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Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” Quotes (102 Quotes)


  • Everything ends in death, everything. Death is terrible.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Man lives consciously for himself, but serves as an unconscious instrument for the achievement of historical, universally human goals.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Those whom God wishes to destroy he drives mad.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • How often we sin, how much we deceive, and all for what?... All will end in death, all!
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")


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

  • When an apple has ripened and falls, why does it fall? Because of its attraction to the earth, because its stalk withers, because it is dried by the sun, because it grows heavier, because the wind shakes it, or because the boy standing below wants to eat it?
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • But despite the fact that the doctors treated him, bled him, and gave him medicines to drink -- he recovered.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • It was necessary that millions of men in whose hands lay the real power -- the soldiers who fired, or transported provisions and guns -- should consent to carry out the will of these weak individuals...
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • For a few seconds they looked silently into each other's eyes, and the distant and impossible suddenly became near, possible, and inevitable.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Millions of men, renouncing their human feelings and reason, had to go from west to east to slay their fellows, just as some centuries previously hordes of men had come from the east to the west slaying their fellows.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • A man's every action is inevitably conditioned by what surrounds him and by his own body.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")

  • Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it.
    (Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace")


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