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Leo Tolstoy Quotes

Date of Birth: September 09, 1828    Date of Death: November 20, 1910

Tolstoy was a Russian writer born of Russian Nobility.  His parents died when he was young and relatives raised him and his siblings.  He dropped out of university because his teachers stated that he was not willing or able to learn.  After running up tremendous amounts of debts through gambling he joined the army.  It was at this time he began writing.  He also witnessed a public execution that traumatized him.  At this time his religious and political views began to change. He wrote two of the greatest novels of all time, “War and Peace and “Anna Karenina”.

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


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


There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


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


Every lie is a poison; there are no harmless lies. Only the truth is safe. Only the truth gives me consolation - it is the one unbreakable diamond.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


If you want to be happy, be.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


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


All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


To get rid of an enemy one must love him.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


Boredom: the desire for desires.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


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.  ~ Leo Tolstoy



When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.  ~ Leo Tolstoy



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