Leo Tolstoy

Russian writer. Born in eighteen twenty eight, died in
nineteen ten at age eighty two. Thought to be one of the
greatest authors in history. Wrote War and Peace, Anna
Karenina plus many more books, plays and essays.

Quotes:

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one
thinks of changing himself.”

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is
unhappy in its own way.”

“If you want to be happy, be.”

Tolstoy wrote “Reason and love define the demands of
human nature… The demands of reason and love must
not be subordinated to the demands of habit … but on
the contrary one must ascertain on the basis of the
demands of reason and love what is to be habitual.”

Also “Isn’t it a strange thing that we understand least
of all what we know best of all, or rather: we know best
of all what we do not understand at all, our soul.”

Leo is yet another example of our fascination with
human life. Read things from as far back as you can,
from any part of the world and you will see an amazing
similarity to now. The gadgets and hardware, the
economics of the time and place, the politics are
different. The basics of life are the same.

The beginning of the end for each of us is when learning
stops. We stop developing and life leaves us behind.
Interest, excitement and enthusiasm come from
discovery.

Whether in a formal program, watching TV, reading,
surfing the internet or walking in the neighborhood
interesting things are near. You and I are in a
constantly moving, changing world. New problems,
new opportunities, new fears, new joys.

Too much trouble? Leo didn’t think so. He kept at it
until his body gave out. Doing what fascinated him
until his last day. Sounds like a good plan to me.

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