Archive for the ‘Leo Tolstoy’ Category

True life begins where the tiny bit begins – where what seem to us minute and infinitely small alterations take place

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
eroding seaside cliff

“Why, you only touched it a tiny bit, but it is quite another thing.” Bryullóv replied: “Art begins where the tiny bit begins.”

That saying is strikingly true not only of art but of all…

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Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life’s impossible

Monday, October 31st, 2011
thoughtful man

He must escape from this power. And the means of escape every man had in his own hands. He had but to cut short this dependence on evil. And there was one means – death.

And Levin, a happy father and husband, in perfect health…

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We very early said to ourselves that we had lost the battle, and so we had

Monday, October 10th, 2011
red abstract

And we said so because we had no business fighting there: we wanted to get away from the field of battle as soon as possible. ‘We have lost, so we ought to run!’ and we ran. If we had not said so until evening, God knows what would have happened. To-morrow we will not say so. You say of our position that the left flank is…

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If there are as many minds as there are men, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts

Friday, February 12th, 2010

“I’m surprised at the parents! They say it’s a marriage of passion.”

“Of passion? What antediluvian thoughts you have! Who talks about passions these days?” said the ambassador’s wife.

“What’s to be done? This stupid old fashion hasn’t gone…”

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Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Napoleon on horseback

“I can neither taste nor smell,” he remarked, sniffing at his glass. “This cold is tiresome. They talk about medicine – what is the good of medicine when it can’t cure a cold! Corvisart gave me these lozenges but they don’t help at…”

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

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Amtico-Ding Dong shoe

It is quite true that for the production of boots or loaves division of labor is very advantageous, and that the bootmaker or baker who need not prepare his own dinner or fetch his own fuel will make more boots or loaves than if he had to busy himself about these matters. But…

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All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love

Friday, February 6th, 2009

“Love? What is love?” he thought.

“Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united…

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