Book Review: A Calendar of Wisdom, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts by Leo Tolstoy, Peter Sekirin, Translator

Book Review: A Calendar of Wisdom, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts by Leo Tolstoy, Peter Sekirin, Translator

Tolstoy’s last major work was A Calendar of Wisdom, Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul. He wrote many of the sayings, and included or adapted those of many others. Often cited names include Marcus Aurelius, Cicero, Confucius,  Emerson, Goethe, Kant, Lao-Tzu, Blaise Pascal, Rousseau, John Ruskin, Seneca, Thoreau —along with…

Living with Lunacy

Living with Lunacy

“I long lived in this state of lunacy, which, in fact if not in words, is particularly characteristic of us very liberal and learned people.” (Leo Tolstoy, A Confession) Quite an admission from this towering figure of philosophy and literature. Unlike most of us, Tolstoy had a willingness to change…

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy (Authorized Translation by Constance Garnett)

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy (Authorized Translation by Constance Garnett)

Leo Tolstoy’s non-fiction book The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a forceful argument for non-violent resistance — and against organized religion, governments, and the entirety of pagan civilization under which we have lived for thousands of years. Throw Christianity and several dollops of libertarianism, anarchism, pacifism, and Distributism in a blender,…