Leo Tolstoy

1828 - 1910

A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on family, fashion, happiness, and unhappiness

All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Source: opening line of Anna Karenina

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on death

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Man recognizes that he will not die, only when he recognizes that he was never born, but always has been, is, and will be.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on abstinence, animals, and life

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on life and sleep

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My life had come to a sudden stop. I was able to breathe, to eat, to drink, to sleep. I could not, indeed help doing so; but there was no real life in me.

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on abstinence, animals, feeling, food, good, life, and performance

If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because . . . its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling - killing.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on dreams and life

We should show life neither as it is or as it it ought to be, but only as we see it in our dreams.

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on happiness and love

The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes.

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on change, conscience, impossibility, life, and resolution

The changes in our life must come more 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 (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on attitude, change, jobs, and work

If you're not enjoying your work, you should either change your attitude, or change your job.

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on government, men, rest, and violence

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Source: The Kingdom of God is Within You, 1893

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