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War and Peace

War and Peace
Leo TolstoyOriginal title Война и миръ (Russian, 1869)

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, published serially, then in its entirety in 1869. It is regarded as one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievements.The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version, titled The Year 1805, were serialized in The Russian Messenger from 1865 to 1867, then published in its entirety in 1869.Tolstoy said War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle." Large sections, especially the later chapters, are philosophical discussion rather than narrative. Tolstoy also said that the best Russian literature does not conform to standards and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel. Instead, he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.


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„Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

Bk. X, ch. 16
War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869)

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„Well, pray if you like, only you'd do better to use your judgment.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

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„Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

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

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

Thoughts of Prince Andrew Bk XII, Ch. 16
Variant: All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
Source: War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869)
Context: Love hinders death. 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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„I often think how unfairly life's good fortune is sometimes distributed.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

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„When one's head is gone one doesn't weep over one's hair!“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

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„A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

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„Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

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„A king is history's slave.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

Bk. IX, ch. 1
Source: War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869)

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„The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

Bk. X, ch. 16
Source: War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869)

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„All we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the height of human wisdom.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

Variant: The only thing that we know is that we know nothing — and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.
Source: War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869), Ch. I

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