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My life had come to a sudden stop. I was able to breathe, to eat, to drink, to sleep. I could not, indeed help doing so; but there was no real life in me.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
The changes in our life must come more from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience ... not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
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.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
A Christian cannot help being free, because in the pursuit and attainment of his object, no one can either hinder or retard him.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
Man recognizes that he will not die, only when he recognizes that he was never born, but always has been, is, and will be.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all its beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible ... and to serve others as much as possible.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
If you're not enjoying your work, you should either change your attitude, or change your job.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy
I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders.
—  Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy

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