Quotes by Leo Tolstoy
The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth.
 
Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.
 
Martin's soul grew glad.He crossed himself put on his spectacles, and began reading the Gospel just where it had opened; and at the top of the page he read: ''I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in.'' And at the bottom of the page he read: ''Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren even these least, ye did it unto me'' (Matt. xxv). And Martin understood that his dream had come true; and that the Saviour had really come to him that day, and he had welcomed him.
 
Ivan Ilych's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.
 
Ivan Ilych saw that he was dying, and he was in continual despair.In the depth of his heart he knew he was dying, but not only was he not accustomed to the thought, he simply did not and could not grasp it. The syllogism he had learnt from Kiesewetter's Logic: "Caius is a man, men are mortal, therefore Caius is mortal," had always seemed to him correct as applied to Caius, but certainly not as applied to himself. That Caius — man in the abstract — was mortal, was perfectly correct, but he was not Caius, not an abstract man, but a creature quite, quite separate from all others.
 
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.
 
I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back.
 
Six feet of land was all that he needed.
 
The happiness of men consists in life. And life is in labor.
 
The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.
 
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
 
The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
 
God is the infinite ALL. Man is only a finite manifestation of Him.
Or better yet:
'''God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.
God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter. The more God's manifestation in man (life) unites with the manifestations (lives) of other beings, the more man exists. This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love.
God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists...
We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.''' All conclusions and guidelines based on this consciousness should fully satisfy both our desire to know God as such as well as our desire to live a life based on this recognition.
 
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
 
Progress consists, not in the increase of truth, but in freeing it from its wrappings. The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn't gold.