Quotes – Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September [O.S. 28 1828 – 20 November 1910), also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

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

“When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.” Leo Tolstoy

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

“Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.” Leo Tolstoy

“What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.” Leo Tolstoy

“He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.” Leo Tolstoy

“If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy

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

“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed.” Leo Tolstoy

“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.” Leo Tolstoy