Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
("War and Peace")
More Quotes from Leo Tolstoy:It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writing than to put one principle into practice
If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.
Power is the sum total of the wills of the mass, transfered by express or tactic agreement to rulers chosen by the masses.
A man's every action is inevitably conditioned by what surrounds him and by his own body.
A wife's a worry, a non-wife's even worse.
Religious superstition consists in the belief that the sacrifices, often of human lives, made to the imaginary being are essential, and that men may and should be brought to that state of mind by all methods, not excluding violence.
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I think good teachers are underpaid.
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.
In other words, the Church acknowledges Science as the higher authority.