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100 phrases of Leo Tolstoy to think about

100 phrases of Leo Tolstoy to think about



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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer who is considered one of the best authors of all time.

Born into a Russian aristocratic family, he is known primarily for novels War and peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of Russian realism, alongside works by Fiódor Dostoyevski.

He obtained his first great literary success at his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, childhood and youth (1852-1856) and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based on his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of stories and several short novels such as The death of Ivan Ilich (1886), Family happiness (1859) and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.

In the 1870s, Tolstoy experienced a deep moral crisis, followed by what he considered an equally deep spiritual awakening, as described in his nonfiction work A confession (1882). He became a fervent anarchist and Christian pacifist. Tolstoy's ideas about nonviolent resistance, expressed in works such as The kingdom of God is within you (1894), had a profound impact on such fundamental figures of the twentieth century as Gandhi Y Martin Luther King, Jr.

Famous quotes from Leo Tolstoy

The secret of happiness is not always in doing what you want, but always in wanting what you do.

The only absolute knowledge that man can reach is that life has no meaning.

Congratulations look like every misfortune has a special physiognomy.

Ambition sister us well with goodness, but with pride, cunning and cruelty.

What age is better than that in which the 2 best virtues, innocent joy and the need to love, were the two wheels of life?

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but nobody thinks of changing himself.

If you seek perfection, you will never be happy.

Happiness does not depend on external things, but on the way we see them.

Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same need to love serves to counteract their pain and heal them.

If you want to be happy, I know.

If we admit that human life can be governed by reason, then every possibility of life is destroyed.

When you love someone, you love the person as he is, and not as you would like him to be.

My main sin is doubt. I doubt everything, and I am in doubt most of the time.

Is it really possible to tell another person what one feels?

I think it is true that there are as many minds as heads, there are as many types of love as there are hearts.

There is less charm in life when you think of death, but it is more peaceful.

Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

It is much better to do good in a way that nobody knows anything about it.

There are no conditions that a person cannot get used to, especially if they see that everyone around them lives the same way.

What a strange illusion is to assume that beauty is goodness.

It all depends on education.

All happy families are the same; Every unhappy family is unhappy in their own way.

Life did not stop and he had to live.

God is the same everywhere.

Money is a new form of slavery, which is only distinguished from the old one by the fact that it is impersonal that there is no human relationship between master and slave.

The government is an association of men who exercise violence over all others.

Without hypocrisy, lies, punishments, prisons, fortresses and crimes, no new power can arise or the existing one can be sustained.

Kings are the slaves of history.

He went down trying not to look at her for a long time, as if she were the sun, but he saw her, as one sees the sun, without looking.

The best stories do not come from good against bad, but from good against good.

They have no idea what happiness is, they don't know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us, there is no life.

Pure and complete pain is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

We walk to meet at the moment of our love and then we have irresistibly drifted in different directions, and there is no way to alter that.

In the name of God, stop for a moment, stop your work, look around.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

He looked at her like a man could look at a faded flower that he had plucked, in which he found it difficult to trace the beauty that had made him choose and destroy it.

If you love me as you say you do, he whispered, make him be at peace.

Rummaging through our souls, we often dig up something that should have been there without being seen.

Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fear of understanding things that clash with their own customs, privileges or beliefs. This mental state is not common, but it is essential to think correctly ...

Be mean, but at least don't be a liar!

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.

The wrong thing is still wrong because most participate in it.

Love. The reason I don't like that word is because it means so much to me, much more than you can understand.

Sometimes he didn't know what he feared, what he wanted: if he feared or wished what he had been or what he would be, and precisely what he wanted, he didn't know.

All great literature is one of two stories; A man goes on a trip or a stranger comes to town.

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made of lights and shadows.

You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with a divine love.

Am I crazy, to see what others do not see, or are those responsible for everything I am seeing crazy?

But the law of loving others cannot be discovered by reason, because it is not reasonable.

Spring is the time for plans and projects.

I often think that men do not understand what is noble and what is ignorance.

What counts to make a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.

Take advantage of the moments of happiness and love! That is the only reality in the world, everything else is crazy.

Everything I know, I know for love.

All we can know is that we know nothing. And that is the summit of human wisdom.

Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could say if what he said was very intelligent or very stupid.

I am like a hungry man who has been given food. Maybe he's cold, and his clothes are broken, and he's embarrassed, but he's not unhappy.

Man cannot possess anything as long as he is afraid of death. But for the one who does not fear, everything belongs to him.

If there were no suffering, man would not know his limits, he would not know himself.

Love those who hate you.

We are asleep until we fall in love!

He was afraid to desecrate the love that filled his soul.

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is, and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.

Now he felt that he was not only close to her, but he did not know where she ended and began.

Everything smart is so boring ...

What is worse, the wolf that cries before eating the lamb or the wolf that does not?

How can one be well ... when one suffers morally?

Music is the abbreviation of emotion.

Each heart has its own skeletons.

Instead of going to Paris to attend conferences, go to the public library, and you will not go out for twenty years, if you really want to learn.

Human science fragments everything to understand it, kills everything to examine it.

Telling the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely able to do it.

The Kingdom of God is within you.

Here I am alive, and it is not my fault, so I have to try to get ahead as best I can without hurting anyone until death takes over.

I am always with myself, and I am my own torturer.

Historians are like deaf people who continue to answer questions that nobody has asked them.

There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a small and bright light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.

Marriage, as it exists today, is the worst of all lies: The supreme form of selfishness.

The conjugal life is a boat that takes two people through a stormy sea. If one of the two makes some sudden movement, the boat sinks.

It is all the will of God: you can die while you sleep, and God can forgive you in battle.

Anything is better than lies and deception!

One must be cunning and evil in this world.

While there are slaughterhouses there will always be battlefields.

In the best case, praise or praise for the simplest and friendliest relationships is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep the wheels spinning.

If everyone fought for their own convictions, there would be no war.

Something magical has happened to me: like a dream when one feels fearful and scared, and suddenly wakes up knowing that there are no such terrors. I've woken up.

To get rid of an enemy one must love him.

I wanted movement and not a quiet existence course. I wanted emotion and danger, and the opportunity to sacrifice myself for my love.

Every lie is a poison; there are no harmless lies Only the truth is certain. Only the truth gives me comfort: it is the only unbreakable diamond.

Whatever our destiny or whatever, we have achieved it and cannot complain.

To educate the peasantry, three things are needed: schools, schools and schools.

In the middle of winter, I find the invisible summer inside me ...

Ivan Ilych's life had been the simplest and most ordinary, and therefore, the most terrible.

There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will always be, and there was yesterday, and there is a day before ...

Could it be that he has not lived as one should? Suddenly it came to mind. But how not, when I have done everything as it should be?

Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.

Nothing is as necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.

He went down, trying not to look at her intensely, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.

Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.

I'm glad you see me as I am. Above all, I would not like people to think that I want to try something. I don't want to prove anything, I just want to live; Do not cause harm to anyone but myself. I have that right, right?

For me, the whole world is divided into two parts: one is where she is, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness.

True life is lived when small changes occur.