“War and Peace” quotes.

My first culture was Russian.

I think I read everything written by L. Tolstoy. I also read a lot about him and how some of his ideas were wrong and harmful.

However, I believe that it is very good for everyone to read his quotes from “War and Peace”, to think about meaning of each of them and relevance of these quotes today.

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Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.It is considered as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna Karenina.

The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869.Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books.In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

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

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

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

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

“The strongest of all warriors…

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World and abstract paintings.

“The more frightening the world becomes … the more art becomes abstract.”

Wassily Kandinsky.

World becomes more and more frightening daily.

Commercial airliners disappear without any trace or shut down.

There are wars between countries, civil wars, wars between religious and ethnic groups,

gang wars.

Millions of people have to leave their homes and their countries to save their lives.

Major countries are under attack by terrorists, criminals and people from poor countries.

There are fifth columns and too many ignorant people in every country.

There are too many incompetent leaders.

World needs peace!

I remember how bombs were falling on my wonderful city Odessa during the Great Patriotic War. I also remember that during evacuation our Red Cross’ train with children, women, sick and wounded was bombed and then many people who left cars were killed or wounded by bullets from planes’ guns.

We can see that UN is corrupt, ineffective and often helps aggressors directly or indirectly. Do we need UN? Should we spend millions for staying in it?

Do we need to give money to countries that are not our friends when there are many poor people in our country?

The world becomes more and more frightening and I feel a need to paint abstract paintings.

Below is my painting #15 (painted 7/5/2014).



Several quotes about peace.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

Jimi Hendrix

A people free to choose will always choose peace.

Ronald Reagan

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

John F. Kennedy

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.

Benjamin Franklin