Leo Tolstoy - Quotes

There are 41 quotes by Leo Tolstoy at 95quotes.com. Find your favorite quotations and top quotes by Leo Tolstoy from this hand-picked collection about love, life, war, happiness. Feel free to share these quotes and sayings on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr & Twitter or any of your favorite social networking sites.

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

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

If you want to be happy, be.

If you want to be happy, be.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ---->>>

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

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

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. ---->>>

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.

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.

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal. ---->>>

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible. ---->>>

Boredom: the desire for desires.

Boredom: the desire for desires.

Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. ---->>>

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. ---->>>

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

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

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. ---->>>

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

We lost because we told ourselves we lost. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. ---->>>

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

Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. ---->>>

If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.

If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.

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

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

The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Russian
Born: September 9, 1828
Birthplace:
Die: 11-20, 1910
Occupation: Novelist
Website:

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й, Lev Nikolajevič Tolstoj, 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 (wikipedia)