How can one let it come to that? How can one not undo this ugly situation?' But now, when the disaster had fallen on his head, he not only did not think of how to undo the situation, but did not want to know about it at all.

Leon Tolstoi

Leon Tolstoi

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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For the last time I say to you—turn all your attention upon yourself, put a bridle on your senses, and seek blessedness not in passion but in your own heart. The source of blessedness is not without us but within …' Pierre had already long been feeling in himself that refreshing source of blessedness which now flooded his heart with glad emotion.

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.

The more respect that different objects, customs, or laws are given, the more attentively you have to question the right these things have to this respect.

Questions about her feelings, about what has been or might be going on in her soul are non of my business; they are the business of her conscience and belong to religion.

If string isn't tight and you try to break it, it's very hard to do. But tighten it to the utmost and put just the weight of your finger on it, and it will break.

Always the same. Now a spark of hope flashes up, then a sea of despair rages, and always pain; always pain, always despair, and always the same.

This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer.

Levin felt so resolute and serene that no answer, he fancied, could affect him.

They've got no idea what happiness is, they don't know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us--there is no life.

Even philanthropy did not have the desired effect. The genuine as well as the false paper money which flooded Moscow lost its value. The French, collecting booty, cared only for gold. Not only was the paper money valueless which Napoleon so graciously distributed to the unfortunate, but even silver lost its value in relation to gold.

If no one fought except on his own conviction, there would be no wars, he said.

Once there is no freedom, there is no man.

But I know nothing, nothing, and can know nothing but what I've been told along with everybody else.

How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.