— Leo Tolstoy, 31. Some mathematician said: "Pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it." 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. No one ever convinces anyone else. True life is lived when tiny changes occur. Death is terrible. In order to understand, observe, deduce, man must first be conscious of himself as alive. Only the truth gives me consolation — it is the one unbreakable diamond. — Leo Tolstoy, 51. Russian novelist and realistic fiction extraordinaire, Leo Tolstoy, is regarded as one of the most exceptional writers of all time. It is organized for that, it is its nature. She compared, as she did at every interview with him, the image her fancy painted of him (incomparably finer than, and impossible in actual existence) with his real self”, “I felt a wish never to leave that room - a wish that dawn might never come, that my present frame of mind might never change.”, “The more mental effort he made the clearer he saw that it was undoubtedly so: that he had really forgotten and overlooked one little circumstance in life - that Death would come and end everything, so that it was useless to begin anything, and that there was no help for it, Yes it was terrible but true”. ", "All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. — Leo Tolstoy, 17. To this day, literary critics dispute over the fact that he never received the award for himself. Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. ", "Our body is a machine for living. ", "Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. ", "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ", "In historical events great men-so-called-are but labels serving to give a name to the event, and like labels they have the least possible connection with the event itself. (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910) was a Russian writer, philosopher and social activist credited as a major influence on Christian anarchism; his name is usually rendered into English as Leo Tolstoy, and sometimes Tolstoi. I don't think badly of people. In 1828, Tolstoy was born in the Tula Province of Russia at his family’s estate, Yasnaya Polyana. — Leo Tolstoy, 72. Boredom: the desire for desires. Although he never was the recipient of a Novel Peace Prize, he received nominations from each year in 1901-1906 and 1910. Of course he's got it totally wrong, completely ass-backward. — Leo Tolstoy, 36. A man is never such an egotist as at moments of spiritual ecstasy. Hell is the inability to love. Be bad, but at least don't be a liar, a deceiver! — Leo Tolstoy, 7. In addition, he wrote a plays, and a number of philosophical essays … ", "In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. — Leo Tolstoy, 32. That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. ThoughtCo uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself. He is known for his realist fiction novels ‘War and Peach’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ written in the mid to late 19th century. And that's the height of human wisdom.”, “But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest.”, “But that's the whole aim of civilization: to make everything a source of enjoyment.”, “He knew she was there by the joy and terror that took possession of his heart [...] Everything was lit up by her. The consequences of counterfeit art are the perversion of man, pleasure which never satisfies, and the weakening of man's spiritual strength.