“An arrogant person considers himself perfect. It is the main prejudice of arrogance. This hinders the main task of a person in life – become a better person.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Everyone is thinking about changing the world, but no one is thinking of changing.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable meaning is nothing but an instrument for the attainment of the government’s ambitious and mercenary aims, and a renunciation of human dignity, common sense, and conscience by the governed, and a slavish submission to those who hold power. That is what is really preached wherever patriotism is championed. Patriotism is slavery.” – Leo Tolstoy
Born Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy in Tula Province, Russia 1828 – 1910
Leo Tolstoy was an exceptionally gifted writer. Among his most famous works are War and Peace (1869), Anna Karenina (1877). His novels and short stories offer a window into the lives of the Russian people during the reign of the tsars. War and Peace remains one of his greatest novels and took ten years to complete. With an eye on realism and historical accuracy he paints a vivid picture of the social classes during the Russian invasion of the troops of Napoleon in 1812.