Love, evil & violence

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.

—Tolstoy, in “A calendar of wisdom

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)