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Engrave this Quote The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
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-Leo Tolstoy
Apathy
Engrave this Quote A Frenchman is self-assured because he regards himself personally both in mind and body as irresistibly attractive to men and women. An Englishman is self-assured as being a citizen of the best-organized state in the world and therefore, as an Englishman, always knows what he should do and knows that all he does as an Englishman is undoubtedly correct. An Italian is self-assured because he is excitable and easily forgets himself and other people. A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known. The German's self-assurance is worst of all, stronger and more repulsive than any other, because he imagines that he knows the truth -- science -- which he himself has invented but which is for him the absolute truth.
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-Leo Tolstoy
Art
Engrave this Quote To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.
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-Leo Tolstoy
Attitude
Engrave this Quote We lost because we told ourselves we lost.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Leo Tolstoy
Boredom
Engrave this Quote Boredom: the desire for desires.
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-Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1877
Change
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Leo Tolstoy, letter Tolstoy, February 23, 1903
Engrave this Quote True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
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Engrave this Quote Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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Christianity
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Leo Tolstoy
Control
Engrave this Quote I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor.
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Death
Engrave this Quote But the peasants -- how do the peasants die?
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Engrave this Quote He who has a mistaken idea of life, will always have a mistaken idea of death.
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Family
Engrave this Quote All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.
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-Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (opening line), 1877
Fashion
Engrave this Quote He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
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Goodness
Engrave this Quote Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.
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Engrave this Quote What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
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Government
Engrave this Quote In quiet and untroubled times it seems to every administrator that it is only by his efforts that the whole population under his rule is kept going, and in this consciousness of being indispensable every administrator finds the chief reward of his labor and efforts. While the sea of history remains calm the ruler-administrator in his frail bark, holding on with a boat hook to the ship of the people and himself moving, naturally imagines that his efforts move the ship he is holding on to. But as soon as a storm arises and the sea begins to heave and the ship to move, such a delusion is no longer possible. The ship moves independently with its own enormous motion, the boat hook no longer reaches the moving vessel, and suddenly the administrator, instead of appearing a ruler and a source of power, becomes an insignificant, useless, feeble man.
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Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
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Engrave this Quote There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness and truth are absent.
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History
Engrave this Quote The subject of history is the life of peoples and of humanity. To catch and pin down in words--that is, to describe directly the life, not only of humanity, but even of a single people, appears to be impossible.
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-Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, Epilogue, Part II, Chapter 1.
Humanity
Engrave this Quote Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
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Hypocrisy
Engrave this Quote Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
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Kisses
Engrave this Quote The sobs and tears of joy he had not foreseen rose with such force within him that his whole body shook and for a long time prevented him from speaking. Falling on his knees by her bed. He held his wife's hand to his lips and kissed it, and her hand responded to his kisses with weak movement of finger. Meanwhile, at the foot of the bed, in the midwife's expert hands, like the flame of a lamp, flickered the life of a human being who had never existed before...
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Law
Engrave this Quote There is one evident, indubitable manifestation of the Divinity, and that is the laws of right which are made known to the world through Revelation.
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