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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) quotes


  • 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.
  • All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  • All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
  • He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
  • I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.
  • In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
  • The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
  • The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
  • Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
  • We lost because we told ourselves we lost.
  • Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.