Download e-book for kindle: A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy (translated by Peter Sekirin)

By Leo Tolstoy (translated by Peter Sekirin)

ISBN-10: 0684837935

ISBN-13: 9780684837932

This can be the first-ever English-language variation of the ebook Leo Tolstoy thought of to be his most vital contribution to humanity, the paintings of his life's final years. greatly learn in prerevolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten below Communism; and lately rediscovered to nice pleasure, A Calendar of knowledge is a daily advisor that illuminates the trail of a existence worthy residing with a brightness undimmed by means of time. Unjustly censored for almost a century, it merits to be positioned with the few books in our historical past that would by no means stop instructing us the essence of what's vital during this international.

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Simplicity is the consequence of refined emotions. —Jean d’Alembert Words can unite people. Therefore, try to speak very clearly, and tell only the truth, for nothing can unite peo­ ple more than truth and simplicity. February 16 The younger and the more primitive a person is, the more he or she believes that life is material and that it exists only in the body The older and wiser a person becomes, the more he or she understands that all life originates from the spirit. Look at the sky, and at the earth, and think that all things pass.

Thus it is with a human soul: you can surround it with all the pleasures on earth, but it will still be missing its home, the beginning which is called God, the place from which it has originated. —After the Talmud Even if people do not know what real kindness is, they nevertheless have it within them. —Confucius God lives in every one of us. When a person remembers this, the thought of it can save him from evil, and help him to do good. February 15 There is simplicity of nature, and there is simplicity of wisdom.

Dhammapada, a book of Buddhist wisdom It is better to know several basic rules of life than to study many unnecessary sciences. The major rules of life will stop you from evil and show you the good path in life; but the knowledge of many unnecessary sciences may lead you into the temptation of pride, and stop you from understanding the basic rules of life. January 26 A rich man cannot be merciful. If he becomes really mer­ ciful, he will quickly lose his riches. Stop robbing others before you give money to beggars.

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