Who is 185 today?

I’ve got another famous birthday to share. Here’s his picture, but it’s when he’s young so most probably won’t recognize him.

from flag.blackened.net

from flag.blackened.net

I’ll give you a few hints via quotes.

“It’s amazing how complete the delusion that beauty is goodness.”  (That one’s a bit obscure so try this one.)

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” (I think he may be right on this, but I don’t necessarily like that he’s right – Oh! I’ve given away a clue: the person is a male. Well, I guess the picture gives that away, anyway!)

(I didn’t know about this one but I like it.) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

(Are you getting closer? This one should give it away. It’s one of my favorites.)
“All, everything I understand, I understand  only because I love.”

Any idea yet?

Initials are: L. T.

He was Russian.

Okay, now you’ve got it. Yes, it’s Leo Tolstoy. tolstoy -Leo was born on Sept 9th, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. He died Nov. 20th, 1910.

I’m going to share one more I didn’t know of but I think is very apt for the time: “Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.”

Well said, Leo, well said.

(photo taken from americaniliteratei.blogspot.com)

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