I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.
— Ernest Hemingway

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
Mike Tyson tolstoy quote

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
— Haruki Murakami

Isaiah Berlin once said that there are two kinds of writers, hedgehogs and foxes. He said the fox knows many things, the hedgehog knows just one thing. So Shakespeare is a typical fox; Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky are typical hedgehogs. Now, I'm a typical hedgehog. I know just one thing, and I repeat it over and over again. I try to approach it from different angles to make it look different, but it's the same thing.
— Colin Wilson

People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher --a Roosevelt, a Tolstoy, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away. My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days. It's the surest path to obscurity. People get sick of hearing the same name over and over.
— Unknown