War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published serially, then published in its entirety in 1869. It is regarded as one of Tolstoy’s finest literary achievements and remains a classic of world literature. Profoundly inspirational War and Peace quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.
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Famous War and Peace Quotes
Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
Yes, love, …but not the love that loves for something, to gain something, or because of something, but that love that I felt for the first time, when dying, I saw my enemy and yet loved him. I knew that feeling of love which is the essence of the soul, for which no object is needed. And I know that blissful feeling now too. To love one’s neighbours; to love one’s enemies. To love everything – to Love God in all His manifestations. Some one dear to one can be loved with human love; but an enemy can only be loved with divine love. And that was why I felt such joy when I felt that I loved that man. What happened to him? Is he alive? …Loving with human love, one may pass from love to hatred; but divine love cannot change. Nothing, not even death, can shatter it. It is the very nature of the soul. And how many people I have hated in my life. And of all people none I have loved and hated more than her…. If it were only possible for me to see her once more… once, looking into those eyes to say…
The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…
The only thing that we know is that we know nothing – and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.
If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.
I … want glory … want to be known to people, want to be loved by them … it’s the only thing I want.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
So that’s … so-called heroism? … And what harm had he done, with his dimple and his light blue eyes?
I knew that feeling of love which is the essence of the soul, for which no object is needed.
A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.’
Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself.
Only a person who believes … God … rules over us can endure such a loss as hers.
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.
History … the unconscious swarmlike life of mankind, uses every moment of a king’s life … for its purposes.
Some one dear to one can be loved with human love; but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.
Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.
The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness.
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.
Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.
You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.
We are asleep until we fall in Love!
He, … executioner of the peoples, assured himself that the goal of his actions was the good of the peoples.
Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.
He’s become somehow clean, smooth, fresh—as if from the bathhouse … morally from the bathhouse.
The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering.
If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself.
All people seemed to be such soldiers, saving themselves from life.
At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonable says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man’s power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. In solitude a man generally yields to the first voice; in society to the second.
I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.
Everything I know, I know because of love.
The strongest of all warriors are these two; Time and Patience.
Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering.
Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.
Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.
God is the same everywhere.
If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.
There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle
Millions of men, renouncing their human feelings … had to go from west to east to kill their own kind.
Everything is empty, everything is a deception, except this infinite sky … there is nothing except silence, tranquility.
It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.