There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way.
More quotes by Leo Tolstoy
Here I am alive, and it’s not my fault, so I have to try and get by as best I can without hurting anybody until death takes over.
More quotes about Wisdom
There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me-I always feel that they have not said enough.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds – not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but – a hatred of all injury.
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.
It is only through labour and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage; that we move on to better things.
The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.