Quote for Today: Leo Tolstoy


August 16, 2018 by katmcdaniel


“People speak of the misfortunes of suffering, but if at this moment I were asked: ‘Would you rather be what you were before you were taken prisoner, or go through all this again?’ then for heaven’s sake let me again have captivity and horseflesh! We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins. While there is life there is happiness.”

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Public Domain Image via Pixabay: National Prisoner of War Museum

2 thoughts on “Quote for Today: Leo Tolstoy

  1. janis pi says:

    God, I was thinking about this a few days ago. I was thinking that I would rather be spared of all the unpleasant experience, even when it made me better.

    • katmcdaniel says:

      I think there is a balance. Having been flooded out of my house three times, I can see both the loss of time and the increase of understanding. When these things come close to balancing or when the increase is greater, over time we often see the good in the bad. If the loss is too great, we simply have a hard time making it back to a place where we can grow. We are surprisingly strong and surprisingly delicate.

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