|A portrait of Leo Tolstoy in his study by Vasily Meshkov, 1910.|
Today marks the 186th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s birth, September 9th 1828, and I felt it was only right that Tolstoy Therapy celebrates the occasion.
I was overwhelmed by the wonderful comments I received for the blog’s two year birthday giveaway (I should compile your comments in a post!) and I thought something similar could work here.
The Tolstoy-related giveaway on offer is a copy of A Calendar of Wisdom, Tolstoy’s collection of quotes and ‘daily thoughts to nourish the soul’, which was compiled over fifteen years towards the later years of his life. It’s a superb collection of quotes on all manner of topics, and I know I’ve still got a lot to learn from it.
I wrote an article for Huffington Post Books about the book yesterday – entitled A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy’s Little-Known Collection of Quotes to Nourish the Soul – and remembered how great it truly is. A Calendar of Wisdom is also not as well-known as Tolstoy’s other books, meaning there’s perhaps less chance of you having it in your libraries!
To enter, simply share your favourite quote – it could be anything, or by anyone – in the comments box below. Whether it’s philosophical, literary, or something entirely different, if it means something to you I’d love to hear it. The last giveaway was random (lucky you, Alexandra!), but this time I’ll choose my favourite.
Good luck to you all! I’ll be choosing a winner on Monday 15th September.
Today, why not read one or two of my top ten posts on Tolstoy?
4. What Leo Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Overcoming Anxiety
5. ‘Give War and Peace a Chance’ This Summer With Andrew D. Kaufman
6. 5 Reasons Why Twentysomethings Should Read Tolstoy (HuffPost)
7. Why Read War and Peace? The Reasons Why I Love Tolstoy’s Masterpiece
8. Tips For Reading War and Peace and Getting Started with Leo Tolstoy
9. Childhood, Boyhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy: Themes of Shyness and Self-Improvement
10. An Extract From Tolstoy Therapy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy for a Fear of Death