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By Anonym 14 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Power, from the standpoint of experience, is merely the relation that exists between the expression of someone's will and the execution of that will by others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

I have discovered nothing. I have only found out what I knew. I understand the force that in the past gave me life, and now too gives me life. I have been set free from falsity, I have found the Master.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait . . . there is nothing stronger than these two: patience and time, they will do it all.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Here it is. Let's say you're married, you love your wife, but you're attracted by another woman.' 'Excuse me, but I absolutely cannot understand how after eating my fill here I could go past a bakery and steal a roll.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

What she did not know, and would never have believed, was that though her soul seemed to have been grown over with an impenetrable layer of mould, some delicate blades of grass, young and tender, were already pushing their way upwards, destined to take root and send out living shoots so effectively that her all-consuming grief would soon be lost and forgotten. The wound was healing from inside.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

As often happens between men who have chosen different pursuits, each, while in argument justifying the other's activity, despised it in the depth of his heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

All such questions as, for instance,of the cause of failure of crops, of the adherence of certain tribes to their ancient belief, etc.--questions which, but for the convenient intervention of the official machine are not, and cannot be solved for ages--received full, unhesitating solution.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

This is dreadful! Not the suffering and death of the animals, but that man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity—that of sympathy and pity toward living creatures like himself—and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel. And how deeply seated in the human heart is the injunction not to take life!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The vegetarian movement ought to fill with gladness the souls of those who have at heart the realization of God's kingdom upon earth, not because vegetarianism itself is such an important step towards the realization of this kingdom (all real steps are equally important or unimportant), but because it serves as a criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of man is genuine and sincere.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Happy people have no history.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

He was a passionate adherent of the new ideas and of Speransky, and the busiest purveyor of news in Petersburg, one of those men who choose their opinions like their clothes—according to the fashion—but for that very reason seem the most vehement partisans

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

I can't understand how anyone can write without rewriting everything over and over again.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Praštati ne znači samo reći: praštam, nego iščupati iz srca srdnju, zlo osećanje prema onom ko nas je uvredio. A da to učinimo, treba samo da se setimo svojih greha; a kad se njih setimo, zacelo ćemo naći u sebi još gorih stvari nego što su one zbog kojih se srdimo.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The kinder and more intelligent a person is, the more kindness he can find in other people. Kindness enriches our life; with kindness mysterious things become clear, difficult things become easy and dull things become cheerful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

I’ve never seen exquisite fallen beings, and I never shall see them, but such creatures as that painted Frenchwoman at the counter with the ringlets are vermin to my mind, and all fallen women are the same.’ ‘But the Magdalen?’ ‘Ah, drop that! Christ would never have said those words if He had known how they would be abused. Of all the Gospel those words are the only ones remembered.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The seductions of power, and all the wealth, honor, and luxury it gives, seem a sufficient aim for men's efforts only so long as they are unattained. Directly a man reaches them he sees all their vanity, and they gradually lose all their power of attraction. They are like clouds which have form and beauty only from the distance; directly one ascends into them, all their splendor vanishes.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

They say: misfortunes, sufferings...well, if someone said to me right now, this minute: do you want to remain the way you were before captivity, or live through it all over again? For God's sake, captivity again and horsemeat! Once we're thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost; but it's only here that the new and the good begins. As long as there's life, there's happiness. There's much, much still to come.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

And people strive not for the good in life, but for goods they can call their own

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

For us, with the rule of right and wrong given us by Christ, there is nothing for which we have no standard. And there is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The worker picked up Pakhom’s spade, dug a grave, and buried him - six feet from head to heel, exactly the amount of land a man needs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Like all mad men, I thought everyone was mad except myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

And all these people lived not by reason of any care they had for themselves, but by the love for them that was in other people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

There are many faiths, but the spirit is one — in me, and in you, and in him. So that if everyone believes himself, all will be united; everyone be himself and all will be as one.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

By digging into our souls, we often dig up what might better have remained there unnoticed." Alexis Alexandrovich

By Anonym 17 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Mento mori—remember death! These are important words. If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different. If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour. Perhaps you have half a century before you die—what makes this any different from a half hour?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Do not resist the evil-doer and take no part in doing so, either in the violent deeds of the administration, in the law courts, the collection of taxes, or above all in soldiering, and no one in the world will be able to enslave you.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

All that day she had had the feeling that she was playing in the theatre with actors better than herself and that her poor playing spoiled the whole thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The ideas of the wise have been tested by centuries. Everything medium is lost and only original, deep and useful things are left.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

It's like scarlet fever: one has to get it over." "Then one should invent a way of inoculating love, like vaccination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man's life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Che cosa è male? Che cosa è bene? Che cosa bisogna amare, che cosa odiare? Per quale ragione dobbiamo vivere? E io che cosa sono? Che cos’è la vita? Che cos’è la morte? Quale forza guida tutto?» si domandava Pierre. E non trovava risposta ad alcuno di questi interrogativi, tranne una sola illogica risposta, che per contro non rispondeva affatto a queste domande. «Morirai e tutto sarà finito.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Men are like rivers: the water is the same in each, and alike in all; but every river is narrow here, is more rapid there, here slower, there broader, now clear, now cold, now dull, now warm. It is the same with men. Every man carries in himself the germs of every human quality, and sometimes one manifests itself, sometimes another, and the man often becomes unlike himself, while still remaining the same man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

War is not a polite recreation but the vilest thing in life, and we ought to understand that and not play at war.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Great works of art are only great because they are accessible and comprehensible to everyone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

But that's the whole aim of civilization: to make everything a source of enjoyment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Every one who has a heart and eyes sees that you, working men, are obliged to pass your lives in want and in hard labor, which is useless to you, while other men, who do not work, enjoy the fruits of your labor that you are the slaves of these men, and that this ought not to exist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The highest wisdom has but one science-the science of the whole-the science explaining the whole creation and man's place in it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

How strange it was to think that he, who such a short time ago dared not believe in the happiness of her loving him, now felt unhappy because she loved him too much!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The essence of any religion lies solely in the answer to the question: why do I exist, and what is my relationship to the infinite universe that surrounds me?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness! A beautiful woman utters absurdities: we listen, and we hear not the absurdities but wise thoughts" "All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Humanity unceasingly strives forward from a lower, more partial and obscure understanding of life to one more general and more lucid.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

Go take the mother's soul, and learn three truths: Learn What dwells in man, What is not given to man , and What men live by . When thou hast learnt these things, thou shalt return to heaven.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

The goal of our life should not be to find joy in marriage, but to bring more love and truth into the world. We marry to assist each other in this task. The most selfish and hateful life of all is that of two beings who unite in order to enjoy life. The highest calling is that of the man who has dedicated his life to serving God and doing good, and who unites with a woman in order to further that purpose.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

I'm not a goose, you're the gooses for crying over nothing

By Anonym 15 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

All the horrors of the reign of terror were based on concern for public tranquility.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Tolstoy

I now understand that my welfare is only possible if I acknowledge my unity with all the people of the world without exception.