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1828 - 1910, Russian author

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.
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All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love.
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A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he
participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.
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What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you
deal with incompatibility.
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Boredom: The desire for desires.
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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
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Great works of art are only great because they are accessible and comprehensible to
everyone.
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If you want to be happy, be.
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Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without
fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This
state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.
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When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.
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The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
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To tell the truth is very difficult, and young people are rarely capable of it.
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It is not beauty that endears, it's love that makes us see beauty.
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There is no significant idea which cannot be explained to an intelligent twelve year old boy in
fifteen minutes.
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Music is the shorthand of emotion.
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One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be
broken.
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To get rid of an enemy one must love him.
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Anything is better than lies and deceit!
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Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.
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Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all
else is folly.
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We lost because we told ourselves we lost.
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Two horses were carrying two loads. The front horse went well, but the rear horse was lazy.
The men began to pile the rear horse's load on the front horse; when they had transferred it
all, the rear horse found it easy going, and he said to the front horse: "Toil and sweat! The
more you try, the more you have to suffer." When they reached the tavern, the owner said:
"Why should I fodder two horses when I carry all on one? I had better give the one all the
food it wants, and cut the throat of the other; at least I shall have the hide." And so he did.
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It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
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The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only
distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of
this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation.
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Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same
necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
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Let us forgive each other. Only then will we live in peace.
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Every lie is a poison. There are no harmless lies. Only the truth is safe. Only the truth gives
me consolation – it is the one unbreakable diamond.
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If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.
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The best stories don't come from "good vs bad" but "good vs good."
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An eagle built a nest on a tree, and hatched out some eaglets. And a wild sow brought her
litter under the tree. The eagle used to fly off after her prey, and bring it back to her young.
And the sow rooted around the tree and hunted in the woods, and when night came she
would bring her young something to eat. And the eagle and the sow lived in neighborly
fashion. And a grimalkin laid her plans to destroy the eaglets and the little sucking pigs. She
went to the eagle, and said, ""Eagle, you had better not fly very far away. Beware of the
sow; she is planning an evil design. She is going to undermine the roots of the tree. You see
she is rooting all the time." Then the grimalkin went to the sow and said, "Sow, you have not
a good neighbor. Last evening I heard the eagle saying to her eaglets: 'My dear little eaglets,
I am going to treat you to a nice little pig. Just as soon as the sow is gone, I will bring you a
little young sucking pig.'" From that time the eagle ceased to fly out after prey, and the sow
did not go any more into the forest. The eaglets and the young pigs perished of starvation,
and grimalkin feasted on them.
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Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.
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A monkey was carrying two handfuls of peas. One little pea dropped out. He tried to pick up,
and spilt twenty. He tried to pick up the twenty, and spilt them all. Then he lost his temper,
scattered the peas in all directions, and ran away.
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There is only one time that is important - NOW! It is the most important time because it is
the only time that we have any power.
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