Leo Tolstoy Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Leo Tolstoy quotes and Leo Tolstoy sayings, and Leo Tolstoy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral."

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

"Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person."

"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity."

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

"Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself."

"War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves."

"True life is lived when tiny changes occur."

"The earth is the general and equal possession of all humanity and therefore cannot be the property of individuals."

"An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person’s main task in life becoming a better person."

"Boredom: the desire for desires."

"He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began."

"By patriotism is meant, not only spontaneous, instinctive love for one’s own nation, and preference for it above all other nations, but also the belief that such love and preference are good and useful."

"If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content."

"If you want to be happy, be."

"God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part."

"Music is the shorthand of emotion."

"Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them."

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

"Respect is an invention of people who want to cover up the empty place where love should be."

"What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility."

"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor ? such is my idea of happiness."

"Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace."

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

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

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