Quotes from: Leo Tolstoy


Excessive dress prevents the body from moving freely. Excessive wealth interferes with the movements of our soul


Real art can only rarely be created even by a real artist; like a child in a mother’s womb, it is the ripened fruit of his prior life. False art, though, can be ceaseless produced by craftsmen, according to the dictates of a market


One hour of honest, serious thinking is more precious than weeks spent in empty talk


Do not fear the lack of knowledge, fear false knowledge


When everything you see appears in dark, gloomy shades, and seems baleful, and you want to tell others only bad and unpleasant things, do not trust your perceptions. Treat yourself as though you were drunk. Take no steps and actions until this state has disappeared


If there is something great in you, it will not appear on your first call. It will not appear and come to you easily, without any work and effort


In order not to pour out a vessel full of water, you should hold it evenly. In order to have a razor sharp, you should sharpen it. The same should happen with your soul if you are looking for real goodness


When you suffer, think not on how you can escape suffering, but concentrate your efforts on what kind of inner moral and spiritual perfection this suffering requires


Your understanding of your inner self holds the meaning of your life


If you do not know your place in the world and the meaning of your life, you should know there is something to blame; and it is not the social system, or your intellect, but the way in which you have directed your intellect