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Leo Tolstoy

What Men Live By, and Other Tales

  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    'Loss and gain are brothers twain.'
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    All human temples are built on the model of this temple, which is God's own world. Every temple has its fonts, its vaulted roof, its lamps, its pictures or sculptures, its inscriptions, its books of the law, its offerings, its altars and its priests. But in what temple is there such a font as the ocean; such a vault as that of the heavens; such lamps as the sun, moon, and stars; or any figures to be compared with living, loving, mutually-helpful men? Where are there any records of God's goodness so easy to understand as the blessings which God has strewn abroad for man's happiness? Where is there any book of the law so clear to each man as that written in his heart? What sacrifices equal the self-denials which loving men and women make for one another? And what altar can be compared with the heart of a good man, on which God Himself accepts the sacrifice?

    “The higher a man's conception of God, the better will he know Him. And the better he knows God, the nearer will he draw to Him, imitating His goodness, His mercy, and His love of man.
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    Each man wants to have a special God of his own, or at least a special God for his native land.
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    Remember then: there is only one time that is important— Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!”
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    “I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love.”
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    “It was not given to the mother to know what her children needed for their life. Nor was it given to the rich man to know what he himself needed. Nor is it given to any man to know whether, when evening comes, he will need boots for his body or slippers for his corpse.
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    “I remained alive when I was a man, not by care of myself, but because love was present in a passer-by, and because he and his wife pitied and loved me. The orphans remained alive not because of their mother's care, but because there was love in the heart of a woman, a stranger to them, who pitied and loved them. And all men live not by the thought they spend on their own welfare, but because love exists in man.
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    all men live not by the thought they spend on their own welfare, but because love exists in man.
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    “I have learnt that all men live not by care for themselves but by love.
  • Rubyhas quotedlast year
    It is not given to man to know his own needs.
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