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Quotes of the Day for 9 September 2001 – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born at Tula in Russia on this day in 1828. His aristocratic parents died when Leo was very young and he was raised by relatives. After school he led a dissolute life in Petrograd rather than attending to the family estate, then entered the army to gain discipline, and wrote his first novel Childhood in his spare time. He devoted his attention in his later years to ending war, after leaving behind a mountain of books - there were a lot of quotes to choose from.

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The quotes:

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
     - All today's qutoes are from Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, 1828 - 1910


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