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Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy



    Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness

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    The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.

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    What an immense mass of evil must result...from allowing men to assume the right of anticipating what may happen.

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    In this definition is contained the answer to the question as to what gives men the power to establish laws. What gives them the power to establish laws is the same thing which secures obedience to them - organized violence.

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

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    He had heard that women often love plain ordinary men, but he did not believe it, because he judged by himself and he could only love beautiful mysterious exceptional women.

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    In saying that without the power of the state, evil men would rule over the good. It is taken for granted that the good are precisely those who at the present time have power, and the bad the same who are no subjugated.

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    I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of thegreatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and mostobvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsityof conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues,which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven,thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

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    All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

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    If one loves, one loves the whole person as he or she is, and not as one might wish them to be.

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    What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.

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    Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.

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    In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty

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