Leo Tolstoy Quotes About Love, Life and Happiness

If you’re looking for some words of wisdom, you need look no further than Leo Tolstoy. The Russian author and philosopher had a lot of insightful things to say about life, and his quotes are as relevant today as they were when he first uttered them. Here are some of our favorite Leo Tolstoy quotes.

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Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist who is considered one of the greatest authors in history. He is best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, both of which are considered masterpieces. Tolstoy was also a prolific writer of non-fiction, philosophy, and criticism.

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

  1. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

2. “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

3. “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

3. “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

4. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

5. “If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

6. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

7. “My principal sin is doubt. I doubt everything, and am in doubt most of the time.”

8. “Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!”

9. “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

10. “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

11. “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

12. “it’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”

13. “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”

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Leo Tolstoy Quotes on Love

14. “When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.”

15. “Everything I know, I know because of love.”

16. “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

17. “Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand.”

18. “Love those you hate you.”

19. “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.”

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

21. “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

22. “He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.”

23. “To get rid of an enemy one must love him.”

24. “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”

25. “I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”

26. “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.”

27. “Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.”

28. “If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.”

29. “It’s hard to love a woman and do anything.”

30. “We walked to meet each other up at the time of our love and then we have been irresistibly drifting in different directions, and there’s no altering that.”

31. “I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.”

32. “We are asleep until we fall in Love!”

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Famous Leo Tolstoy Quotes

32. “The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless.”

33. “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

34. “Everything intelligent is so boring.”

35. “If you want to be happy, be.”

36. “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking…”

37. “Anything is better than lies and deceit!”

38. “Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

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

40. “Boredom: the desire for desires.”

41. “There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way.”

42. “Everything depends on upbringing. ”

Leo Tolstoy Quotes About Life

43. “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

44. “The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…”

45. “A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.”

46. “Every heart has its own skeletons.”

47. “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”

48. “God is the same everywhere.”

49. “Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: whether she feared or desired what had been or what would be, and precisely what she desired, she did not know.”

50. “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.”

“51. He stepped down, avoiding any long look at her as one avoids long looks at the sun, but seeing her as one sees the sun, without looking.”

52. “And you know, there’s less charm in life when you think about death–but it’s more peaceful.”

53. “How can one be well…when one suffers morally?”

Thought-Provoking Leo Tolstoy Quotes

54. “But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

55. “In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning. ”

56. “Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”

57. “Every lie is a poison; there are no harmless lies. Only the truth is safe. Only the truth gives me consolation – it is the one unbreakable diamond.”

58. “Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it.”

59. “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

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

61. “As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields.”

62. “He went down trying not to look long at her, as though she were the sun, but he saw her, as one sees the sun, without looking.”

63. “Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”

64. “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”

65. “Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget…”

66. “Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won’t come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn.”

67. “I often think that men don’t understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.”

68. “It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.”

69. “It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.”

70. “Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.”

71. “I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that i am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible….except by getting off his back.”

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