Bits and Pieces


THOUGH HE’S BETTER KNOWN for writing epic novels like War and Peace, Russian author Leo Tolstoy spent many years compiling and writing motivational quotes. Late in life Tolstoy published his extensive collection, providing readers with a selection of thoughtful ideas for every day of the year. Here’s some of the best from Tolstoy’s A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul (Scribner):

Only speak when your words are better than your silence.
—Arabic Proverb

The secret of happiness? Enjoy the small pleasures.
—Samuel Smiles

You should be a lantern for yourself. Draw close to the light within you and seek no other shelter.
—Buddhist Wisdom

The kinder and more thoughtful a person is, the more kindness he can find in other people.

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