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Russian author Leo Tolstoy wrote the acclaimed novels War and Peace, Anna Karenina and The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and still ranks among the world’s top writers.
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. One of his most successful later works was The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Tolstoy died on November 20, 1910, in Astapovo, Russia.
He had a unique way of playing with words. We have collected a list of Leo Tolstoy quotes about love and life. We hope that you will enjoy reading quotes.

Leo Tolstoy Quotes about Love and Life.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

“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.”

“If you want to be happy, be.”

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

“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…”

“Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!”

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

“If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one’s reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.”


“We lost because we told ourselves we lost.”

“And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people.”

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”

“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

“I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back.”

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”

“Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.”

“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”


“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.”
“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”
“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

“You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.”

“But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

“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.”

“To get rid of an enemy one must love him. ”

More Leo Tolstoy quotes About life

“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.”

“Everything intelligent is so boring.”

“To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it.”

“There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way.”


“Everything depends on upbringing. ”

“The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless.”

“Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”
“And you know, there’s less charm in life when you think about death–but it’s more peaceful.”
“Life did not stop, and one had to live.”
“Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.”
“I am always with myself, and it is I who am my tormentor.”
“There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.”

“Energy rests upon love; and come as it will, there’s no forcing it.”

“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.”

“Every man and every living creature has a sacred right to the gladness of springtime.”

“One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love.”

“The pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in searching for it.”

“I don’t allow myself to doubt myself even for a moment.”

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees…”

“It’s too easy to criticize a man when he’s out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else’s mistakes.”

“People of limited intelligence are fond of talking about “these days,” imagining that they have discovered and appraised the peculiarities of “these days” and that human nature changes with the times.”

“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”

“The most mentally deranged people are certainly those who see in others indications of insanity they do not notice in themselves.”

“Life is too long to say anything definitely; always say perhaps.”

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