Leo Tolstoy Quotes & Wallpapers

Leo Tolstoy
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Why does man have reason if he can only be influenced by violence? Leo Tolstoy

The improvement of life was only accomplished to the extent to which it was based on a change of consciousness, that is, to the extent to which the law of violence was replaced in men's consciousness by the law of love. Leo Tolstoy

When it is impossible to stretch the very elastic threads of historical ratiocination any farther, when actions are clearly contrary to all that humanity calls right or even just, the historians produce a saving conception of 'greatness.' 'Greatness,' it seems, excludes the standards of right and wrong. For the 'great' man nothing is wrong, there is no atrocity for which a 'great' man can be blamed. Leo Tolstoy

Until you do what you believe in, you don't know whether you believe it or not. Leo Tolstoy

If I had any doubts at all about the justice of my dislike for Shakespeare, that doubt vanished completely. What a crude, immoral,vulgar, and senseless work Hamlet is. The whole thing is based on pagan vengeance; the only aim is to gather together as many effects as possible; there is no rhyme or reason about it. Leo Tolstoy

And the light by which she had read the book filled with troubles, falsehoods, sorrow, and evil, flared up more brightly than ever before, lighted up for her all that had been in darkness, flickered, began to grow dim, and was quenched forever. Leo Tolstoy

For a few seconds they looked silently into each other's eyes, and the distant and impossible suddenly became near, possible, and inevitable. Leo Tolstoy

The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn't gold Leo Tolstoy

A free thinker used to be a man who had been educated on ideas of religion, law, morality, and had arrived at free thought by virtue of his own struggle and toil; but now a new type of born freethinker has been appearing, who've never even heard that there have been laws of morality and religion, and that there are authorities, but who simply grow up with negative ideas about everything, that is savages. Leo Tolstoy

There is only one way to put an end to evil, and that is to do good for evil. Leo Tolstoy

The Kingdom of God is Within You, Leo Tolstoy

Under the influence of music, it seems that I feel what I do not really feel, that I understand what I do not understand, that I do what I cannot do. Leo Tolstoy

Act as if you are, and you will become such. Leo Tolstoy

In the town of Vladimir lived a young merchant named Ivan Dmitritch Aksyonof. He had two shops and a house of his own. Leo Tolstoy

God forgive me everything!" she said, feeling the impossibility of struggling... Leo Tolstoy

Stepan Arkadyevitch had not chosen his political opinions or his views; these political opinions and views had come to him of themselves, just as he did not choose the shapes of his hat and coat, but simply took those that were being worn. Leo Tolstoy

And once he had seen this, he could never again see it otherwise, just as we cannot reconstruct an illusion once it has been explained. Leo Tolstoy

But our idea is that the wolves should be fed and the sheep kept safe. Leo Tolstoy

The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience. Leo Tolstoy

And yet, now that years have passed, I recall it and wonder that it could distress me so much. It will be the same thing, too, with this trouble. Time will go by and I shall not mind about this either. Leo Tolstoy

I have learned what must be, and therefore have come to see the whole horror of what is. Leo Tolstoy

But the peasants - how do the peasants die? Leo Tolstoy

The goal of our life should not be to find joy in marriage, but to bring more love and truth into the world. We marry to assist each other in this task. The most selfish and hateful life of all is that of two beings who unite in order to enjoy life. The highest calling is that of the man who has dedicated his life to serving God and doing good, and who unites with a woman in order to further that purpose. Leo Tolstoy

I can't understand how anyone can write without rewriting everything over and over again. Leo Tolstoy

It is not enough to be a hardworking person. Think: what do you work at? Leo Tolstoy

He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes like those in the world. There was only one creature in the world who could concentrate for him all the brightness and meaning of life. It was she. It was Kitty. Leo Tolstoy

The example of a syllogism that he had studied in Kiesewetter's logic: Caius is a man, men are mortal, therefore Caius is mortal, had throughout his whole life seemed to him right only in relation to Caius, but not to him at all. Leo Tolstoy

War is not a polite recreation but the vilest thing in life, and we ought to understand that and not play at war. Leo Tolstoy

What doubt can you have of the Creator when you behold His creation?... Who has decked the heavenly firmament with its stars? Who has clothed the earth in its beauty? How could it be without the creator? Leo Tolstoy

Six feet of land was all that he needed. Leo Tolstoy

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here. Leo Tolstoy

A king is history's slave. Leo Tolstoy

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. Leo Tolstoy

A person who tries to find good outside himself, wither in this life or in the one to come, is making a mistake. Leo Tolstoy

If it seems to us that we are not satisfied with life, we should see this as a reason to be unsatisfied with ourselves. Leo Tolstoy

Follow the best way of life you possibly can, and habit will make this way suitable and pleasant to you. Leo Tolstoy

Justice is achieved not in striving for justice, but with love. Leo Tolstoy

Goodness lies in constantly striving for perfection. Leo Tolstoy

No matter how great our knowledge may be, it cannot help us fulfill our life's major purpose-our moral perfection. Leo Tolstoy

We cannot prevent birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from making nests on top of our heads. Similarly, bad thoughts sometimes appear in our mind, but we can choose whether we allow them to live there, to create a nest for themselves, and to breed evil deeds. Leo Tolstoy

Religion and law try to escape from criticism, religion by saying that it is divine and law by showing that it is powerful. Leo Tolstoy

What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty. Leo Tolstoy

Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won't come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn. Leo Tolstoy

There is no significant idea which cannot be explained to an intelligent twelve year old boy in fifteen minutes. Leo Tolstoy

Everything intelligent is so boring. Leo Tolstoy

Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult. Leo Tolstoy

God is the same everywhere. Leo Tolstoy

Teach French and unteach sincerity. Leo Tolstoy

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy

To know God and to live is the same thing. God is Life. Leo Tolstoy

Woman, you see, is an object of such a kind that study it as much as you will, it is always quite new. Leo Tolstoy

Religions are the exponents of the highest comprehension of life... within a given age in a given society... a basis for evaluating human sentiments. If feelings bring people nearer to the religion's ideal... they are good; if these estrange them from it, and oppose it, they are bad. Leo Tolstoy

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions, which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to man in music, and in that is its power and significance. Leo Tolstoy

We have become so accustomed to the religious lie that surrounds us that we do not notice the atrocity, stupidity and cruelty with which the teaching of the Christian church is permeated. Leo Tolstoy

How interesting it would be to write the story of the experiences in this life of a man who killed himself in his previous life; how he stumbles against the very demands which had offered themselves before, until he arrives at the realization that he must fulfill those demands. The deeds of the preceding life give direction to the present life. Leo Tolstoy

In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity. Leo Tolstoy

Why should I live? Why should I do anything? Is there in life any purpose which the inevitable death that awaits me does not undo and destroy? Leo Tolstoy

'Thou shalt not kill' does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings and this commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai. Leo Tolstoy

Do not be sad about what you do not have. Instead, be happy about what you do have. If you will be sad about what you don't have, you will not be happy about what you do have. Leo Tolstoy

A holy spirit lives within you. Leo Tolstoy

The kinder and more thoughtful a person is, the more kindness they can find in other people. Leo Tolstoy

I wanted to run after him, but remembered that it is ridiculous to run after one's wife's lover in one's socks; and I did not wish to be ridiculous but terrible. Leo Tolstoy

Then he thought himself unhappy, but happiness was all in the future; now he felt that the best happiness was already in the past. Leo Tolstoy

Music makes me forget myself, my true condition, it carries me off into another state of being, one that isn't my own Leo Tolstoy

If you want to be happy, be happy. Leo Tolstoy

Just imagine that the purpose of life is happinesss only- then life becomes a cruel and senseless thing.You have to embrace what the wisdom of humanity,your intellect and your heart tell you: that the meaning of life is to serve the force that sent you into the world.Then life becomes a joy Leo Tolstoy

When you say, 'I ca' do that,' you're expressing yourself incorrectly. You should say, 'I could' do that before.' Leo Tolstoy

Memento mori-remember death! These are important words. If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different. If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour. Perhaps you have half a century before you die-what makes this any different from a half hour? Leo Tolstoy

There was no solution, save that universal solution which life gives to all questions, even the most complex and insolvable: One must live in the needs of the day-that is, forget oneself. Leo Tolstoy

In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer... Leo Tolstoy



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