‘Rules for living’ by Leo Tolstoy, aged 18

At some point most of us take stock of our life, and maybe draw up a life list to get us where we want to go. I’ve written a few myself! Here is such a list from one of the greatest writers in history – Leo Tolstoy. Here is a list from the great Russian writerritten when he was just 18 years old. Apparently these … Continue reading ‘Rules for living’ by Leo Tolstoy, aged 18

QUOTE: Chasing happiness with Leo Tolstoy

It’s odd that while most people recognise the truth in this sentence, it changes nothing and we keep chasing. If only we could always be happy in the present. But perhaps that insatiable impulse for another condition is a requirement from evolution (or God/gods) to get us off our b-hinds. Continue reading QUOTE: Chasing happiness with Leo Tolstoy

11 worst couples in literature: Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina

No. 6.  Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina Spoiler alert! OK – so your husband is as dull as a potato and Count Vronsky is handsome, charming and passionate. But you’re in Russia and look at the calendar – it’s 1873. This is not a relationship with good prospects. For Vronsky: Anna will disturb your well ordered life of affairs and pleasure. Your … Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina