwhile spring arrived. My old dejection passed away and gave place to the unrest which spring brings with it, full of dreams and vague hopes and desires.


Quote: The possibility of killing one's self is a safety valve. Having it, man has no right to say life is unbearable. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The possibility of killing one's self is a safety valve. Having it, man has no right to say life is unbearable.




Quote: Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers.


Quote: The key to success in life is using the good thoughts of wise people. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The key to success in life is using the good thoughts of wise people.


Quote: Every one who has a heart and eyes sees that you, working men, are obliged to pass your lives in want and in hard labor, which is useless to you, while other men, who do not work, enjoy the fruits of your labor that you are the slaves of these men, and that this ought not to exist. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of Leo Tolstoy quote: Every one who has a heart and eyes sees that you, working men, are obliged to pass your lives in want and in hard labor, which is useless to you, while other men, who do not work, enjoy the fruits of your labor that you are the slaves of these men, and that this ought not to exist.- black text on quotes background

Every one who has a heart and eyes sees that you, working men, are obliged to pass your lives in want and in hard labor, which is useless to you, while other men, who do not work, enjoy the fruits of your labor that you are the slaves of these men, and that this ought not to exist.




Quote: Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.




Quote: Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.


Quote: In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer.


Quote: The struggle with evil by means of violence is the same as an attempt to stop a cloud, in order that there may be no rain. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The struggle with evil by means of violence is the same as an attempt to stop a cloud, in order that there may be no rain.


Quote: Why nowadays there's a new fashion every day. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Why nowadays there's a new fashion every day.


Quote: You think that your laws correct evil -- they only increase it. There is but one way to end evil -- by rendering good for evil to all men without distinction. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

You think that your laws correct evil -- they only increase it. There is but one way to end evil -- by rendering good for evil to all men without distinction.


Quote: Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.






Quote: He stepped down, avoiding any long look at her as one avoids long looks at the sun, but seeing her as one sees the sun, without looking. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He stepped down, avoiding any long look at her as one avoids long looks at the sun, but seeing her as one sees the sun, without looking.


Quote: But there was another class of people, the real people. To this class they all belonged, and in it the great thing was to be elegant, generous, plucky, gay, to abandon oneself without a blush to every passion, and to laugh at everything else. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But there was another class of people, the real people. To this class they all belonged, and in it the great thing was to be elegant, generous, plucky, gay, to abandon oneself without a blush to every passion, and to laugh at everything else.


Quote: I felt a wish never to leave that room -- a wish that dawn might never come, that my present frame of mind might never change. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I felt a wish never to leave that room -- a wish that dawn might never come, that my present frame of mind might never change.


Quote: All we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the height of human wisdom. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the height of human wisdom.


Quote: An inner voice tells us we are in the wrong if we are idle. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

An inner voice tells us we are in the wrong if we are idle.


Quote: You can't imagine what a pleasure this complete laziness is to me: not a thought in my brain- you might send a ball rolling through it! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

You can't imagine what a pleasure this complete laziness is to me: not a thought in my brain- you might send a ball rolling through it!




Quote: The ideas of the wise have been tested by centuries. Everything medium is lost and only original, deep and useful things are left. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The ideas of the wise have been tested by centuries. Everything medium is lost and only original, deep and useful things are left.


Quote: Read less, study less, but think more. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Read less, study less, but think more.


Quote: And not only the pride of intellect, but the stupidity of intellect. And, above all, the dishonesty, yes, the dishonesty of intellect. Yes, indeed, the dishonesty and trickery of intellect. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

And not only the pride of intellect, but the stupidity of intellect. And, above all, the dishonesty, yes, the dishonesty of intellect. Yes, indeed, the dishonesty and trickery of intellect.


Quote: I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one's self simply, like a boy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one's self simply, like a boy.


Quote: Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. 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.


Quote: If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.


Quote: Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith.


Quote: A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.


Quote: She had no need to ask why he had come. She knew as certainly as if he had told her that he was here to be where she was. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

She had no need to ask why he had come. She knew as certainly as if he had told her that he was here to be where she was.


Quote: Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.


Quote: Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.


Quote: Everything intelligent is so boring. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Everything intelligent is so boring.


Quote: I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.


Quote: I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.


Quote: The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth.


Quote: Be bad, but at least don't be a liar, a deceiver! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Be bad, but at least don't be a liar, a deceiver!


Quote: Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life.


Quote: A battle is won by the side that is absolutely determined to win. Why did we lose the battle of Austerlitz? Our casualties were about the same as those of the French, but we had told ourselves early in the day that the battle was lost, so it was lost. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A battle is won by the side that is absolutely determined to win. Why did we lose the battle of Austerlitz? Our casualties were about the same as those of the French, but we had told ourselves early in the day that the battle was lost, so it was lost.




Quote: Yes indeed, of the essence... from the mouth of the Tsar! came the sobbing voice of Count Rostov from the back. He hadn't heard a word, but in his own way he seemed to understand. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Yes indeed, of the essence... from the mouth of the Tsar! came the sobbing voice of Count Rostov from the back. He hadn't heard a word, but in his own way he seemed to understand.




Quote: But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious, conventional types, and then--all the combinations made--they are tired of the fictitious figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious, conventional types, and then--all the combinations made--they are tired of the fictitious figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures.


Quote: My principal sin is doubt. I doubt everything, and am in doubt most of the time. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

My principal sin is doubt. I doubt everything, and am in doubt most of the time.


Quote: If once we admit, be it for a single hour or in a single instance, that there can be anything more important than compassion for a fellow human being, then there is no crime against man that we cannot commit with an easy conscience. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If once we admit, be it for a single hour or in a single instance, that there can be anything more important than compassion for a fellow human being, then there is no crime against man that we cannot commit with an easy conscience.


Quote: An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life--becoming a better person. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life--becoming a better person.


Quote: An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life -- becoming a better person. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life -- becoming a better person.


Quote: Am I mad, to see what others do not see, or are they mad who are responsible for all that I am seeing? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Am I mad, to see what others do not see, or are they mad who are responsible for all that I am seeing?


Quote: If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.


Quote: I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. 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 danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.


Quote: He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.


Quote: Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget.


Quote: One Cossack with a thin face burnt black by the sun, and evidently dead drunk, lay flat on his back under a wall which had been in the shade an hour or two earlier but was now exposed to the fierce slanting rays of the sun. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One Cossack with a thin face burnt black by the sun, and evidently dead drunk, lay flat on his back under a wall which had been in the shade an hour or two earlier but was now exposed to the fierce slanting rays of the sun.


Quote: All the true heroes of history will be forgotten and all the villains will be remembered as heroes. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All the true heroes of history will be forgotten and all the villains will be remembered as heroes.




Quote: I'm like a starving man who has been given food. Maybe he's cold, and his clothes are torn, and he's ashamed, but he's not unhappy. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I'm like a starving man who has been given food. Maybe he's cold, and his clothes are torn, and he's ashamed, but he's not unhappy.


Quote: Happy people have no history. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Happy people have no history.


Quote: Kings are the slaves of history. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Kings are the slaves of history.


Quote: All happy families are alike; 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 are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.


Quote: But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest.


Quote: To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it.


Quote: Anything is better than lies and deceit! by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Anything is better than lies and deceit!


Quote: Art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feeling. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feeling.


Quote: Our whole life is taken up with anxiety for personal security, with preparations for living, so that we really never live at all. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Our whole life is taken up with anxiety for personal security, with preparations for living, so that we really never live at all.


Quote: The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man.


Quote: The same question arose in every soul: For what, for whom, must I kill and be killed? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The same question arose in every soul: For what, for whom, must I kill and be killed?


Quote: The kinder and more intelligent a person is, the more kindness he can find in other people. Kindness enriches our life; with kindness mysterious things become clear, difficult things become easy and dull things become cheerful. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The kinder and more intelligent a person is, the more kindness he can find in other people. Kindness enriches our life; with kindness mysterious things become clear, difficult things become easy and dull things become cheerful.


Quote: Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait ... there is nothing stronger than these two: patience and time, they will do it all. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait ... there is nothing stronger than these two: patience and time, they will do it all.


Quote: She smiled at him, and at her own fears. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

She smiled at him, and at her own fears.


Quote: Birthdays are of no importance to a rational being. It's a day like any other on which one has to do one's work. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Birthdays are of no importance to a rational being. It's a day like any other on which one has to do one's work.


Quote: If you love me as you say you do,' she whispered, 'make it so that I am at peace. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If you love me as you say you do,' she whispered, 'make it so that I am at peace.


Quote: Without the support from religion -- remember, we talked about it -- no father, using only his own resources, would be able to bring up a child. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Without the support from religion -- remember, we talked about it -- no father, using only his own resources, would be able to bring up a child.


Quote: Each person's task in life is to become an increasingly better person. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Each person's task in life is to become an increasingly better person.




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