—Tolstoy (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
The most common reason why people are reluctant to accept the truth is that they feel offended by the form in which it has been expressed.
Cavers and miners of the future will spot the Anthropocene as a stratified layer of plastic, which he finds strewn on beaches in the farthest points of the Lofoten Islands. His book is suffused with sadness for this. He finds comfort where he can: in the innocence of children, the company of friends, the light-drenched vividness of surface life, which cries out to be cherished—and in the astronomer who, confined to the dark, patiently turns towards the stars.
—The Economist: ‘Into the underland with Robert Macfarlane’
—Jesse Kriss, on Uses This
…why should I be using mobile data to stream music to a $1000 phone when I can get an MP3 player for $26 that can hold 7000 songs on a micro SD card and has 80 hour battery life?
Narendra Modi, the prime minister, controls the story of Indian nationalism these days, and has little use for the history of the anti-colonial struggle (which his own heroes, the first Hindu nationalists, largely sat out).
The Congress party, now in opposition, would traditionally stoke the embers of the anti-British campaigns, which it led. But it is trying hard to appeal to new voters, desperate for jobs and otherwise far from the memory of the freedom struggle.
— The Economist, in ‘The politics of apologising for Amritsar’
Centralising power not only offers a sense of control and order, but it’s a cheaper way to fight a war. Letting commanders decide what to do on the fly requires more training and more troops, which can be expensive and unpredictable.
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)