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Nationality: Russian
Date of Birth: 09/09/1828




 

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
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Boredom: the desire for desires.
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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.
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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.
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We lost because we told ourselves we lost.
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True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
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There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
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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.
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If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
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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.
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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
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Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
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If you want to be happy, be.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.
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All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
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Music is the shorthand of emotion.
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Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
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