Leo Tolstoy Quotes

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909.

Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.
– Leo Tolstoy

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If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.
– Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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To educate the peasantry, three things are needed: schools, schools and schools.
– Leo Tolstoy

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An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person’s main task in life – becoming a better person.
– Leo Tolstoy

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

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Art is a human activity which has as its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.
– Leo Tolstoy

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Anything is better than lies and deceit!
– Leo Tolstoy

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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

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To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it.
– Leo Tolstoy

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In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer…
– Leo Tolstoy

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

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Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels?
– Leo Tolstoy

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All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
– Leo Tolstoy

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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

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Happiness is in your ability to love others.
– Leo Tolstoy

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Boredom: the desire for desires.
– Leo Tolstoy

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In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning.
– Leo Tolstoy

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Music is the shorthand of emotion.
– Leo Tolstoy

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Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.
– Leo Tolstoy

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Spring is the time of plans and projects.
– Leo Tolstoy

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The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
– Leo Tolstoy

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