Things always go quicker with two working at it.

Leon Tolstoi

Leon Tolstoi

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

Things always go quicker with two working at it. Leon Tolstoi

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To love life is to love God.

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him...

A man in motion always devises an aim for that motion.

You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.

I am writing a novel,' Tolstoy informed his friend the critic Nikolai Strakhov on 11 May 1873, referring to the book that was to become Anna Karenina. ‘I've been at it for more than a month now and the main lines are traced out. This novel is truly a novel, the first in my life ...

Ah, if everyone was as sensitive as you! There's no girl who hasn't gone through that. And it's all so unimportant!

A thinking man has only to come into contact—as constantly happens in these days—with people, equally good and bad, of different denominations, who condemn each other's beliefs, to doubt of the truth of the belief he professes himself...

Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.

He understood that feeling of Levin's so well, knew that for Levin all the girls in the world were divided into two classes: one class included alll the girls in the world except her, and they had all the usual human failings and were very ordinary girls; while the other class - herself alone - had no weaknesses and was superior to all humanity.

He always felt himself dependent on Chief Master who sent him into this life, he knew that when dying he would still be in that Master's power and would not be ill-used to and accustomed to.

But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious, conventional types, and then—all the combinations made—they are tired of the fictitious figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures.

Levin scowled and was dumb.

There is only one time that is important: now. The present is the only time over which we have power. The most important person is the one beside you, for no man knows if he will ever have dealings with another. And the most important thing to do is to make the one beside you happy. For that purpose alone was man sent into this life.

Pretence about anything sometimes deceives the wisest and shrewdest man, but, however cunningly it is hidden, a child of the meanest capacity feels it and is repelled by it.