Tolstoy

+ 195 If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy


+ 217 Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy


+ 213 Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy


+ 257 The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy


+ 223 There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth. Leo Tolstoy


+ 249 The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. Leo Tolstoy


+ 263 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. Leo Tolstoy


+ 253 I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back. Leo Tolstoy


+ 215 The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy


+ 207 Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy


+ 264 Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. Leo Tolstoy


+ 208 True life is lived when tiny changes occur. Leo Tolstoy


+ 233 All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy


+ 209 Boredom: the desire for desires. Leo Tolstoy


+ 238 Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible. Leo Tolstoy


+ 288 All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy


+ 281 In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy


+ 229 Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six. Leo Tolstoy


+ 254 Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy


+ 210 It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy


+ 252 Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy


+ 216 It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy


+ 252 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. Leo Tolstoy


+ 273 If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. Leo Tolstoy


+ 244 We lost because we told ourselves we lost. Leo Tolstoy


+ 211 One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. Leo Tolstoy


+ 255 War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves. Leo Tolstoy


+ 218 Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us. Leo Tolstoy


+ 254 All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do. Leo Tolstoy


+ 293 The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. Leo Tolstoy


+ 255 If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love. Leo Tolstoy


+ 298 And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people. Leo Tolstoy


+ 239 The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded. Leo Tolstoy


+ 284 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. Leo Tolstoy


+ 232 Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. Leo Tolstoy


+ 272 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


+ 227 He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style. Leo Tolstoy


+ 260 Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself. Leo Tolstoy


+ 224 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. Leo Tolstoy


+ 255 War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. Leo Tolstoy


+ 232 Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. Leo Tolstoy


+ 224 We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening. Leo Tolstoy


+ 237 It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata


+ 241 Anything is better than lies and deceit! Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina


+ 286 Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist's discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer's frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrant nude differs from a nude by Manet. Arthur Koestler


+ 111 Thatís how stories happen ó with a turning point, an unexpected twist. Thereís only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. Itís like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


+ 160 While it's true that, as Tolstoy observed, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, and everyone on planet Earth, vale of tears that it is, is certainly entitled to the specificity of his or her suffering, one nonetheless likes to think that literature has the power to render comprehensible different kinds of unhappiness. If it can't do that, what's it good for? Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them