Q – Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy 1828 – 1910 was a Russian novelist of acclaimed works including ‘War and Peace’ and ‘Anna Karenina’. He is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time.

 

‘The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity’

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‘Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself’

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‘The two most powerful warriors are patience and time’

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

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‘He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style’

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

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‘And all people live. Not by reason of any care they have for themselves. But by the love for them that is in other people’

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‘Music is the shorthand of emotion’

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‘Boredom: the desire for desires’

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‘Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love’

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‘An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person’s main task in life—becoming a better person’

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‘Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it’

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‘True life is lived when tiny changes occur’

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

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‘If you want to be happy, be’

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‘Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six’

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‘All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’

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‘It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness’

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‘There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth’

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‘When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be’

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

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‘We lost because we told ourselves we lost’

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‘One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken’

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

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‘The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life’

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‘Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be’

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