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Leo Tolstoy Quotes


A Russian writer, philosopher and social activist.
(1828 - 1910)

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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 resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
 

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
 

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
 

And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people.
 

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.
 

Art is a human activity, consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of external signs, hands on to others feelings he has worked through, and other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.
 

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
[Art]
 

Boredom: the desire for desires.
 

By words one transmits thoughts to another, by means of art, one transmits feelings.
 

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars.
[Christianity]
 

Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.
 

Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.
 

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

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.
 

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.
[Faith]
 

For us, with the rule of right and wrong given us by Christ, there is nothing for which we have no standard. And there is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
 

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
 

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
[Events]
 

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
 


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