Tolstoy, besides being a magnificent novelist, is one of the very few men alive who have a real, solid, and serious view of life. He is a Catholic Church, of which he is the only member, the somewhat arrogant Pope, and the somewhat submissive layman. . .Destroy the last copy of the Bible, and persecution and insane orgies will be founded on Mr. Herbert Spencer’s “Synthetic Philosophy.” Some of the broadest thinkers of the Middle Ages believed in faggots*, and some of the broadest thinkers of the nineteenth century believe in dynamite. – G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), from “Leo Tolstoy” (1903).
*an old English term meaning “firewood”.