One man may not kill. If he kills a fellow-creature, he is a murderer. If two, ten, a hundred men do so, they, too, are murderers. But a government or a nation may kill as many men as it chooses, and that will not be murder, but a great and noble action.

Leon Tolstoi

Leon Tolstoi

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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With no doubt Al Hussain was one of the greatest rebels, for correcting the path of rulers who deviated from the right path. He, by his stance honorably acquired martyrdom martyrdom that free people wish to acquire.

Is there a line to be drawn between psychological and physiological phenomena in man? and if so, where?

Everything that I understand I understand only because I love.

As Sterne says: ‘We don't love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we have done them.

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

I can't live except by my own heart.

But there was another class of people, the real people. To this class they all belonged, and in it the great thing was to be elegant, generous, plucky, gay, to abandon oneself without a blush to every passion, and to laugh at everything else.

Rest, nature, books, music…such is my idea of happiness.

God is the same everywhere.

That one must either explain life to oneself so that it does not seem to be an evil mockery by some sort of devil, or one must shoot oneself.

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

He felt that he was himself and did not wish to be anyone else. He only wished now to be better than he had been formerly.

The spirit of an army is the factor which multiplied by the mass gives the resulting force. To define and express the significance of this unknown factor—the spirit of an army—is a problem for science.