And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian novelist and moral philosopher
Pamphlets, “Some Social Remedies,” “Three Methods of Reform” [tr. Free Age Press (1900)]

More common variant: "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 27-Apr-21
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