25 Wise and mind provoking quotes on Love, from Leo Tolstoy

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 “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.”

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2

“You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.”

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3

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

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4

“But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

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5

“Every heart has its own skeletons.”

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6

“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.”

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7

“They've got no idea what happiness is, they don't know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us--there is no life.”

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8

“If you love me as you say you do,' she whispered, 'make it so that I am at peace.”

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9

“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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10

“It's hard to love a woman and do anything.”

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11

“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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12

“Love those you hate you.”

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13

“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.”

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14

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.”

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15

“He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.”

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16

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”

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17

“Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand."

 

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18

“I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”

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19

“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...”

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20

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.”

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“Everything I know, I know because of love.”

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22

“To get rid of an enemy one must love him. ”

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23

“We are asleep until we fall in Love!”

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24

“He went down trying not to look long at her, as though she were the sun, but he saw her, as one sees the sun, without looking.”

 

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“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...”

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