Famous Quotes by Leo Tolstoy |Short Quotes by Leo Tolstoy| Famous Peoples English Quotes

  1. If you want him defined, here he is a prime, well-fed beast such as takes medals at the cattle shows, and nothing more, he said, with a tone of vexation that interested her.
    No; how so? She replied. He’s seen a great deal, anyway; he’s cultured?
    It’s an utterly different culture—their culture. He’s cultivated, one sees, simply to be able to despise culture, as they despise everything but animal pleasures.
  2. 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!
  3. It is a harmful feeling because it disturbs advantageous and joyous, peaceful relations with other peoples, and above all produces that governmental organization under which power may fall, and does fall, into the hands of the worst men.
  4. If they’d told me at college that other people understood the integral calculus, and I didn’t, then pride would have come in.
  5. The relation of word to a thought and the creation of new concepts is a complex, delicate and enigmatic process unfolding in our souls.
  6. Men pray to the Almighty to relieve poverty. But poverty comes not from God’s laws-it is blasphemy of the worst kind to say that. Poverty comes from man’s injustice to his fellow man.
  7. There are two methods of human activity – and according to which one of these two kinds of activity people mainly follow, are there two kinds of people: One use their reason to learn what is good and what is bad and they act according to this knowledge; the other act as they want to and then they use their reason to prove that that which they did was good and that which they didn’t do was bad.
  8. To abolish war it is necessary to abolish patriotism and to abolish patriotism it is necessary first to understand that it is evil. Tell people that patriotism is bad and most will reply, ‘Yes, bad patriotism is bad, but mine is good patriotism.’
  9. Condemn me if you choose — I do that myself, — but condemn me, and not the path which I am following, and which I point out to those who ask me where, in my opinion, the path is.
  10. Government is violence, Christianity is meekness, non-resistance, and love. And, therefore, the government cannot be Christian, and a man who wishes to be a Christian must not serve the government.
  11. To destroy governmental violence, only one thing is needed: It is that people should understand that the feeling of patriotism, which alone supports that instrument of violence, is a rude, harmful, disgraceful, and bad feeling, and, above all, is immoral.
  12. I cannot recall those years without horror, loathing, and heart-rending pain. I killed people in war, challenged men to duels with the purpose of killing them, and lost at cards; I squandered the fruits of the peasants’ toil and then had them executed; I was a fornicator and a cheat. Lying, stealing, promiscuity of every kind, drunkenness, violence, murder — there was not a crime I did not commit… Thus I lived for ten years.
  13. It is this law of love and its recognition as a rule of conduct in all our relations with friends, enemies, and offenders which must inevitably bring about the complete transformation of the existing order of things,
    not only among Christian nations but among all the peoples of the globe
  14. The compassionate are not rich; therefore, the rich are not compassionate.
  15. When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.
  16. While imprisoned in the shed Pierre had learned not with his intellect but with his whole being, by life itself, that man is created for happiness, that happiness is within him, in the satisfaction of simple human needs, and that all unhappiness arises not from privation but from superfluity. And now during these last three weeks of the march he had learned still another new, consolatory truth- that nothing in this world is terrible. He had learned that as there is no condition in which man can be happy and entirely free, so there is no condition in which he need be unhappy and lack freedom. He learned that suffering and freedom have their limits and that those limits are very near together….
  17. Anna smiled, as people smile at the weaknesses of those they love…
  18. Everyone 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.
  19. Doctoring her seemed to her as absurd as putting together the pieces of a broken vase. Her heart was broken. Why would they try to cure her with pills and powders?
  20. Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
  21. 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.
  22. Pierre was one of those people who are strong only when they feel themselves perfectly pure.
  23. It is terrible when people do not know God, but it is worse when people identify as God what is not God.
  24. Every reform by violence is to be deprecated, because it does little to correct the evil while men remain as they are, and because wisdom has no need of violence.
  25. Humanity unceasingly strives forward from a lower, more partial, and obscure understanding of life to one more general and more lucid.
  26. Just when the question of how to live had become clearer to him, a new insoluble problem presented itself – Death.
  27. There it is!’ he thought with rapture. ‘When I was already in despair, and when it seemed there would be no end there it is! She loves me. She’s confessed it.
  28. Loving with human love, one may pass from love to hatred; but divine love cannot change. Nothing, not even death, can shatter it. It is all the very nature of the soul. Love is life. All, all that I understand, I understand only because of love. All is bound up in love alone. Love is God and dying means for me a particle of love, to go back to the universal and eternal source of love.
  29. Where is there any book of the law so clear to each man as that written in his heart?
  30. People involve themselves in countless activities which they consider to be important, but they forget about one activity that is more important and necessary than any other, and which includes all other things: the improvement of their soul
  31. The only significance of life consists in helping to establish the kingdom of God, and this can be done only by means of the acknowledgment and profession of the truth by each one of us.
  32. I was now prepared to accept any faith so long as it did not demand a direct denial of reason, which would have been deceit.
  33. How often we sin, how much we deceive, and all for what? All will end in death, all!
  34. 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 a pleasure…. People understand the meaning of art only when they cease to consider that the aim of that activity is beauty, i. e., pleasure.
  35. 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.
  36. You will die — and it will all be over. You will die and find out everything — or cease asking.
  37. Seas of blood have been shed for the sake of patriotism. One would expect the harm and irrationality of patriotism to be self-evident to everyone. But the surprising fact is that cultured and learned people not only do not notice the harm and stupidity of patriotism, they resist every unveiling of it with the greatest obstinacy and passion (with no rational grounds), and continue to praise it as beneficent and elevating.
  38. We live in this world like a child who enters a room where a clever person is speaking. The child did not hear the beginning of the speech, and he leaves before the end, and there are certain things that he hears but does not understand
  39. No one has yet added up all the heavy, stress-filled workdays as well as the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives that are wasted to produce the world’s amusements. It is for this reason that amusements are not so amusing.
  40. Science has adapted itself entirely to the wealthy classes and accordingly has set itself to heal those who can afford everything, and it prescribes the same methods for those who have nothing to spare.

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