Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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.
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
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.
The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
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.
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of ones flesh in the ink-pot each time one dips one's pen.
Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.
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