Effort is not a means to lead us to happiness. Effort itself is happiness.
Other Leo Tolstoy quotes:
When you say, 'I can't do that,' you're expressing yourself incorrectly. You should say, 'I couldn't do that before.'
When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.
Happiness is pleasure without regret.
If you're not enjoying your work, you should either change your attitude, or change your job.
A leader is the wave pushed ahead by the ship.
Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.
Act as if you are, and you will become such.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life - becoming a better person.
Whenever my life came to a halt, the questions would arise: Why? And what next?