Leo Tolstoy Quotes


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

Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence. Leo Tolstoy

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence. Leo Tolstoy

In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it. Leo Tolstoy

Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know. Leo Tolstoy

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. Leo Tolstoy

When we do not love, we sleep, we are children of the dust - but love, and you are a god, you are pure, as on the first day of creation. Leo Tolstoy

To love life is to love God. Harder and more blessed than all else is to love this life in one's sufferings, in undeserved sufferings. 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

Patriotism is a survival from barbarous times which must not only be evoked and educated but which must be eradicated by all means - by preaching, persuasion, contempt and ridicule. Leo Tolstoy

I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love. Leo Tolstoy

Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal - that there is no human relation between master and slave. Leo Tolstoy

Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power. Leo Tolstoy

To abolish war it is necessary to abolish patriotism, and to abolish patriotism it is necessary first to understand that it is an evil. Tell people that patriotism is bad and most will reply, 'Yes, bad patriotism is bad, but mine is good patriotism.' Leo Tolstoy

The law of violence is not a law, but a simple fact which can only be a law when it does not meet with protest and opposition. It is like the cold, darkness and weight, which people had to put up with until recently when warmth, illumination and leverage were discovered.... Leo Tolstoy

The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction...the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them. 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

she smiled at him, and at her own fears. Leo Tolstoy

God gave the day, God gave the strength. Leo Tolstoy

Energy is based on love. Leo Tolstoy



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