“everything is tough” and you can grit your way through it and come out the other side, battle-tested, and with rings on your fingers
—Tolstoy in “A Calendar of Wisdom“
The truly useful, the truly good, and therefore the truly great, is always simple.
No amount of money or sex could take the place of friendship, loyalty and a girlie heart-to-heart. “Sex [you] could, and did, get everywhere,” she once wrote. “Warmth was rare.”
—The Economist, in ‘Obituary: Judith Krantz died on June 22nd’
(Also: why I believe that sexual infidelity is immaterial. Emotional infidelity is what really matters. Yet, the society considers them the reverse.)
Women leave in greater numbers than men, says Hiroya Masuda, the author of an alarming report on rural depopulation. “There is a glass ceiling for women everywhere, but in rural areas it tends to be made of thick steel,” he says.
—The Economist, in ‘Rural areas bear the burden of Japan’s ageing, shrinking population’
It’s not just in Japan.
Bovids, equids and, in particular, canids, were put to work by H. sapiens; felids always took a slightly different view of the matter, but were indulged for their rodent-catching talents.
—The Economist, in ‘Pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners’
—Tolstoy, in “A Calendar of Wisdom“
It is not how much you know that is important, but what you know. It is possible to know a great many things, but without knowing what you most need to know.
—Tolstoy (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
If you are afraid of something, you should know that the cause of your fear is something within, rather than outside, you.