Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

Leo Tolstoy received multiple nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1910 and the fact that he never won is a major Nobel prize controversy.

Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana, a family estate 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) southwest of Tula, Russia, and 200 kilometers (120 mi) south of Moscow in 1828.

He is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction.

Leo Tolstoy first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War.

Tolstoy’s fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.

In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession.

His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist.

Tolstoy’s ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Tolstoy also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection (1899).

Leo Tolstoy Quotes:

1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

2. “Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed. ”

3. “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

4. “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

5. “If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

6. “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”

7. “If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.”

8. “We are asleep until we fall in Love!”

9. “Seize the moments of happiness, love, and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.”

10. “Something magical has happened to me: like a dream when one feels frightened and creepy, and suddenly wakes up to the knowledge that no such terrors exist. I have wakened up.”

11. “God is the same everywhere.”

12. “There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.”

13. “Music makes me forget my real situation. It transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not feel, to understand what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have.”

14. “Energy rests upon love; and come as it will, there’s no forcing it.”

15. “In all human sorrow nothing gives comfort but love and faith, and that in the sight of Christ’s compassion for us no sorrow is trifling.”

16. “History would be a wonderful thing – if it were only true.”

17. “One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”

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