"God and the soul are known
by me in the same way I know infinity: not by means of definitions but in
quite another way...Just as I know assuredly that there is an infinity of
numbers so do I know that there is a God...For me this knowledge is
indubitable, simply because I am led to it unavoidably.
To the certainty of the infinity of numbers I am led by addition. To the
certainty of the knowledge of God I am led by the question `Whence come I?'
I was born of my mother, and she of my grand-mother, but the very
first of whom? And I inevitably arrive at God.
From whatever side I approach God it will always be the same. The origin of
my thoughts, my reason is God. The origin of my love also is He. The origin
of matter is He too.
(Tolstoy, 1937, 498)
L. Recollections and Essays. London: Oxford University Press, 1937.