We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” Leo Tosltoy, Family Happiness
Yesterday was the birthday anniversary of one of my heroes and one of the greatest writers of not only Russian literature, but of universal literature, Leo Tolstoy.
Pushkin, Chekhov, Gogol, Gorky, Turgenev, Lermontov, Nabokov, Akhmatova, Pasternak…..Russia has a very wonderful and rich long list of many extraordinary writers… and Leo Tolstoy is considered, along with Dostoievsky of course, the giant of Russian Literature.
Many consider the monumental “War and Peace” as the equivalent of “The Iliad” of Russian Literature.
It is definitely one of the greatest books ever in history of literature. When I read it for the first time, I was so fascinated knowing all characters and quotes, it was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever had in literature. I completely agree of naming “War and Peace” in the list of the top ten greatest books of history of Literature.
I also consider, his other masterpiece “Anna Karenina” another of the greatest books of history.
The book is a true lesson about life and the search for the truth. I absolutely fell in love with Levin, my favorite character of the novel.
All of Tolstoy’s books have a true deep meaning of life and philosophy and nature, about the spirit of humanity, (many of them autobiographical) and that is why I love his books so much. His quotes and philosophy about the human soul are a true lesson of life.
I absolutely recommend to read all of Tosltoy’s works and Tolstoy’s life is an inspiration for all of us. He was not only an extraordinary writer, but also a wonderful human being.