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Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves? Leo Tolstoy on Why We Drink
Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves? Leo Tolstoy on Why We Drink

“The seeing, spiritual being, whose manifestation we commonly call conscience, always points with one end towards right and with the other towards wrong, and we do not notice it while we follow the course it shows.”

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Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life
Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Even if one could never “finish” great literature, one has to begin somewhere.

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Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World
Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

“For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.”

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Leo Tolstoy on Emotional Infectiousness and What Separates Good Art from the Bad
Leo Tolstoy on Emotional Infectiousness and What Separates Good Art from the Bad

“A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist.”

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A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life
A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.”

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The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: Comic Artists Reimagine Beloved Childhood Classics, from Tolstoy’s Fairy Tales to Harry Potter
The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: Comic Artists Reimagine Beloved Childhood Classics, from Tolstoy’s Fairy Tales to Harry Potter

“One sign of a great work of literature or art is that it can be interpreted multiple ways, that it remains ambiguous, refusing to provide clear-cut answers.”

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Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit
Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

“Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.”

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War, Peace, and Listicles: Young Leo Tolstoy on Money, Fame, and Writing for the Wrong Reasons
War, Peace, and Listicles: Young Leo Tolstoy on Money, Fame, and Writing for the Wrong Reasons

A lament on being “self-confident and self-satisfied as only those can be who are quite holy or who do not know what holiness is.”

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Maurice Sendak Illustrates Tolstoy
Maurice Sendak Illustrates Tolstoy

Soulful drawings of sorrow and love by the young and insecure artist.

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