Quotes from book
A Confession

A Confession
Leo TolstoyOriginal title Исповедь (Russian, 1882)

A Confession , or My Confession, is a short work on the subject of melancholia, philosophy and religion by the acclaimed Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. It was written in 1879 to 1880, when Tolstoy was in his early fifties.


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„The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book A Confession

Source: Confession (1882), Ch. 5, translated by David Patterson, 1983
Source: A Confession

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