Leo Tolstoy

Photo of Leo Tolstoy
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (/ˈtoʊlstɔɪ, ˈtɒl-/; Russian: Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й, pronounced [lʲɛf nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj]; 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad. He also wrote plays and numerous philoso... More

Wikipedia

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

Leo Tolstoy #Change

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy #Change

Photo of Leo Tolstoy True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
Leo Tolstoy #Truth

Photo of 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 #Death

Photo of Leo Tolstoy All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
Leo Tolstoy #Men #Time

Photo of Leo Tolstoy If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.
Leo Tolstoy #Happiness

Photo of Leo Tolstoy If you want to be happy, be.
Leo Tolstoy #Happiness #Nature

Photo of Leo Tolstoy One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
Leo Tolstoy #Life

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.
Leo Tolstoy #Love

Photo of Leo Tolstoy All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
Leo Tolstoy #Love #Men

Photo of Leo Tolstoy If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
Leo Tolstoy #Music

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Leo Tolstoy #Patience #Time

Photo of Leo Tolstoy The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Leo Tolstoy #Government #Men

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
Leo Tolstoy #Amazing #Beauty

Photo of Leo Tolstoy It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Leo Tolstoy #Family

Photo of Leo Tolstoy All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy #Faith

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
Leo Tolstoy #God #Work

Photo of Leo Tolstoy In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Leo Tolstoy #Art

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
Leo Tolstoy #Truth

Photo of Leo Tolstoy There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
Leo Tolstoy #War

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

Photo of Leo Tolstoy War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.
Leo Tolstoy #Art #Food #Good #Men #Work

Photo of Leo Tolstoy To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.
Leo Tolstoy #Death

Photo of Leo Tolstoy Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.
Leo Tolstoy #Food #Life

Photo of Leo Tolstoy 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.
Leo Tolstoy #God #Men

Photo of Leo Tolstoy The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.