Leo Tolstoy Quotations

-The Kingdom of God is Within You

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

-Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.

-Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.

-If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.

-In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

-Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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

-What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.

-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.

-The older generation almost always fails to understand the younger one – they think their own immutable values are the only ones … And so the older generation barks like a dog at what they don’t understand.

-The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.
Leo Tolstoy