"Love hinders death. Love is life."
Tolstoy in his study
Public DomainTolstoy in his study

 After his great crisis and conversion in 1878, Tolstoy came to believe that lovewas the most important value by which people should live their lives. Moments like this, however, show that the seed of this idea was within him for far longer.

His belief in the importance of love led to a theory of nonviolence which in turn had an enormous impact on Mahatma Gandhi, whose idea of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) was inspired by his reading of Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You. Gandhi and Tolstoy exchanged letters during the last year of Tolstoy's life.