Leo Tolstoy, His Life and Work: Autobiographical Memoirs, Letters, and Biographical Material. Childhood and early manhood ...

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1906 - 370 pages
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Page 239 - When I saw the head divided from the body, and heard the sound with which they fell separately into the box, I understood, not with my reason, but with my whole being, that no theory of the wisdom of all established things, nor of progress, could justify such an act ; and that if all the men in the world from the day of creation, by whatever theory, had found this thing necessary...
Page 196 - During that time I began to write, out of vanity, love of gain and pride. I followed as a writer the same path which I had chosen as a man. In order to obtain the fame and...
Page 105 - I honestly desired to make myself a good and virtuous man; but I was young, I had passions, and I stood alone, altogether alone, in my search after virtue. Every time I tried to express the longings of my heart for a truly virtuous life, I was met with contempt and derisive laughter, but directly I gave way to the lowest of my passions, I was praised and encouraged. I found ambition, love of power, love of gain, lechery, pride, anger, vengeance, held in high esteem.
Page 332 - There are no rights of education. I do not acknowledge such, nor have they been acknowledged nor will they ever be by the young generation under education, which always and everywhere is set against compulsion in education.
Page 106 - I put men to death in war, I fought duels to slay others. I lost at cards, wasted my substance wrung from the sweat of peasants, punished the latter cruelly, rioted with loose women and deceived men. Lying, robbery, adultery of all kinds, drunkenness, violence and murder, all committed by me, not one crime omitted, and yet I was not the less considered by my equals a comparatively moral man.
Page 181 - Faith has suggested to me a great, a stupendous idea, to the realisation of which I feel myself capable of devoting my life. This idea is the founding of a new religion corresponding to the present state of mankind : the religion of Christianity, but purged of dogmas and mysticism : a practical religion, not promising future bliss, but giving bliss on earth.
Page 186 - How Tolstoy woke us all up in those hard times of war, with his stories and his hastily composed couplets ! He was really the soul of our battery. When he was with us we did not notice how time flew, and there was no end to the general gaiety. . . . When the Count was away, when he trotted off to Simferopol, we all hung our heads. He would vanish for one, two or three days. . . . At last he would return — the very picture of a prodigal son ! sombre, worn out, and dissatisfied with himself.
Page 337 - I, like all people who are free from the superstition of progress, observe only that humanity lives, that the memories of the past as much increase as they disappear; the labours of the past frequently serve as a basis for the labours of the present, and just as frequently as an impediment ; that the well-being of people now increases in one place, in one stratum, and in one sense, and now diminishes ; that, no matter how desirable...
Page 180 - A conversation about Divinity and Faith has suggested to me a great, a stupendous idea, to the realisation of which I feel myself capable of devoting my life.
Page 71 - God, 1 and that all we were taught on the subject was a mere invention (this was in 1838). I remember well how interested my elder brothers were in this news ; I was admitted to their deliberations, and we all eagerly accepted the theory as something particularly attractive and possibly quite true.

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