Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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Boredom: the desire for desires.
— Leo Tolstoy

boredom

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
— Leo Tolstoy

music

Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
— Leo Tolstoy
Time is infinite movement without rest.
— Leo Tolstoy
The vocation of every man is to serve other people.
— Leo Tolstoy
Reason was given to people to help them escape reality.
— Leo Tolstoy
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
— Leo Tolstoy

beauty

All really great things are happening in slow and inconspicuous ways.
— Leo Tolstoy

interesting

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
— Leo Tolstoy
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
— Leo Tolstoy
He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
— Leo Tolstoy

opinions

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.
— Leo Tolstoy

change self-improvement

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

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

change changing people

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
— Leo Tolstoy
Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.
— Leo Tolstoy
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.
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marriage

Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul and shows to people these mysteries which are common to all.
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art

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.
— Leo Tolstoy
The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
— Leo Tolstoy

communism government power

Real art, like the wife of an affectionate husband, needs no ornaments. But counterfeit art, like a prostitute, must always be decked out.
— Leo Tolstoy

art

The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in all that comes.
— Leo Tolstoy

love happiness

Joy can be real only if people look upon their lives as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
— Leo Tolstoy
Every author is surrounded by an aura of adulation which he nurses so assiduously that he cannot begin to judge his own worth or see when it starts to decline.

authors

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

art

Even in the best, most friendly, and simple relations of life, praise and commendation are essential, just as grease is necessary to wheels that they may run smoothly.

praise

There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control.  Apart from self-control, no good life is imaginable.  The attainment of goodness must begin with that.

Goodness self-control

I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man's course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness.
— Leo Tolstoy

beauty attitude

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.

vegetarian vegan

To love one's neighbours; to love one's enemies. To love everything - to Love God in all His manifestations. Some one dear to one can be loved with human love; but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.
— Leo Tolstoy
Art is a human activity, consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.
— Leo Tolstoy

art

There is something wrong with the creation of this world, because the rich people think that they are the benefactors of the poor, but in fact those rich are fed and dressed by the work of these poor and live in luxury created for them by the poor.
— Leo Tolstoy
Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.