70 of The Best Leo Tolstoy Quotes On the Internet: Love is the Key


1. “If you want to be happy, be.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


2. “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


3. “Religion and law try to escape from criticism, religion by saying that it is divine and law by showing that it is powerful.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


4. “Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.” ― LEO TOLSTOY

5. “Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


6. “Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.” ― LEO TOLSTOY



7. “Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


8. “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


9. “Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


10. “A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


11. “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.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


12. “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


13. “We lost because we told ourselves we lost.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


14. “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


15. “Pay bad people with your goodness; fight their hatred with you kindness. Even if you do not achieve victory over other people, you will conquer yourself.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


16. “Boredom: the desire for desires.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


17. “What a joy it is to do a good deed! And this joy is strongest if no one knows that you have done it.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


18. “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.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


19. “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


20. “Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


21. “If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


22. “The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


23.  “A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


24. “The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another’s labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


25. “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


26. “When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


27. “A truly wise man is always joyful.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


28. “We are asleep until we fall in Love.” ― LEO TOLSTOY



29. “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.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


30. “The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


31. “Kings are the slaves of history.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


32. “A person who has spoiled his stomach will criticize his meal saying that the food is bad; the same thing happens with people who are not satisfied with their lives.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


33. “I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure human sympathy is more valuable than ideology.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


34. “Every lie is a poison; there are no harmless lies. Only the truth is safe. Only the truth gives me consolation – it is the one unbreakable diamond.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


35. “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


36. “You consider war to be inevitable? Very good. Let everyone who advocates war be enrolled in a special regiment of advance-guards, for the front of every storm, of every attack, to lead them all.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


37. “Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


38. “Mysterious language is not a sign of wisdom. The wiser a person is, the simpler the language he uses to express his thoughts.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


39. “To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


40. “The great tragedy of atheists is that they walk through this world and have no one to thank.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


41. “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


42. “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


43. “He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


44. “You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


45.  “I have found that a story leaves a deeper impression when it is impossible to tell which side the author is on.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


46. “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


47. “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.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


48. “Art lifts man from his personal life into the universal life.” ― LEO TOLSTOY



49. “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


50. “Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


51. “The key to success in life is using the good thoughts of wise people.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


52. “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


53.  “Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


54. “The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


55. “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


56. “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


57. “Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


58. “You see, if you take pains and learn in order to get a reward, the work will seem hard; but when you work… if you love your work, you will find your reward in that.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


59. “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


60. “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 any means possible, except getting off his back.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


61. “Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is a great matter. Art is an organ of human life, transmitting man’s reasonable perception into feel.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


62. “There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


63. “It is by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


64. “Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


65. “Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most undoubted meaning is for rulers nothing else but a means of realizing their ambitions and venal ends; for the governed it is a renouncing of human dignity, intelligence, and conscience, and a slavish submission to the rulers. Wherever patriotism is championed, it is preached invariably in that shape. Patriotism is slavery.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


66. “Conceit is incompatible with understanding.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


67. “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” ― LEO TOLSTOY



68. “There can be only one permanent revolution – a moral one; the regeneration of the inner man. How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


69. “One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


70. “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ― LEO TOLSTOY


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