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Quotes by Leo Tolstoy (Page 3 of 3)

Quote: In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it.


Quote: Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.


Quote: He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.


Quote: Faith is the force of life. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of closeup photo of green leafed plant
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Faith is the force of life.


Quote: Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.


Quote: Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it.


Quote: As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields. A vegetarian diet is the acid test of humanitarianism. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields. A vegetarian diet is the acid test of humanitarianism.




Quote: 'Thou shalt not kill' does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings and this commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

'Thou shalt not kill' does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings and this commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.


Quote: This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer.


Quote: He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.


Quote: I have discovered nothing new; I have only perceived what I already knew. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

I have discovered nothing new; I have only perceived what I already knew.


Quote: Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels? by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels?


Quote: The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not informed 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 informed 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 informed 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 more upset a person is with other people, and with circumstances, and the more satisfied he is with himself, the further he is from wisdom. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

The more upset a person is with other people, and with circumstances, and the more satisfied he is with himself, the further he is from wisdom.


Quote: A wise man looks for everything inside of himself; a madman seeks for everything in others. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A wise man looks for everything inside of himself; a madman seeks for everything in others.


Quote: One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees.


Quote: It seems to me that what we call beauty in a face lies in the smile. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

It seems to me that what we call beauty in a face lies in the smile.


Quote: You should look in suffering for the seeds of your future spiritual growth, or the bitterness of suffering will be severe. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

You should look in suffering for the seeds of your future spiritual growth, or the bitterness of suffering will be severe.


Quote: There is no deed in this life so impossible that you cannot do it. Your whole life should be lived as an heroic deed. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

There is no deed in this life so impossible that you cannot do it. Your whole life should be lived as an heroic deed.


Quote: All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.


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

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


Quote: Art must destroy violence, only it can do it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Art must destroy violence, only it can do it.


Quote: Live your life in such a way that you neither hide nor have a wish to display your life to people. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Live your life in such a way that you neither hide nor have a wish to display your life to people.


Quote: Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs.


Quote: When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.


Quote: Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. 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 Leo Tolstoy quote; white text on black background

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.


Quote: What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.


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

Boredom: the desire for desires.


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

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


Quote: All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.


Quote: To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.


Quote: Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.


Quote: A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.


Quote: In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.


Quote: Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.


Quote: If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.


Quote: Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.


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