Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy ( September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.
1. EVERYONE THINKS OF CHANGING THE WORLD, BUT NO ONE THINKS OF CHANGING HIMSELF.
2. IT IS AMAZING HOW COMPLETE IS THE DELUSION THAT BEAUTY IS GOODNESS.
3. IN THE NAME OF GOD, STOP A MOMENT, CEASE YOUR WORK, LOOK AROUND YOU.
4. WHICH IS WORSE? THE WOLF WHO CRIES BEFORE EATING THE LAMB OR THE WOLF WHO DOES NOT.
5. YOU CAN LOVE A PERSON DEAR TO YOU WITH A HUMAN LOVE, BUT AN ENEMY CAN ONLY BE LOVED WITH DIVINE LOVE.
6. ALL GREAT LITERATURE IS ONE OF TWO STORIES; A MAN GOES ON A JOURNEY OR A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN.
7. HE FELT NOW THAT HE WAS NOT SIMPLY CLOSE TO HER, BUT THAT HE DID NOT KNOW WHERE HE ENDED AND SHE BEGAN.
8. WHAT COUNTS IN MAKING A HAPPY MARRIAGE IS NOT SO MUCH HOW COMPATIBLE YOU ARE BUT HOW YOU DEAL WITH INCOMPATIBILITY.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. A MAN IS LIKE A FRACTION WHOSE NUMERATOR IS WHAT HE IS AND WHOSE DENOMINATOR IS WHAT HE THINKS OF HIMSELF. THE LARGER THE DENOMINATOR, THE SMALLER THE FRACTION.
12. RUMMAGING IN OUR SOULS, WE OFTEN DIG UP SOMETHING THAT OUGHT TO HAVE LAIN THERE UNNOTICED.
13. 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.
14. IF EVERYONE FOUGHT FOR THEIR OWN CONVICTIONS THERE WOULD BE NO WAR.
15. 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.
16. WE CAN KNOW ONLY THAT WE KNOW NOTHING. AND THAT IS THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF HUMAN WISDOM.
17. NOTHING IS SO NECESSARY FOR A YOUNG MAN AS THE COMPANY OF INTELLIGENT WOMEN.
18. WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE, YOU LOVE THE PERSON AS THEY ARE, AND NOT AS YOU’D LIKE THEM TO BE.
19. ALL HAPPY FAMILIES ARE ALIKE; EACH UNHAPPY FAMILY IS UNHAPPY IN ITS OWN WAY.