By Yana BondarchukMon. 15 Apr. 20243min Read

10 Famous Resurrection Quotes

Explore key quotes from Tolstoy's "Resurrection," a profound novel on moral awakening and social justice.
10 Famous Resurrection Quotes

If you are drawn to the profound and philosophical novels of Russian literature, you might be familiar with Leo Tolstoy's works. Below, we explore some of our team's favorite quotes from one of his lesser-known but deeply impactful novels, "Resurrection."

"Resurrection" is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1899. It is one of Tolstoy's last major works and has remained a significant piece in the canon of Russian literature since its publication. Set in late 19th-century Russia, the novel examines themes of injustice, morality, redemption, and the stark contrasts between the opulence of the aristocracy and the harsh realities of the peasantry. Through its narrative, Tolstoy delves into the possibility of spiritual renewal and societal reform, making a powerful critique of the social and judicial systems of his time.

"To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business." – Leo Tolstoy

"Resurrection" strikes a deep chord with me for its honest portrayal of human frailty and the struggle for moral redemption. Tolstoy's insight into the ease with which we justify our wrongdoings is both timeless and universally applicable, making it a profound read for anyone introspecting on personal and societal ethics.

"The whole trouble lies in that people think that there are circumstances in which one may deal with human beings without love, but no such circumstances ever exist." – Leo Tolstoy

In "Resurrection," Tolstoy teaches us the essentiality of love in all human interactions. His belief in love as a fundamental, unyielding principle is something that resonates with me personally, influencing how I view and engage with the world around me.

"Truth, like gold, is not the less so for being newly brought out of the mine." – Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's comparison of truth to gold freshly mined reflects his deep philosophical inquiries into the nature of truth and its enduring value. "Resurrection" challenges readers to confront their own truths and the realities of societal injustices, which is why it remains so compelling.

"If you want to be happy, be so." – Leo Tolstoy

This simple yet profound advice encapsulates Tolstoy's philosophy that personal happiness is a choice rather than a circumstance. This novel, filled with reflections on personal responsibility, urges us to claim ownership over our happiness.

"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness." – Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's critical eye on societal values, like the superficial equating of beauty with virtue, remains relevant today. This quote highlights his knack for unveiling the often misguided judgments that society upholds.

"One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love." – Leo Tolstoy

Through his narrative in "Resurrection," Tolstoy explores the balance of labor and love as essential to a fulfilling life. His personal life, marked by a quest for spiritual and social reform, mirrors this belief.

"I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness." – Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's own journey towards spiritual and ethical enlightenment deeply influences the thematic course of "Resurrection." His reflections often feel intimate, as if he is conversing directly with the reader.

"A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction." – Leo Tolstoy

This quote is a brilliant metaphor for self-awareness. It speaks to the core of Tolstoy's writings in "Resurrection"—a call for humility and true self-assessment.

"No matter how bad his natural disposition, a man understands the truth and goodness, and lives in accordance with it, becomes a just and good man." – Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy believed in the potential for redemption and transformation, a theme central to "Resurrection." This belief in change and moral awakening is what makes the novel profoundly hopeful and inspiring.

"Every lie is a poison; there are no harmless lies. Only the truth is safe. Only truth gives me consolation - it is the one unbreakable diamond." – Leo Tolstoy

Here, Tolstoy captures the essence of his moral philosophy—that truth, despite its often harsh realities, holds the key to integrity and peace. "Resurrection" serves as a compelling narrative that intertwines these philosophical explorations with a gripping plot, making it a deeply enriching read.

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