Quotes About Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy
“it's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“I am always with myself, and it is I who am my tormentor.”
Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy
“He looked at her as a man might look at a faded flower he had plucked, in which it was difficult for him to trace the beauty that had made him pick and so destroy it”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“All we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the height of human wisdom.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
“But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“But that's the whole aim of civilization: to make everything a source of enjoyment.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“He knew she was there by the joy and terror that took possession of his heart [...] Everything was lit up by her. She was the smile that brightened everything around.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“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”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“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.”
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

Leo Tolstoy
“She put both her hands on his shoulders and gazed at him long, with a deep look of ecstasy and yet searchingly. She scrutinized his face to make up for the time she had not seen him. She compared, as she did at every interview with him, the image her fancy painted of him (incomparably finer than, and impossible in actual existence) with his real self”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“The more mental effort he made the clearer he saw that it was undoubtedly so: that he had really forgotten and overlooked one little circumstance in life - that Death would come and end everything, so that it was useless to begin anything, and that there was no help for it, Yes it was terrible but true”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“The acquisition by dishonest means and cunning,' said Levin, feeling that he was incapable of clearly defining the borderline between honesty and dishonesty. 'Like the profits made by banks,' he went on. 'This is evil, I mean, the acquisition of enormous fortunes without work, as it used to be with the spirit monopolists. Only the form has changed. Le roi est mort, vive le roi! Hardly were the monopolies abolished before railways and banks appeared: just another way of making money without work.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“I think love, both kinds of love, which you remember Plato defines in his "Symposium" - both kinds of love serve a touchstone for men. Some men understand only the one, some only the other. Those who understand only the non-platonic love need not speak of tragedy. For such love there can be no tragedy. "Thank you kindly for the pleasure, good bye," and that's the whole tragedy. And for the platonic love there can be no tragedy either, because there everything is clear and pure.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“I was wrong when I said that I did not regret the past. I do regret it; I weep for the past love which can never return. Who is to blame, I do not know. Love remains, but not the old love; its place remains, but it is all wasted away and has lost all strength and substance; recollections are still left, and gratitude; but...”
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

Leo Tolstoy
“Society in itself is no great harm, but unsatisfied social aspirations are a bad and ugly business. We must certainly accept, and we will.”
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

Leo Tolstoy
“In everything, almost in everything, I wrote I was guided by the need of collecting ideas which, linked together, would be the expression of myself, though each individual idea, expressed separately in words, loses its meaning, is horribly debased when only one of the links, of which it forms a part, is taken by itself. But the interlinking of these ideas is not, I think, an intellectual process, but something else, and it is impossible to express the source of this interlinking directly in words; it can only be done indirectly by describing images, actions, and situations in words.”
Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy
“Blessed are the peacemakers; theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“He understood that feeling of Levin's so well, knew that for Levin all the girls in the world were divided into two classes: one class included alll the girls in the world except her, and they had all the usual human failings and were very ordinary girls; while the other class - herself alone - had no weaknesses and was superior to all humanity.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making the person standing at your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Emperor's Three Questions

Leo Tolstoy
“The aim of civilization is to enable us to get enjoyment out of everything.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
“If he had a reason for preferring Liberalism to the Conservatism of many in his set, it was not that he considered Liberalism more reasonable, but because it suited his manner of life better.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“But in spacious, vigorous story-telling, in the use of an historical framework, in the relating of human events to a larger philosophical and spiritual context, in the deployment of fiction as a social and political weapon, in the exultation of 'the people' as a supreme authority, in the treatment of suffering as a dominant theme--in all these matters Hugo exerted a profound influence on Tolstoy.”
Peter Washington

Leo Tolstoy
“Oblonsy was fond of a pleasant joke, and sometimes liked to perplex a simple-minded man by observing that if you're going to be proud of your ancestry, why stop short at Prince Rurik and repudiate your oldest ancestor - the ape?”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“თანამედროვე დროს აუცილებელია დათმო გაცნობიერებული თავისუფლება და აღიარო შეუგრძნობადი ჩვენი დამოკიდებულება”
Leo Tolstoy

Elizabeth Wurtzel
“Tolstoy is frequently quoted as saying something about how all happy families are the same. but unhappy families are all unhappy in different ways. Of course he's got it totally wrong, completely ass-backward. Happiness is infinite in its variety, and happy people, happy families, can find their joy in so many different ways....
And all the unhappy families are all pretty much the same. All types of misery are identical at the core...”
Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Leo Tolstoy
“Todas as mulheres são mais materialistas do que os homens. Nós fazemos do amor algo enorme, mas elas sempre se mantém ‘terre-à-terre’.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“Sou amigo da divisão do trabalho. Pessoas que não fazem nada devem fazer pessoas, enquanto as demais devem contribuir para a instrução e a felicidade delas. Eis o que penso. Para confundir esses dois ofícios, há uma multidão de amadores, a cujo número não pertenço.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
“Ninguém está satisfeito com os bens que possui, mas todos estão satisfeitos com a inteligência que têm.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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