Monday, February 13, 2012

The wisdom of Leo Tolstoy

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

Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910
Russian novelist and social moralist

Tolstoy's life reflected this homily. Born into a family of old Russian nobility, he served as an artillery officer in the Crimean War. Tolstoy became a canonical novelist of the realist school and in later life was a pacifist anarchist. I don't actually endorse this particular life path, of course....but if once in a while, we all would decide to take the road less traveled by, I think generally that would turn out to be a good thing for all of us.
Tolstoy bio on Wikipedia

Also see my blog on Malcolm Forbes and "open mind"

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