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Leo Tolstoy
September 9, 1828 - November 20, 1910
Nationality: Russian
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Russian Novelist

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.


War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.


We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening.


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.


The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.


War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.


Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.


Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.


If you want to be happy, be.


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.


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.


True life is lived when tiny changes occur.


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


In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.


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.


Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.


Boredom: the desire for desires.


Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.


Music is the shorthand of emotion.


If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.


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