Favorite Quotations Leo Tolstoy Rise & Fall of Athens

"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love." ~ Leo Tolstoy

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Every person knows that he should do what unites, not divides, him and other people.

Beware of everything which puts an obstacle between you and God.

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

Better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre.

Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself.

Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

A holy spirit lives within you.

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

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

And all people live, not by reason of any care they have for themselves, but by the love for them that is in other people.

And there is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.

Governments need armies to protect them from their enslaved and oppressed subjects.

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.