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By Leo Tolstoy

ISBN-10: 0141903821

ISBN-13: 9780141903828

ISBN-10: 110148828X

ISBN-13: 9781101488287

A range of spiritual writings through nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the identify choice that records his 1879 religious quandary within which he determined he had comprehensive not anything of lasting worth in his lifetime; followed by way of an creation and explanatory notes.

summary: a range of non secular writings by means of nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the identify choice that files his 1879 religious predicament in which he made up our minds he had comprehensive not anything of lasting price in his lifetime; followed by way of an advent and explanatory notes

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And feeling completely taken aback, I would not know what to think next. ’ And I had absolutely no answer. CHAPTER 4 My life came to a standstill. I could breathe, eat, drink and sleep and I could not help breathing, eating, drinking and sleeping; but there was no life in me because I had no desires whose gratification I would have deemed it reasonable to fulfil. If I wanted something I knew in advance that whether or not I satisfied my desire nothing would come of it. If a magician had come and offered to grant my wishes I would not have known what to say.

Lying, thieving, promiscuity of all kinds, drunkenness, violence, murder… there was not a crime I did not commit, and yet I was praised for it all and my contemporaries considered, and still consider me, a relatively moral man. For ten years I lived in this fashion. During this time I began to write out of vanity, self-interest and pride. In my writings I did the same as I did in life. In order to achieve the fame and money for which I wrote I had to conceal what was good in myself and display what was bad.

When I saw the heads being separated from the bodies and heard them thump, one after the next, into the box I understood, and not just with my intellect but with my whole being, that no theories of the rationality of existence and progress could justify this crime. I realized that even if every single person since the day of creation had, according to whatever theory, found this necessary I knew that it was unnecessary and wrong, and therefore that judgements on what is good and necessary must not be based on what other people say and do, or on progress, but on the instincts of my own soul.

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