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Leo Tolstoy – A quiet secluded life in the country

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Leo TolstoyA quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)

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Leo Tolstoy – Freethinkers are those who are. . .

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Leo TolstoyFreethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)

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Leo Tolstoy – The impulse to seek cause is innate.

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Leo TolstoyThe combination of phenomena is beyond the grasp of the human intellect. But the impulse to seek cause is innate in the soul of man. And the human intellect, with no inkling of the immense variety and complexity of circumstances conditioning a phenomenon, any one of which may be separately conceived as the cause of it, snatches at the first and most easily understood approximation, and says here is the cause.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)
War and Peace Book XII, ch. 1

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Leo Tolstoy – To get power and retain it

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Leo TolstoyIn 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.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)

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Leo Tolstoy – Admitting the falsity of our conclusions

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Leo TolstoyI know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of 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.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)

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