War and Peace Quotes

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.It is considered as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna Karenina.

The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869.Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books.In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

“A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.”

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

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

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”

“When one’s head is gone one doesn’t weep over one’s hair!”

“A man’s every action is inevitably conditioned by what surrounds him and by his own body.”

“Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.”

“You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.”

“We love people not so much for the good they’ve done us, as for the good we’ve done them.”

“The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…”

“It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.”

“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

“I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.”

“We are asleep until we fall in Love!”

“Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself. ”

“Everything I know, I know because of love.”

“How often we sin, how much we deceive, and all for what?… All will end in death, all!”

“Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.”

“It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.”

“How can one be well…when one suffers morally?”

“Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it. ”

“Everything depends on upbringing. ”

“In order to understand, observe, deduce, man must first be conscious of himself as alive.”

“Each man lives for himself, uses his freedom to achieve his personal goals, and feels with his whole being that right now he can or cannot do such-and-such an action; but as soon as he does it, this action, committed at a certain moment in time, becomes irreversible, and makes itself the property of history, in which is has not a free but a predestined significance. ”

“Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering.”

“Here’s my advice to you: don’t marry until you can tell yourself that you’ve done all you could, and until you’ve stopped loving the women you’ve chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise you’ll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Marry when you’re old and good for nothing…Otherwise all that’s good and lofty in you will be lost.”

“God is the same everywhere.”

“It’s too easy to criticize a man when he’s out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else’s mistakes.”

“He had the unlucky capacity many men have of seeing and believing in the possibility of goodness and truth, but of seeing the evil and falsehood of life too clearly to take any serious part in it.”

“Here I am alive, and it’s not my fault, so I have to try and get by as best I can without hurting anybody until death takes over.”

“In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning. ”

“You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom.”

“Life did not stop, and one had to live.”

“Man lives consciously for himself, but serves as an unconscious instrument for the achievement of historical, universally human goals. ”

“Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.”

“There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before…”

“Kings are the slaves of history.”

“A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.”

“This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer. ”

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About the alchemist

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. ~Rumi
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6 Responses to War and Peace Quotes

  1. Love this! All quotes from
    Tolstoy?
    I look forward to reading more from you! Great blog! 🙂

  2. JF says:

    Reblogged this on PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and commented:
    My first culture was Russian. I think I read everything written by L. Tolstoy. I also read a lot about him and how some of his ideas were wrong and harmful.
    However, I believe that it is very good for everyone to read his quotes from “War and Peace”, to think about meaning of each of them and relevence of these quotes today.

  3. Stephania says:

    Ignorance in the physical concerning Truth and Reality are brought along with them in the discarnate
    state. The two dialogue in an attempt to figure out the best
    course of action. When we humans put things into perspective we will soon realize that science is no different from metaphysics and spirituality.

  4. “If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.” I cannot wrap my head around this statement to understand his meaning. Anyone interested in offering their interpretation?

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