September 9 is the birthday of Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910.) Here is a small collection of some of his shorter thoughts:
1. Honest work is much better than a mansion.
2. Division of labor is a justification for sloth.
3. Wealth brings a heavy purse; poverty, a light spirit.
4. Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.
5. The happiness of men consists in life. And life is in labor.
6. The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.
7. There is only one enduring happiness in life—to live for others.
8. The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.
9. The most important person is the one you are with in this moment.
10. Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
11. God is the infinite ALL. Man is only a finite manifestation of Him.
12. Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.
13. He knew she was there by the joy and fear that overwhelmed his heart.
14. God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.
15. I have learnt that all men live not by care for themselves, but by love.
16. The compassionate are not rich; therefore, the rich are not compassionate.
17. The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless.
18. If a poor person envies a rich person, he is no better than the rich person.
19. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
20. I cannot recall those years without horror, loathing, and heart-rending pain.
21. In the spiritual realm nothing is indifferent: what is not useful is harmful.
22. By words one transmits thoughts to another, by means of art, one transmits feelings.
23. Wealth is a great sin in the eyes of God. Poverty is a great sin in the eyes of man.
24. If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.
25. Ivan Ilych’s life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.
26. All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
27. All that may be so and mankind is ready to agree with it, but it is not what was asked.
28. Giving alms is only a virtuous deed when you give money that you yourself worked to get.
29. All activity of art is… as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal.
30. There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one; the regeneration of the inner man.
31. You will die — and it will all be over. You will die and find out everything — or cease asking.
32. Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.
33. If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
Collected and Compiled by Kevin A. Woolsey, Baton Rouge 360 – BTR360.com.