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Leo Tolstoy Quotes on God (12 Quotes)


  • At that instant he knew that all his doubts, even the impossibility of believing with his reason, of which he was aware in himself, did not in the least hinder his turning to God. All of that now floated out of his soul like dust. To whom was he to turn if not to Him in whose hands he felt himself, his soul, and his love?
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • The Kingdom of God is Within You,
    (Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina")

  • It was only at her prayers that she felt able to think calmly and clearly either of Prince Andrey or Anatole, with a sense that her feelings for them were as nothing compared with her feel of worship and awe of God.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • It's all God's will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Lay me down like a stone oh God, and raise me up like a new bread"."
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")


  • 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.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.
    (Leo Tolstoy)

  • The best generals I have known were... stupid or absent-minded men. Not only does a good army commander not need any special qualities, on the contrary he needs the absence of the highest and best human attributes -- love, poetry, tenderness, and philosophic inquiring doubt. He should be limited, firmly convinced that what he is doing is very important (otherwise he will not have sufficient patience), and only then will he be a brave leader. God forbid that he should be humane, should love, or pity, or think of what is just and unjust.
    (Leo Tolstoy)

  • It is true, I deny the incomprehensible Trinity, and the fable regarding the fall of man, which is absurd in our day. It is true, I deny the sacrilegious story of a God born of a virgin to redeem the race.
    (Leo Tolstoy)

  • In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
    (Leo Tolstoy)

  • 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 by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
    (Leo Tolstoy)

  • The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
    (Leo Tolstoy)


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