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Tolstoy Journal, August 23, 2017: “lying is the mother of violence.”

The featured image is the copy of Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Thomas Merton which I have been reading and which included a passage about Gandhi that reminded me much of Tolstoy, who, of course, was a big influence on Gandhi. Here’s the passage from Merton: p. 79: “Here is a statement of Gandhi that… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 23, 2017: “lying is the mother of violence.”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 21, 2017: ”Art begins where the tiny bit begins.”

The featured image is of a new book for my journey, Divine and Human and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Peter Sekirin. I very much look forward to reading these. I am on page 145 of Volume XVI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or at Chapter XXVII of The… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 21, 2017: ”Art begins where the tiny bit begins.”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 18, 2017: “And again he hears the summons of that one who had before called him.”

The featured image,  Master and Man by Charles Copeland, is the frontispiece from Volume XVI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. I am on page 70 of this volume, that is, I have finished Master and Man and am up to Chapter IV of The Kreutzer Sonata. I had wondered in previous blogs if I… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 18, 2017: “And again he hears the summons of that one who had before called him.”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 17, 2017: “Expect nothing!”

The featured image is of a book I found at Goodwill where I had dropped off two bags of books for a donation. Lo and behold! This seems more manageable than the other book on this topic at our local library; might actually read this one. I have caught up on my reading, at least… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 17, 2017: “Expect nothing!”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 16, 2017: “Human beings are like rivers: the water is one and the same in all of them . . . .”

Well, last night we went to mass celebrating the Assumption and then came home and I got on Twitter and got distracted by Fearless Leader’s horror show. So I have made no progress in my journey through Tolstoy. But I will include some passages from his Calendar of Wisdom, translated by Peter Sekirin, and some… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 16, 2017: “Human beings are like rivers: the water is one and the same in all of them . . . .”