What you spoke of just now was a mistake, not love.

Leon Tolstoi

Leon Tolstoi

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian


What you spoke of just now was a mistake, not love. Leon Tolstoi

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In town a man can live for a hundred years without noticing that he has long been dead and has rotten away.

Rostov was not listening to the soldier. He looked at the snowflakes dancing above the fire and remembered the Russian winter with a warm, bright house, a fluffy fur coat, swift sleighs, a healthy body, and all the love and care of a family. And why did I come here? he wondered.

I felt a wish never to leave that room - a wish that dawn might never come, that my present frame of mind might never change.

Do not seek quiet and rest in those earthly realms where delusions and desires are engendered, for if thou dost, thou wilt be dragged through the rough wilderness of life, which is far from Me.

I can't praise a young lady who is alive only when people are admiring her, but as soon as she is left alone, collapses and finds nothing to her taste--one who is all for show and has no resources in herself.

I ... having filled my life with the spiritual blessings Christianity gave me, brimful of these blessings and living by them, I, like a child, not understanding them, destroy them -- that is, I wish to destroy that by which I live.

Oh no, Papa, Kitty objected warmly. Varenka adores her. And besides, she does so much good! Ask anyone you like! Everybody knows her and Aline Stah. Perhaps, he said, pressing her arm with his elbow. But it is better to do good so that, ask whom you will, no one knows anything about it.

He who considers himself Orthodox will not do works of love; only he who considers himself a wrong-doer will do them. And for works of love everything is forgiven.

Be ye perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs.

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait . . . there is nothing stronger than these two: patience and time, they will do it all.

Where love is, there God is also.

I have learned what must be, and therefore have come to see the whole horror of what is.

If the conception of freedom appears to reason a senseless contradiction, like the possibility of performing two actions at one and the same instant of time, or of an effect without a cause, that only proves that consciousness is not subject to reason.