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.


Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions, which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to man in music, and in that is its power and significance.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

No matter what the work you are doing, be always ready to drop it. And plan it, so as to be able to leave it.     

Leo Tolstoy

In difficult circumstances always act on first impressions.     

Leo 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.     

Leo Tolstoy

The Jew is the emblem of civil and religious toleration. Love the stranger and the sojourner, Moses commands, because you have been strangers in the land of Egypt.     

Leo Tolstoy

In the spiritual realm nothing is indifferent: what is not useful is harmful.     

Leo Tolstoy

The first rule of achieving goodness is this: think only about self-perfection.     

Leo Tolstoy

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.     

Leo Tolstoy

A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.      

Leo Tolstoy

The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.     

Leo Tolstoy

Every misconception is a poison: there are no harmless misconceptions.     

Leo Tolstoy

Only misconceptions need to be supported by elaborate arguments. Truth can always stand alone.     

Leo Tolstoy

To feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to visit the ill in the hospital—these are acts of mercy, but there is one charitable deed which cannot be compared to them: to free your brother from misconception.     

Leo Tolstoy

Follow the best way of life you possibly can, and habit will make this way suitable and pleasant to you.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

Persecution is precious because it reveal whether a person lives with real faith.     

Leo Tolstoy

He had the unlucky capacity many men have of seeing and believing in the possibility of goodness and truth, but of seeing the evil and falsehood of life too clearly to take any serious part in it.     

Leo Tolstoy

In order to understand, observe, deduce, man must first be conscious of himself as alive.     

Leo Tolstoy

The key to success in life is using the good thoughts of wise people.     

Leo Tolstoy

Kings are the slaves of history.     

Leo Tolstoy

A person who has spoiled his stomach will criticize his meal saying that the food is bad; the same thing happens with people who are not satisfied with their lives.     

Leo Tolstoy

My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

The only thing we can know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy

A holy spirit lives within you.     

Leo Tolstoy

A holy spirit lives within you.     

Leo Tolstoy

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty if goodness.      

Leo Tolstoy