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A Frenchman is self-assured because he regards himself personally both in mind and body as irresistibly attractive to men and women. An Englishman is self-assured as being a citizen of the best-organized state in the world and therefore, as an Englishman, always knows what he should do and knows that all he does as an Englishman is undoubtedly correct. An Italian is self-assured because he is excitable and easily forgets himself and other people. A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known. The German's self-assurance is worst of all, stronger and more repulsive than any other, because he imagines that he knows the truth -- science -- which he himself has invented but which is for him the absolute truth.


Leo Tolstoy

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Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to u...
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Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very ...
LEO TOLSTOY
There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness and truth are absent.
LEO TOLSTOY
He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
LEO TOLSTOY
The sobs and tears of joy he had not foreseen rose with such force within him that his whole body sh...
LEO TOLSTOY
Which is worse? the wolf who cries before eating the lamb or the wolf who does not.
LEO TOLSTOY
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom a...
LEO TOLSTOY
But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest.
LEO TOLSTOY
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
LEO TOLSTOY
A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of hi...
LEO TOLSTOY
Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless.
LEO TOLSTOY
The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffer...
LEO TOLSTOY
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within the...
LEO TOLSTOY
If you want to be happy, be.
LEO TOLSTOY
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
LEO TOLSTOY
If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
LEO TOLSTOY
An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes wit...
LEO TOLSTOY
All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade.
LEO TOLSTOY
Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the histori...
LEO TOLSTOY
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what ...
LEO TOLSTOY
To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as sayin...
LEO TOLSTOY
All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
LEO TOLSTOY
There is one evident, indubitable manifestation of the Divinity, and that is the laws of right which...
LEO TOLSTOY
it's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.
LEO TOLSTOY
Every man experiences what you call love for every pretty woman and least of all for his wife. That ...
LEO TOLSTOY
They abolish the external form, they suppress the formal sales of slaves, and then they imagine and ...
LEO TOLSTOY
I killed the wife when I first tasted sensual joys without love, and then it was that I killed my wi...
LEO TOLSTOY
I wanted to run after him, but remembered that it is ridiculous to run after one's wife's lover in o...
LEO TOLSTOY
In the city the wretched feel less sad. One can live there a hundred years without being noticed, an...
LEO TOLSTOY
Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
LEO TOLSTOY
Well, do you suppose I made up my mind then that what I had seen was something sickening? Not a bit ...
LEO TOLSTOY
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any id...
LEO TOLSTOY
He disliked contradiction, and still more, arguments that were continually skipping from one thing t...
LEO TOLSTOY
The latter part of her stay in Voronezh had been the happiest period in Princess Marya's life. Her l...
LEO TOLSTOY
what time can be more beautiful than the one in which the finest virtues, innocent cheerfulness and ...
LEO TOLSTOY
While I doubted, I had hope; but now there is no hope left and all the same I doubt everything.
LEO TOLSTOY
But that had been grief--this was joy. Yet that grief and this joy were alike outside all the ordina...
LEO TOLSTOY
He stepped down trying not to look long at her, as though she were the sun, yet he saw her as one se...
LEO TOLSTOY
Then these moments of perplexity began to recur oftener and oftener, and always in the same form. Th...
LEO TOLSTOY
The shore was God, the stream was tradition, and the oars were the free will given to me to make it ...
LEO TOLSTOY
If a man lives, then he believes in something. If he didn't believe that one must live for something...
LEO TOLSTOY
I turned my attention to every­ thing that was done by people who claimed to be Christians, I was h...
LEO TOLSTOY
The assertion that you are in falsehood and I am in truth ist the most cruel thing one man can say t...
LEO TOLSTOY
Nowadays, as before, the public declaration and confession of Orthodoxy is usually encountered among...
LEO TOLSTOY
Instead of the former divinely appointed aims of the Jewish, Greek, or Roman nations, which ancient ...
LEO TOLSTOY
I often think how unfairly life's good fortune is sometimes distributed.
LEO TOLSTOY
Between Countess Nordston and Levin there had been established those relations, not infrequent in so...
LEO TOLSTOY
In my considered opinion, salary is payment for goods delivered and it must conform to the law of su...
LEO TOLSTOY
He knew she was there by the joy and terror that took possession of his heart [...] Everything was l...
LEO TOLSTOY
He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes like those in the world. There was only one creat...
LEO TOLSTOY
Whatever our fate is or may be, we have made it and do not complain of it."

- Vronksy {An...
LEO TOLSTOY
Not one word, not one gesture of yours shall I, could I, ever forget...
LEO TOLSTOY
He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.
LEO TOLSTOY
Sou amigo da divisão do trabalho. Pessoas que não fazem nada devem fazer pessoas, enquanto as dema...
LEO TOLSTOY