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Leo Tolstoy
Russian novelist
(1828-1910)



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In historical events great men -- so-called -- are but labels serving to give a name to the event, and like labels they have the least possible connexion with the event itself.
-- War and Peace (1868-69)

The cudgel of the people's war was lifted with all its menacing and majestic might, and caring nothing for good taste and procedure, with dull-witted simplicity but sound judgement, it rose and fell, making no distinction.
-- War and Peace (1868-69)

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
-- Anna Karenina (1875-77)

The candle by which she had been reading the book filled with trouble and deceit, sorrow and evil, flared up with a brighter light, illuminating for her everything that before had been enshrouded in darkness, flickered, grew dim, and then went out for ever.
-- Anna Karenina (1875-77)

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means -- except by getting off his back.
-- Writings on Civil Disobedience and Non Violence (1886)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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