Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

Russian writer

Lived from: 1828-1910

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Leo Tolstoy

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    All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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    Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
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    A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.
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    A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.
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    Boredom: the desire for desires.
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    But the peasants - how do the peasants die?
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    Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.
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    Conceit is incompatible with understanding.
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    Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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    Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
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    He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
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    Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
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    I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor.
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    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.
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    If you want to be happy, be.
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