The best Quotations


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.
- Leo Tolstoy

All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- Leo Tolstoy

art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
- Leo Tolstoy

A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.
- Leo Tolstoy

Boredom: the desire for desires.
- Leo Tolstoy

But the peasants - how do the peasants die?
- Leo Tolstoy

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.
- Leo Tolstoy

Conceit is incompatible with understanding.
- Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

Everything that i understand, i understand only because i love.
- Leo Tolstoy

He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
- Leo Tolstoy

Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
- Leo Tolstoy

I am always with myself and it is i who am my tormentor.
- Leo Tolstoy

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that i am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.
- Leo Tolstoy

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

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.
- Leo Tolstoy

Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
- Leo Tolstoy

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- Leo Tolstoy

Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
- Leo Tolstoy

Only those live who do good.
- Leo Tolstoy

The brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. but press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. so you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed.
- Leo Tolstoy

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.
- Leo Tolstoy

The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for god.
- Leo Tolstoy


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Quotation Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents birth - writer
Quotation Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won. - writer
Quotation Take care that no one hates you justly. - writer
Quotation I didn't have to think up so much as a comma or a semicolon; it was all given, straight from the celestial recording room. Weary, I would beg for a break, an intermission, time enough, let's say, to go to the toilet or take a breath of fresh air on the balcony. Nothing doing! - writer
Quotation A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine. - writer
Quotation Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great. - writer