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published: Jan 2021
publisher: Ronsdale Press

Tolstoy's Words To Live By

Sequel to A Calendar of Wisdom

by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Peter Sekirin, edited by Alan Twigg

tagged: meditations

Here is Leo Tolstoy's first book of "Daily Thoughts," never before translated into English, compiled by Tolstoy in 1906 to share inspiring quotes from more than forty philosophers for each day of the year. Aphorisms and ideas collected by Tolstoy in his other volumes have affected the lives of millions. Among those who were profoundly influenced by Tolstoy and his radical efforts to encourage higher morals were a young Hindu lawyer named Mahatma Gandhi and a young preacher in the Southern U.S. named Martin Luther King. Gandhi described himself as being "overwhelmed" by Leo Tolstoy's "independent thinking, profound morality and truthfulness." Tolstoy was one of the first intellectuals to seek the cross-cultural wisdom of as many great thinkers as he could, from all centuries. When Leo Tolstoy went viral one hundred years before the internet, authorities in Russia sought to limit his influence. Now, re-discovered and revived by two Canadians, here are the once-suppressed ideas from the likes of Confucius and Aristotle and Lao-Tse to modern thinkers of Tolstoy's era that he first began collecting in 1903. Tolstoy felt his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina were far less important than his distillations of wisdom. Tolstoy's Words To Live By shows why.

About the Authors

Leo Tolstoy

Peter Sekirin

Alan Twigg was the founder and for 33 years editor of BC Book World, Canada's largest-circulating publication about books. He has also been contributing editor of Quill & Quire, Canadian books columnist for the Vancouver Province, books columnist for Vancouver magazine, a contributor of profiles to the Toronto Star and the Writers Union of Canada representative on the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing. In 2000, he was the first recipient of the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to literature and publishing. In 2015 he received the Order of Canada and in 2016 the BC Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. In 2022 Simon Fraser University awarded him a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, citing his “immense contribution to the promotion of B.C. literature and authors."

Alan is the author of twenty books to date including For Openers: Conversations with 24 Canadian Writers, Hubert Evans: The First Ninety-Three Years, Vancouver and Its Writers, Vander Zalm: from Immigrant to Premier, First Invaders: The Literary Origins of British Columbia and Cuba: 101 Top Historical Sites and Out of Hiding: Holocaust Literature of British Columbia (Ronsdale 2022).

Contributor Notes

PETER SEKIRIN has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. He has translated and edited works by and about Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Peter lives in Aurora, Ontario, with his wife and two children. ALAN TWIGG, founder of BC BookWorld, has written sixteen books and produced six films. He was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2016. Visit him at www.alantwigg.com.

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