Self improvement needs both solitude and the world

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)