Philosophy Snippet: Disraeli on Suffering

“Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much are the three pillars of learning.” Benjamin Disraeli

Disraeli was British Prime Minister 1874-1880, playing an integral role in the creation of the modern Conservative party. He also dabbled a bit with literature, and is the owner of a great many quotes, including the one above.

I’ve had struggles in the past, but this quote helps me realise that everything negative has benefited me immensely. Some people I know have had a very safe upbringing, and as a result constantly create problems for themselves. Life isn’t intended to be simple, clearly. I’ve also gained so much through all the reading that I’ve done, and intend to retain my bookishness. However, I do believe I need to work on the “seeing much” pillar. My agoraphobic tendencies make it challenging!

It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at

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