tolstoi

“My opponent is rational! And you know who *else* was rational? Napoleon! Therefore, my opponent is evil.” Similarly, water is evil because the people who burned down the white house in the war of 1812 drank water.
—  ilzolende discussing the way Tolstoy draws comparison between a Russian bureaucrat and Napoleon Bonaparte in War and Peace, on the basis that they’re both concerned with being rational.

i am just very attracted to boys who are 6ft or taller and have messy hair and a dark voice and look like a drug addict but in a good way and have tattoos and maybe a lip piercing and look like they haven’t slept for weeks and are kind of bad boys but as soon as you get to know them they read puschkin and tolstoi and poe and write poems and play an instrument or two and send you messages at 2am asking you to go for a road trip and watch the stars with you

There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one; the regeneration of the inner man.
How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.
—  Leo Tolstoy, Three Methods of Reform