Tag Archives: War and Peace

Our body is a living-machine. It is organized for …

8 Feb

Our body is a living-machine. It is organized for that purpose, that is its nature; let the life in it be left to itself; let it defend itself; it will do more than 

if you paralyze it by loading it down with remedies. Our body is like a perfect watch which is meant to go a certain time; the watchmaker cannot open it; he can only regulate it by his sense of feeling and with his eyes shut. Our body is a living-machine, that is all it is.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

Body is a living machine.

Body is a living machine.

 

Credit for success in battle depends not on …

8 Feb

Credit for success in battle depends not on them but on that man in the ranks who cries, “They have fled !” or who shouts “Hurrah !” And only in these ranks can you serve with any assurance that you are of service.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

A good leader on the field of battle needs not genius or any of the …

5 Feb

A good leader on the field of battle needs not genius or any of the special qualities so much as he needs the exact opposite, or the lack of the highest human qualities- love, poetry, affection, a philosophical, investigating skepticism. He must be narrowminded, firmly convinced that what he is doing is absolutely essential (otherwise he will not have patience), and then only will he be a brave leader. God pity him if he is a man who has any love for any one, or any pity, or has any scruples about right or wrong.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

The French man is self-confident because he considers himself individually, both as regards mind and …

1 Feb

The French man is self-confident because he considers himself individually, both as regards mind and body, irresistibly captivating to either men or women. The Englishman is self-confident through his absolute conviction that he is a citizen of the most fortunately constituted kingdom in the world, and because, as an Englishman, he knows always and in all circumstances what it is requisite for him to do, and also knows that all that he does as an Englishman is correct beyond cavil. The Italian is self-confident because he is excitable, and easily forgets himself and others. The Russian is self-confident for the precise reason that he knows nothing, and wishes to know nothing, because he believes that it is impossible to know anything. But the German is self-confident in a worse way than all the rest above and beyond all the rest, because he imagines that he knows the truth, – the science which he has himself invented, but which for him is absolute truth ! 

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

Forgiveness is a woman`s …

30 Jan

Forgiveness is a woman`s virtue. But a man has no right and no power to forgive and forget.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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Sorrow is sent by Him, and comes not from …

28 Jan

Sorrow is sent by Him, and comes not from men.Men are His instruments; they are not accountable. If it seem to you that any one is culpable toward you, forget it and forgive.We have no right to punish.And you will find happiness in forgiving.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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There is a familiar state of mind which comes over a man after a…

25 Jan

There is a familiar state of mind which comes over a man after a dinner, and, acting with greater force than all the dictates of mere reason, compels him to be satisfied with himself and to consider all men his friends.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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Those whom God wishes to …

23 Jan

Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to…

21 Jan

Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to Moscow because he wanted to go, and was ruined because Alexander wished him to be ruined; equally right and equally wrong would be the man who should declare that a mountain, weighing millions of tons and undermined, fell in consequence of the last blow of mattock dealt by the last laborer.In the events of history, so-called great men are merely tags that supply a name to the event, and have quite as little connection with the event itself as the tag. Every one of their actions, though apparently performed by their own free will, is, in its historical significance, out of the scope of volition, and is correlated with the whole trend of history; and is, consequently, preordained from all eternity.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

When an apple is ripe and falls, what makes it…

19 Jan

When an apple is ripe and falls, what makes it fall ? Is it the attraction of gravitation ? or is it because its stem withers ? or because the sun dries it up ?  or  because it is heavy ? or because the wind shakes it ? or because the small boy standing underneath is hungry for it ? There is no such proximate cause.The whole thing is the result of all those conditions, in accordance with which every vital, organic, complex event occurs.And the botanist who argues that the apple fell from the effect of decomposing vegetable tissue, or the like, is just as much in the right as the boy who, standing below, declares that the apple fell because he wanted to eat it, and prayed for it.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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