Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

Russian Essayist, Realistic Fiction Novelist and Playwright, best known for novels "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina"

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What are you talking about?' cried Lukashka. 'We must go through the middle gates, of course.

Whatever happens to be in style.

When loving the human love one may pass from love to hatred, but divine love cannot change. No, neither death nor anything else can destroy it. It is the very essence of the soul.

Why am I going? he repeated, looking straight into her eyes. You know that I am going in order to be where you are, said he. I cannot do otherwise. Not a word, not a movement of yours will I ever forget, nor can I...

Work is the inevitable condition of human life, the true source of human welfare.

What can I want? All I can want is that you should not desert me, as you think of doing, she said, understanding all he had not uttered. But that I don't want; that's secondary. I want love, and there is none. So then all is over.

Whatever our fate is or may be, we have made it and do not complain of it.

When one's head is gone one doesn't weep over one's hair!

Why do I live? In the infinity of space and infinity of time infinitely small particles mutate with infinite complexity. When you understand the laws of these mutations, you'll understand why you live.

Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.

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

Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.

When politics and home life have become one and the same thing, ... then... it is evident that we will be in a state of total liberty or anarchy.

Why does an apple fall when it is ripe? Is it brought down by the force of gravity? Is it because its stalk withers? Because it is dried by the sun, because it grows too heavy, or because the boy standing under the tree wants to eat it? None of these is the cause... Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own freewill is in the historical sense not free at all but is bound up with the whole course of history and preordained from all eternity.

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

What dwells in man I already knew. Now I learnt what is not given him. It is not given to man to know his own needs.

What's all this love of arguing? No one ever convinces anyone else.

When she heard this Sonya blushed so that tears came into her eyes and, unable to bear the looks turned upon her, ran away into the dancing hall, whirled round it at full speed with her dress puffed out like a balloon, and, flushed and smiling, plumped down on the floor.

Why is gambling forbidden while women in costumes which evoke sensuality are not forbidden? They are a thousand times more dangerous!

This child, with his naive outlook on life was the compass which showed them the degree of their departure from what they knew but did not want to know.

To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed through words, so to convey this so that others may experience the same feeling - this is the activity of art.

Universal military service may be compared to the efforts of a man to prop up his falling house who so surrounds it and fills it with props and buttresses and planks and scaffolding that he manages to keep the house standing only by making it impossible to live in it.

We always seem to love us for what we are good. And do not guess, they love us because good ones who love us.

We shall all of us die, so why should I grudge a little trouble?

This detachment from all worldly things that terrifies a man in life is felt.

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Russian Essayist, Realistic Fiction Novelist and Playwright, best known for novels "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina"