Leo Tolstoy Quotes

26 of the best book quotes from Leo Tolstoy
  1. #1
    Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  2. #2
    God is the same everywhere.
  3. #3
    A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.’
  4. #4
    It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle
  5. #5
    Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself.
  6. #6
    You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.
  7. #7
    There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
  8. #8
    If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.
  9. #9
    The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience
  10. #10
    Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women
    Leo Tolstoy
    War and Peace
    Prince Vassily
  11. #11
    We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
  12. #12
    He was angry with all of them for their interference just because he felt in his soul that they, all these people, were right. He felt that the love that bound him to Anna was not a momentary impulse, which would pass, as worldly intrigues do pass, leaving no other traces in the life of either but pleasant or unpleasant memories. He felt all the torture of his own and her position, all the difficulty there was for them, conspicuous as they were in the eye of all the world, in concealing their love, in lying and deceiving; and in lying, deceiving, feigning, and continually thinking of others, when the passion that united them was so intense that they were both oblivious of everything else but their love.
  13. #13
    No, no, reconciliation is impossible. Even if we remain in the same house, we are strangers – strangers forever!” She repeated again with special significance the word so dreadful to her. “And how I loved him! my God, how I loved him!.... How I loved him! And now don’t I love him? Don’t I love him more than before? The most horrible thing is,” she began, but did not finish her thought, because Matrona Philimonovna put her head in at the door.
  14. #14
    The French fashion — of the parents arranging their children’s future — was not accepted; it was condemned. The English fashion of the complete independence of girls was also not accepted, and not possible in Russian society. The Russian fashion of matchmaking by the officer of intermediate persons was for some reason considered disgraceful; it was ridiculed by everyone, and by the princess herself. But how girls were to be married, and how parents were to marry them, no one knew.
  15. #15
    The place where she stood seemed to him a holy shrine, unapproachable, and there was one moment when he was almost retreating, so overwhelmed was he with terror. He had to make an effort to master himself, and to remind himself that people of all sorts were moving about her, and that he too might come there to skate. He walked down, for a long while avoiding looking at her as at the sun, but seeing her, as one does the sun, without looking.
  16. #16
    Every heart has its own skeletons.
  17. #17
    It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.
  18. #18
    Anything is better than lies and deceit!
  19. #19
    I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.
  20. #20
    Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed.
  21. #21
    Spring is the time of plans and projects.
  22. #22
    If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.
  23. #23
    What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
  24. #24
    His ideas of marriage were, consequently, quite unlike those of the great majority of his acquaintances, for whom getting married was one of the numerous facts of social life. For Levin it was the chief affair of life, on which its whole happiness turned.
  25. #25
    I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.
  26. #26
    “‘Nothing,’ wrote Tolstoy, ‘can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.‘”
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