A Calendar of Wisdom - Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul
a book by Leo Tolstoy, 1908Buy it on Amazon • 2 minutes read
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DAILY THOUGHTS TO NOURISH THE SOUL
WRITTEN AND SELECTED FROM THE WORLD’S SACRED TEXTS BY LEO TOLSTOY
TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY PETER SEKIRIN
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Note to Reader: In all of the book’s original Russian-language editions, Tolstoy highlighted on each page the one quote that most succinctly expressed the day’s theme. These quotes have been italicized in this edition - Peter Sekirin
This was Leo Tolstoy’s last major work. With it, he fulfilled a dream he had nourished for almost fifteen years, that of “collecting the wisdom of the centuries in one book” meant for a general audience. Tolstoy put a huge amount of effort into its creation, preparing three revised editions between 1904 and 1910. It was his own favorite everyday reading, a book he would turn to regularly for the rest of his life.
The process of collecting these thoughts took over fifteen years. Tolstoy began writing between December 1902 and January 1903. Then in his late seventies, he had fallen seriously ill; while meditating about the meaning of life and death, he was inspired to begin compiling what he then called A Wise Thought for Every Day.
Tolstoy added about eight hundred of his own thoughts, written during his many years of meditation, or taken from previous diary entries. He generally started each day with an opening thought of his own, added quotes by other sources, and finished each day with a closing thought of his own.
Additionally, he wrote a short story, or vignette, three to ten pages in length for the end of every week. Each story corresponded to that week’s moral, philosophical, or religious topic; he prepared fifty-two stories in all and called them The Sunday Reading Stories. The majority of these fifty-two stories were written by Tolstoy especially for this work; the rest were selected and adapted from writings by Plato, Buddha, Dostoyevski, Pascal, Leskov, Chekhov, and others.
May 14th - London, 0109am
Hold on tight, do not be afraid. Your soul is both center and power.
May 15th - London, LATE
But what is truth? And how do you know if you’re on the right path?
“Let be what will be,” said the gunslinger, as his own mother had once told him. “Let be what will be, and hush, and let ka work.” - The Dark Tower VII
May 23rd - London, 1647pm
Non e’ ricco chi ha molti soldi, e’ ricco chi ha pochi bisogni - Mio padre.
May 24rd - London, 2302pm
Being together, just like this.
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