Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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

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

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

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

A.J. Finn
“No family, happy or unhappy, is quite like any other. Tolstoy was chock-fullo’shit. Remember that.”
A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window

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

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
“Pierre's madness consisted in not waiting, as he had formerly done, to discover personal attributes which he called "good qualities" in people before loving them: his heart overflowed with love, and by loving without cause he never failed to discover undeniable reasons for loving.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
“The more men are freed from privation; the more telegraphs, telephones, books, papers, and journals there are; the more means there will be of diffusing inconsistent lies and hypocrisies, and the more disunited and consequently miserable will men become, which indeed is what we see actually taking place.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You

Leo Tolstoy
“It is dreadful that one cannot tear our the past by the roots. We cannot tear it out but we can hide the memory of it.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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

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

Leo Tolstoy
“- Я? Да, я озабочен; но, кроме того, меня это все стесняет, - сказал он. - Ты не можешь представить себе, как для меня, деревенского жителя, все это дико, как ногти того господина, которого я видел у тебя...
- Да, я видел, что ногти бедного Гриневича тебя очень заинтересовали, - смеясь, сказал Степан Аркадьич.
- Не могу, - отвечал Левин. - Ты постарайся, войди в меня, стань на точку зрения деревенского жителя. Мы в деревне стараемся привести свои руки в такое положение, чтоб удобно было ими работать; для этого обстригаем ногти, засучиваем иногда рукава. А тут люди нарочно отпускают ногти, насколько они могут держаться, и прицепляют в виде запонок блюдечки, чтоб уж ничего нельзя было делать руками.”
Leo Tolstoy, Анна Каренина. Том 1

Leo Tolstoy
“Hard as Stepan Arkadyich tried to be a solicitous father and husband, he never could remember that he had a wife and children.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Vol 3 of 8

Robert      Hunter
“Tolstoy was not associated with any revolutionary group but his writings had a tremendous influence. A continuous stream of Utopians, rebels and cranks passed in and out of his doors. When I was a guest at Yasnaya Polyana, his country estate, I was shocked by the depth of his despondency, and after he had forecast, with a foresight given only to genius, the bloody upheavals to come, I left his presence deeply regretting that age, moral distress and spiritual loneliness rendered him incapable of looking joyfully forward to what many believed would be the birth of a great and enduring democratic Russian Republic.”
Robert Hunter, Revolution Why, How, When?

Leo Tolstoy
“sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”
Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy
“There are no conditions of life to which a man cannot accustom himself, especially if he sees that every one around him lives in the same way.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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