The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Leo Tolstoy (1828 ~ 1910 )
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Boredom: the desire for desires.
If you want to be happy, be.
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
We lost because we told ourselves we lost.
What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.
Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.
And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people.
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do
All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.
There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.
There is only one time that is important - NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time hat we have any power.
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.