Leo Tolstoy Quotes

If you want to be happy, be. If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself 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. It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be. Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking... The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. 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. Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it. All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. The best stories don't come from "good vs. bad" but "good vs. good. Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. It's hard to love a woman and do anything. What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility. He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. 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. 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. True life is lived when tiny changes occur. To get rid of an enemy one must love him. Music is the shorthand of emotion. To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.

Leo Tolstoy

1828 - 1910