Best 100 Leo Tolstoy Quotes from Anna Karenina, war and peace and more

Best  100 Leo Tolstoy Quotes

Best Leo Tolstoy Quotes 1 to 100 Quotes from Anna Karenina, war and peace and more

On September 9, 1828, Leo Tolstoy was born in Tula Province, Russia. In the 1860s, he wrote his first great novel, War and Peace. In 1873, Tolstoy set to work on the second of his best-known novels, Anna Karenina. He continued to write fiction throughout the 1880s and 1890s.

1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy
2. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ― Leo Tolstoy,
Anna Karenina
3. “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
4. “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ― Leo Tolstoy, The
Kreutzer Sonata

5. “I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
6. “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna
7. “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be
the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a
moment, cease your work, look around you.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies
8. “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.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
9. “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.” ― Leo Tolstoy
10. “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
11. “If you want to be happy, be.” ― Leo Tolstoy
12. “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War, and Peace
13. “Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels?” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
14. “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ― Leo Tolstoy
15. “When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.”
― Leo Tolstoy
16. “Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.” ― Leo
Tolstoy, War and Peace

17. “Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed. ”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
18. “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…” ― Leo Tolstoy
19. “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is
easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one
hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is
my idea of happiness.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness
20. “Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
21. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ― Leo Tolstoy

22. “Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can
understand.”― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

23. “Anything is better than lies and deceit!” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
24. “I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and
not as one would like them to be. -Dolly” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
25. “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because of the majority share in it.” ― Leo Tolstoy, A
26. “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” ― Leo
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
27. “I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or
she is, and not as you would like them to be.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
28. “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.”
― Leo Tolstoy
29. “If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and
30. “Boredom: the desire for desires.” ― Leo Tolstoy
31.“All that day she had had the feeling that she was playing in the theatre with actors better than herself and that her poor playing spoiled the whole thing.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

32. “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
33. “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and
34. “Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: whether she feared or
desired what had been or what would be, and precisely what she desired, she did not know.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
35. “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.” ― Leo

36. “Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.” ― Leo Tolstoy
37. “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.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
38. “The best stories don’t come from “good vs. bad” but “good vs. good.” ― Leo Tolstoy
39. “it’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” ― Leo Tolstoy,
Anna Karenina

40. “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to
town.” ― Leo Tolstoy
41. “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” ― Leo Tolstoy
42. “All the girls in the world were divided into two classes: one class included all the girls in the
world except her, and they had all the usual human feelings and were very ordinary girls; while
the other class -herself alone- had no weaknesses and was superior to all humanity.” ― Leo
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
43. “If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.” ― Leo
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
44. “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” ― Leo Tolstoy
45. “But I’m glad you’ll see me as I am. Above all, I wouldn’t want people to think that I want to
prove anything. I don’t want to prove anything, I just want to live; to cause no evil to anyone
but myself. I have that right, haven’t I?” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
46. “It’s hard to love a woman and do anything.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
47. “Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to
be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live
and be happy.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War, and Peace

48. “But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
49. “I often think that men don’t understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always
talk about it.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
50. “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you
deal with incompatibility.” ― Leo Tolstoy
51. “You can love a person dear to you with human love, but an enemy can only be loved with
divine love.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War, and Peace
52. “Love those you hate you.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

53. “It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken
and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.” ― Leo
Tolstoy, War, and Peace
54. “The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope,
light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…” ― Leo Tolstoy, War
and Peace

55. “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all
else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” ― Leo Tolstoy
56. “He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
57. “He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and
she began.” ― Leo Tolstoy
58. “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
59. “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.” ―
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
60. “To get rid of an enemy one must love him. ” ― Leo Tolstoy
61. “Something magical has happened to me: like a dream when one feels frightened and creepy,
and suddenly wakes up to the knowledge that no such terrors exist. I have wakened up.” ―
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
62. “He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of
happiness he had expected. This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in
imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires.” ― Leo Tolstoy,
Anna Karenina

63. “Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget…” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna
64. “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.” ― Leo Tolstoy
65. “Whatever our fate is or may be, we have made it and do not complain of it.”― Leo Tolstoy,
Anna Karenina
66. “I’m like a starving man who has been given food. Maybe he’s cold, and his clothes are torn,
and he’s ashamed, but he’s not unhappy.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
67. “I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
68. “I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and
the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” ― Leo Tolstoy
69. “We are asleep until we fall in Love!” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
70. “She had no need to ask why he had come. She knew as certainly as if he had told her that he
was here to be where she was.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Vol 1 of 8
71. “Music is the shorthand of emotion” ― Leo Tolstoy
72. “Which is worse? the wolf who cries before eating the lamb or the wolf who does not.” ― Leo
73. “Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it,
everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know
himself. ” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
74. “All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade.” ―
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
75. “Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won’t come out
for twenty years, if you really wish to learn.” ― Leo Tolstoy
76. “Everything intelligent is so boring.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
77. “Everything I know, I know because of love.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

78. “Yes, love, …but not the love that loves for something, to gain something, or because of
something, but that love that I felt for the first time, when dying, I saw my enemy and yet loved
him. I knew that feeling of love which is the essence of the soul, for which no object is needed.
And I know that blissful feeling now too. To love one’s neighbors; to love one’s enemies. To
love everything – to Love God in all His manifestations. Someone dear to one can be loved
with human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love. And that was why I felt
such joy when I felt that I loved that man. What happened to him? Is he alive? …Loving with
human love, one may pass from love to hatred; but divine love cannot change. Nothing, not
even death, can shatter it. It is the very nature of the soul. And how many people I have hated
in my life. And of all people none I have loved and hated more than her…. If it were only
possible for me to see her once more… once, looking into those eyes to say…” ― Leo Tolstoy,
War and Peace

79. “To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it.” ― Leo Tolstoy
80. “Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he
said was very clever or very stupid.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Война и мир
81. “How can one be well…when one suffers morally?” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
82. “I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that i am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible….except by getting
off his back.” ― Leo Tolstoy, What Then Must We Do?
83. “It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.” ― Leo Tolstoy,
War and Peace

84. “Every heart has its own skeletons.” ― Leo Tolstoy
85. “He went down trying not to look long at her, as though she were the sun, but he saw her, as
one sees the sun, without looking.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
86. “And you know, there’s less charm in life when you think about death–but it’s more peaceful.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
87. “There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that
everyone around him lives in the same way.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
88. “Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to
examine it. ” ― Leo Tolstoy, War, and Peace
89. “Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.” ― Leo Tolstoy
90. “My principal sin is doubt. I doubt everything, and am in doubt most of the time.” ― Leo
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Notes

91. “We walked to meet each other up at the time of our love and then we have been irresistibly
drifting in different directions, and there’s no altering that.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
92. “Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked
them.”― Leo Tolstoy
93. “The Kingdom of God is Within You,” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
94. “Here’s my advice to you: don’t marry until you can tell yourself that you’ve done all you couldand until you’ve stopped loving the women you’ve chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise
you’ll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Marry when you’re old and good for nothing…
Otherwise all that’s good and lofty in you will be lost.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
95. “Enough or not…it will have to do” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
96. “Everything depends on upbringing. ” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
97. “I am always with myself, and it is I who am my tormentor.” ― Leo Tolstoy
98. “The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless.” ― Leo Tolstoy, A

99. “He stepped down, avoiding any long look at her as one avoids long looks at the sun, but
seeing her as one sees the sun, without looking.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
100. “What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.” ― Leo Tolstoy