—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.
—Confucius (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
Cowardice is knowing what you should do and then not doing it.
—Tolstoy, in “A calendar of wisdom“
The essence of all religious teaching lies in love. The special characteristic of the teaching about love lies in the fact that it has clearly and precisely defined the main condition of love – a condition which, if not observed, destroys any possibility of love. This condition is as follows: do not resist evil with violence.
Any self-improvement is impossible if you live constantly in the bustle of the everyday world. But it is even less possible if you live in constant solitude. If you want to improve yourself, the very best approach is to develop and establish your view of things in solitude and then to apply it as you live in the everyday world.
— Tolstoy (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
There must be a limit to life, just as with the fruits of a tree and of the earth, or the seasons of the year; everything must have a beginning, a continuation and an end. Wise people accept this process willingly.
— Cicero, TD (from ‘A calendar of wisdom’ by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
The opposite of fear is love—love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.
—Steven Pressfield in ‘Do the Work’