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Count Leo Tolstoy Quotes

(1828-1910), Russian Novelist, Philosopher

The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.

Category: Action

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.

Category: Arts And Artists

We lost because we told ourselves we lost.

Category: Attitude

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

Category: Beauty

The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed.

Category: Books And Reading

Boredom: the desire for desires.

Category: Bores And Boredom

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

Category: Change

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

Category: Change

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

Category: Change

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.

Category: Christians And Christianity

A Frenchman is self-assured because he regards himself personally both in mind and body as irresistibly attractive to men and women. An Englishman is self-assured as being a citizen of the best-organized state in the world and therefore, as an Englishman, always knows what he should do and knows that all he does as an Englishman is undoubtedly correct. An Italian is self-assured because he is excitable and easily forgets himself and other people. A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known. The German's self-assurance is worst of all, stronger and more repulsive than any other, because he imagines that he knows the truth -- science -- which he himself has invented but which is for him the absolute truth.

Category: Complacency

Conceit is incompatible with understanding.

Category: Conceit

But the peasants -- how do the peasants die?

Category: Death And Dying

Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.

Category: Deeds And Good Deeds

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

Category: Family