Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Tolstoy Therapy Calendar of Wisdom: Quotes and Sayings to Nourish the Soul

I'd like to thank all of you who contributed such wonderful quotes for the giveaway at the start of this month, and I'll be using this post as a round-up of the contributions I most enjoyed.

Some of the quotations which you shared with me would certainly be worthy of a place in Tolstoy's own A Calendar of Wisdom, so I've decided to create the blog's own version. I hope you enjoy the choices as much as I have!

Tolstoy The Last Station
Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy in The Last Station.

A Selection of Your Quotes

To find mindfulness, as chosen by Paige:


"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'” - A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut

To get to know ourselves, as chosen by Syed


" I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means except by getting off his back. " - Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence, Leo Tolstoy

On finding your way, as chosen by Adrienne


"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." - Dr Seuss

 

To find joy, as chosen by Camilla:


"Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says
To the Earth:
“You owe me.”

Look
What happens
With a love like that.
It lights the
Whole
Sky."

- Hafiz

For self-improvement, as chosen by Felicia


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy

Facing the unknown, as chosen by Natalie


"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein

Facing low-mood and despair, as chosen by Alexandra


"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men, I think, have great sadness on earth." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

To help make the world a better place, as chosen by John


"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." - Winston Churchill

On authenticity, as chosen by Arjun


"Don’t be afraid of talking nonsense- only don't fail to pay attention to it." - Wittgenstein

On living well, as chosen by Praveen


"There is no greatness, where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth." - Leo Tolstoy

Creating our Calendar of Wisdom

Do you have a small notebook of quotes, a few snippets learned by heart, or even a published anthology which you make use of during difficult times? I think we should all start working on one, and the great choices above should help get us started.



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6 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

A great selection of quotes indeed.

I appreciate the fact that Dr. Suess was included.

Eleanor Baggley said...

Thank you for sharing these. I really need to make it more of a habit to write down quotes that resonate with me. I always have a notebook handy, but never actually take the time to stop reading to note something down.

Camilla P said...

A sweet idea! I really enjoyed reading all these meaningful quotes :)

tolstoytherapy said...

I'm so happy to hear it, Camilla! Have a great week!

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks Brian, I'm extremely glad one of his quotes was chosen too!

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks Marcy!