By Leo Tolstoy (translated by Peter Sekirin)

This is often the first-ever English-language variation of the booklet Leo Tolstoy thought of to be his most vital contribution to humanity, the paintings of his life's final years. generally learn in prerevolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten below Communism; and lately rediscovered to nice pleasure, A Calendar of knowledge is a daily advisor that illuminates the trail of a lifestyles worthy dwelling with a brightness undimmed via time. Unjustly censored for almost a century, it merits to be positioned with the few books in our background that would by no means stop instructing us the essence of what's vital during this international.

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A person can please God only with the godliness of his life. If an outwardly faithful person is not good, clear, and humble in his life, then he presents a big lie, he serves God falsely. —After Immanuel Kant Religion is simple wisdom which is directed to the heart and understood by the intellect. Religion can enlighten philosophical meditations; philo­ sophical meditations can strengthen religion. Therefore, try to communicate both with truly religious people and truly good philosophers, alive and dead.

This same behavior lives in all sincere people. But very often, a man from one nation already hates a man from another nation, and is ready to cause him sufferings and even death, even before he meets him. Those who create these feelings in nations commit a terrible crime! The most powerful weapon known is the weapon of blessing. Therefore, a clever person relies on it. He wins with peace, not with war. —Lao-Tzu War creates a state in which power and glory is at the end too often received by the most undeserving and vicious people.

You should respond with kindness toward evil done to you, and you will destroy in an evil person that pleasure which he derives from evil. The true teaching of love is strong; it kills evil before evil can grow and become powerful. January 31 Only greatly insolent people establish a religious law which is to be taken for granted by others, which should be accepted by everyone on faith, without any discussion or doubts. Why must people do this? What a strange thing! Many scoundrels try to disguise their dirty deeds by their dedication to the interests of religion, or by their high morals, or by love for their motherland.

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