Leo Tolstoy: Tell the truth

To tell the truth is the same as to be a good tailor, or to be a good farmer, or to write beautifully. To be good at any activity requires practice: no matter how hard you try, you cannot do naturally what you have not done repeatedly. In order to get accustomed to speaking the truth, you should tell only the truth, even in the smallest of things.”

—Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy: Strange illusion

portrait of Leo Tolstoy

portrait of Leo Tolstoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Leo Tolstoy: Truth

Leo Tolstoy 1848

Leo Tolstoy 1848 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).