Leo Tolstoy

SELF-DISCIPLINE: How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy

July 6, 2017

I An elder sister came to visit her younger sister in the country. The elder was married to a tradesman in town, the younger to a peasant in the village. As the sisters sat over their tea talking, the elder began to boast of the advantages of town life: saying how comfortably they lived there, how well they dressed, what fine clothes her children wore, what good things they ate and drank, and how she went to the theatre, promenades, and entertainments. The younger sister was piqued, and in turn disparaged the life of a tradesman, and stood up for that of a peasant. “I would not change my way of life for yours,” said she. “We may live roughly, but at least we are free from anxiety. You live in better style than we do, but [...]

CHRISTMAS STORY: Where Love Is, There God Is Also by Leo Tolstoy

January 3, 2016

In a certain city dwelt Martin Avdyeeich, the cobbler.  He lived in a cellar, a wretched little hole with a single window.  The window looked up towards the street, and through it Martin could just see the passers-by.  It is true that he could see little more than their boots, but Martin Avdyeeich could read a man’s character by his boots, so he needed no more.  Martin Avdyeeich had lived long in that one place, and had many acquaintances.  Few indeed were the boots in that neighborhood which had not passed through his hands at some time or other.  On some he would fasten new soles, to others he would give side-pieces, others again he would stitch all round, and even give them new uppers if need be.  And often he saw his own [...]

BELIEF: I, Like The Thief, by Leo Tolstoy

November 19, 2015

Five years ago I came to believe in Christ’s teachings, and my life suddenly changed; I ceased to desire what I had previously desired, and began to desire what I formerly did not want.  What had previously seemed to me good seemed evil, and what seemed evil seemed good.  It happened to me as it happens to a man who goes out on some business and suddenly decides that the business is unnecessary and returns home.  All that was on his right is now on his left, and all that was on his left is now on his right; his former wish to get as far as possible from home has changed into a wish to be as near as possible to it.  The direction of my life and my desires became different, and good and evil changed places. (A Confession) I, like [...]