Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Leo Tolstoy quotes

The soul is immortal- well then, if I shall always live, I must have lived before, lived for a whole eternity. - Leo Tolstoy

Our body is a machine for living. - Leo Tolstoy

To regard Christ as God, and to pray to him, are to my mind the greatest possible sacrilege. - Leo Tolstoy

No one has yet added up all the heavy, stress-filled workdays as well as the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives that are wasted to produce the world's amusements. It is for this reason that

It seems that it is impossible to live without discovering the purpose of your life. And the first thing which a person should do is to understand the meaning of life. But the majority of people who consider themselves to be educated are proud that they have reached such great height that they cease to care about the meaning of existence. - Leo Tolstoy

If you do not know your place in the world and the meaning of your life, you should know there is something to blame; and it is not the social system, or your intellect, but the way in which you have directed your intellect. - Leo Tolstoy

Government is violence, Christianity is meekness, non-resistance, love. And, therefore, government cannot be Christian, and a man who wishes to be a Christian must not serve government. - Leo Tolstoy

Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. - Leo Tolstoy

When ignorance does not know something, it says that what it does not know is stupid. - Leo Tolstoy

In life, in true life, there can be nothing better than what is. Wanting something different than what is, is blasphemy. - Leo Tolstoy

In the spiritual realm nothing is indifferent: what is not useful is harmful. - Leo Tolstoy

Giving alms is only a virtuous deed when you give money that you yourself worked to get. - Leo Tolstoy

One is ashamed to say how little is needed for all men to be delivered from those calamities which now oppress them; it is only needful not to lie. - Leo Tolstoy

The most important person is the one you are with in this moment. - Leo Tolstoy

The difference between real material poison and intellectual poison is that most material poison is disgusting to the taste, but intellectual poison, which takes the form of cheap newspapers or bad books, can unfortunately sometimes be attractive. - Leo Tolstoy

War is not courtesy but the most horrible thing in life; and we ought to understand that, and not play at war. We ought to accept this terrible necessity sternly and seriously. It all lies in that: get rid of falsehood and let war be war and not a game. - Leo Tolstoy

The great tragedy of atheists is that they walk through this world and have no one to thank. - Leo Tolstoy

And that which yesterday was the novel opinion of one man, to-day becomes the general opinion of the majority. - Leo Tolstoy

All the true heroes of history will be forgotten and all the villains will be remembered as heroes. - Leo Tolstoy

I was now prepared to accept any faith so long as it did not demand a direct denial of reason, which would have been a deceit. - Leo Tolstoy

One of the most obtuse superstitions is the superstition of the scientists who say that man can exist without faith. - Leo Tolstoy

If it were not so frightening it would be amusing to observe the pride and complacency with which we, like children, take apart the watch, pull out the spring and make a toy of it, and are then surprised when the watch stops working. - Leo Tolstoy

Slavery, you know, is nothing else than the unwilling labor of many. Therefore to get rid of slavery it is necessary that people should not wish to profit by the forced labor of others and should consider it a sin and a shame. But they go and abolish the external form of slavery and arrange so that one can no longer buy and sell slaves, and they imagine and assure themselves that slavery no longer exists, and do not see or wish to see that it does, because people still want and consider it good and right to exploit the labor of others. - Leo Tolstoy

It boils down to this: we should have done with humbug, and let war be war, and not a game ... If there were none of this magnanimity business in warfare, we should never go to war, except for something worth facing certain death for. - Leo Tolstoy

History would be an excellent thing if only it were true. - Leo Tolstoy

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