Leo Tolstoy Quotes (35 quotations)

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1. 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. - Leo Tolstoy

2. 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. - Leo Tolstoy

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

4. And Levin, a happy father and a man in perfect health, was several times so near suicide that he hid the cord, lest he be tempted to hang himself, and was afraid to go out with his gun, for fear of shooting himself. But Levin did not shoot himself, and did not hang himself; he went on living. - Leo Tolstoy

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

6. Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless. - Leo Tolstoy

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

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

9. Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. - Leo Tolstoy

10. 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. - Leo Tolstoy

11. Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us. - Leo Tolstoy

12. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Leo Tolstoy

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

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

15. I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. - Leo Tolstoy

16. If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living. - Leo Tolstoy

17. 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. - Leo Tolstoy

18. If you want to be happy, be. - Leo Tolstoy

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

20. It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. - Leo Tolstoy

21. It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable - he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated. - Leo Tolstoy

22. Music is the shorthand of emotion. - Leo Tolstoy

23. Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal. - Leo Tolstoy

24. She had wit, she had grace, she had beauty; But above all, she had truth. - Leo Tolstoy

25. 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. - Leo Tolstoy

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