Leo Tolstoy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old leo tolstoy quotes, leo tolstoy sayings, and leo tolstoy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If you want to be happy, be!     

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul, and shows to people these secrets which are common to all.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

The changes in our life must come 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.     

Leo Tolstoy

Boredom, the desire for desires.     

Leo Tolstoy

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

A human can be healthy without killing animals for food.     

Leo Tolstoy

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.     

Leo Tolstoy

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.     

Leo Tolstoy

A bad mood is often the reason for blaming others; but very often blaming others causes bad feelings in us: The more we blame others, the worse we feel.     

Leo Tolstoy

Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.     

Leo Tolstoy

The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.     

Leo Tolstoy

Vengeance is mine; I will repay.     

Leo Tolstoy

A Gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated.     

Leo Tolstoy

A cigar is a sort of thing, not exactly a pleasure, but the crown and outward sign of pleasure.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

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

Leo Tolstoy

Life is a transition from one form to another. The life of this world is the material for a new form.     

Leo Tolstoy

It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.     

Leo Tolstoy

Let us forgive each other — only then will we live in peace.     

Leo Tolstoy

Thoughts about the meaningless of life is the only form of leisure available to a person.     

Leo Tolstoy

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.     

Leo Tolstoy

If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.     

Leo Tolstoy

Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.     

Leo Tolstoy

If you want to be happy, be.     

Leo Tolstoy

Remember that there is only one important time and it is Now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.     

Leo Tolstoy