Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
What would Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy tell us… if he were
alive, today? is a question that has crossed my mind.
And I have let the question float amidst the corridors of
my mind, in its search for an answer.
"What else… would he want to tell us, Now?
This very moment!"
I am imagining this conversation with Tolstoy, on War
and Peace. And what better way than connecting to his
Gratefully, the essence of his spirit, mind and soul
reverberates, to this day, through his words... books...,
hence quotes. Whilst I shall go on ... following the
answers I receive from the flow of the question,
instead of imagining a conversation with Tolstoy, let us
indulge 8 of his quotes.
1. "The sole meaning of life is to serve Humanity."
If they could heed your words.
2." War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the
voice of conscience within themselves."
Is there any conscience left? the mind can't help it but ask itself.
3. "In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the
governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of
the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful."
4. "War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man,
especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of
5. "The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and
the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded."
6." All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of
suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do."
7. 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.
8. Love is life.
All, everything that I understand,
I understand only because I love.
Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.
Nevertheless, it’s as if Tolstoy were here, with us, in the
here and now. This is the brilliant magic of the written
word. It transcends all dimensions of time, space, and
And therefore, words imply responsibilty and
We speak, hence we create, we become, we ... are.
And, we feel!
For words are signatures of the spirit sewn on the
brilliant ribbon of the universe.
#Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
' "Love? What is love?" he thought.
"Love hinders death. 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."
These thoughts seemed to him comforting. But they were only thoughts. Something was lacking in them, they were not clear, they were too one-sidedly personal and brain-spun. And there was the former agitation and obscurity.
He fell asleep." '
(War and Peace, Chapter 16)
🎨: Alex Antonov