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on 9 June 1999
One of my favorites! I have a daily process, which includes morning reading of several great works. It didn't take long for this book to rise to the top. Tolstoy has done a great service to mankind through his collection of great insights and wisdom. Nicely translated by Peter Sekirin, this book is a treasure awaiting discovery! Tolstoy put a tremendous effort into his concept of "A wise thought for every day of the year, from the great philosophers of all times and all people." It took him over fifteen years of searching to compile this final version of which Tolstoy himself would consult daily for the rest of his life. Wisdom from the likes of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, Jesus, Confucius, Emerson, Kant, Ruskin, Seneca, Socrates, Thoreau and many more. Tolstoy's love and passion for his work shines through as he writes in his introduction..."I hope that the readers of this book may experience the same benevolent and elevating feeling which I have experienced when I was working on it's creation, and which I experience again and again when I reread it every day, working on the enlargement and improvement of the previous edition." I am sure that this book will be one of your all time favorites too!
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on 19 October 1997
A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy. Scribner, 1997. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ENGLISH, THE LAST MAJOR WORK BY LEO TOLSTOY!!! Created by one of the world's best novelists as a guide for moral living, this beautiful treasure offers, as Tolstoy wrote, "a wise thought for every day of the year, from the greatest philosophers of all times and peoples." Most of the pages were created by Tolstoy himself in 1903-1910 and are dedicated to love, faith, kindness, knowledge, sacrifice, family, meditation, prayer, etc. For Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom (Russian title "Put zhizni"), was the most important project of his life, a book he proclaimed himself prouder that his materpieces WAR AND PIECE and ANNA KARENINA. Banned by Lenin during 75 years of of the Soviet regime for numerous quotes from the sacred texts of every major world religion, it is again a bestseller in its native land. "I hope that the readers may experience," Tolstoy wrote in 1908, in the preface, "the same elevated feeling which I have experienced when I was working on its creation, and which I experience again and again when I re-read it every day." It is better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre. -- Tolstoy You should study more to understand that you know little. --Monaigne The reason for rage is always inside of you. -- Tolstoy Bad books is a moral poison which dulls your intelllect. --Shopenhauer Light remains light, even if a blind man cannot see it. -- Tolstoy The translator, Peter Sekirin, is the author of a recent biography, THE DOSTOEVSKY ARCHIVE and is completing his PhD in Russian literature at the Universty of Toronto. END
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on 19 February 1999
It's one of the books I have beside my bed to read at night as a way of focusing my heart on the things that matter. It's a wonderful book for the deep thinker and/or the religious seeker. Thorough matrial, from many sources, forming a work for introspection of all of life's great questions.
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on 1 February 1999
This 365 day journey compiled by Tolstoy is a journal that he himself read year after year following his authorship of it. The book contains wisdom from the world's various sacred texts, including wisdom from the Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim traditions, and more. A wonderfully inspiring daily devotional that is perfect for open-minded individuals of all religions. Buy this book!!
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