Leo Tolstoy Quotes (325 quotes)
“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.”
Path of Life (1909)
“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.”
November 26. - A Calendar of Wisdom (1908)
“The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens... Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere.”
As quoted in Tolstoy (1988) by A. N. Wilson, p. 146.
“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: Spiritual Writings, edited by Charles E. Moore, Alban Books Limited, 2006 - ISBN: 9781570756733
The Kingdom of God is Within You (1894)
Variant translation: "And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself" - Some Social Remedies (1900), Three Methods of Reform
“The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth.”
Sevastopol in May 1855
(voice of Anna) C. Garnett, trans. (New York: 2003), Part 7, Chapter 24 p. 685. - Anna Karenina (1875–1877)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsLeo Tolstoy
Born: September 9, 1828
Died: November 20, 1910 (aged 82)
Occupation: Novelist, playwright, essayist
Bio: Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists.
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