Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but essential for right thinking. -Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer, who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He was also known as Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Anna Karina and War and Peace are his best novels. He was born on August 28, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, central Russia. At that time Tolstoy family was one of the oldest and wealthy families in Russia.

He lost his mother when he was two, and his father when he was nine. He was not good at studying and he left his studies without finishing his degree. After a few years, he started writing and in 1952 his first novel childhood was published. He also wrote plays and essays. Tolstoy joined the army in 1851 but the loss of life filled him with horror, as a result, he left the army’ in 1862, he got married to Sofia Andreyevna Behrs. His wife also helped him in his work. Tolstoy experienced a major spiritual crisis when he was sixty.

Tolstoy believed that violence is wrong and people should refuse to fight in the war. Mahatama Gandhi was greatly influenced by Leo Tolstoy’s ideas of non-violence resistance. Tolstoy died in 1910 from pneumonia, at the age of eighty-two.

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