All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Pt. I, ch. 1Variant translations: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.Leo Tolstoy
Science is meaningless because it gives no answer to our question, the only question important for us: 'what shall we do and how shall we liveLeo Tolstoy
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.Leo Tolstoy
The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.Leo Tolstoy
Condemn me if you choose I do that myself, but condemn me , and not the path which I am following, and which I point out to those who ask me where, in my opinion, the path is.Leo Tolstoy
There is only one enduring happiness in life to live for others.Leo Tolstoy
The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.Leo Tolstoy
The error arises from the learned jurists deceiving themselves and others, by asserting that government is not what it really is, one set of men banded together to oppress another set of men , but, as shown by science, is the representation of the citizens in their collective capacity.Leo Tolstoy
One is ashamed to say how little is needed for all men to be delivered from those calamities which now oppress them; it is only needful not to lie.Leo Tolstoy
Do not resist the evil-doer and take no part in doing so, either in the violent deeds of the administration, in the law courts, the collection of taxes, or above all in soldiering, and no one in the world will be able to enslave you.Leo Tolstoy
What is now happening to the people of the East as of the West is like what happens to every individual when he passes from childhood to adolescence and from youth to manhood. He loses what had hitherto guided his life and lives without direction, not having found a new standard suitable to his age, and so he invents all sorts of occupations, cares, distractions, and stupefactions to divert his attention from the misery and senselessness of his life. Such a condition may last a long time.Leo Tolstoy
Giving alms is only a virtuous deed when you give money that you yourself worked to get.Leo Tolstoy
The most important person is the one you are with in this moment.Leo Tolstoy
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.Leo Tolstoy
Perfection is impossible without humility. Why should I strive for perfection, if I am already good enough?Leo Tolstoy
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