Forthwith!

All we can know is, what we, who compose humanity, must do, and what not, in order that the kingdom of God may come. That we all know. And every one need but begin to…

Precepts and Parables

Of all the gospels, the Sermon on the Mount was the portion that impressed me most, and I studied it more often than any other part. Nowhere else does Christ speak with such solemnity; nowhere…

Blissful and Blithe

Yet we to whom the shortness of life has given frequent occasions of contemplating mortality, can, without emotion, see generations of men pass away, and are at leisure to establish modes of sorrow, and adjust…

One Way or Another

[Emperor] Alexander II said he did not fear the Liberals because he knew they could all be bought, if not with money, then with honors.  –Leo Tolstoy, Writings on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence

Present Moment, Only Moment: Reminders

You only live once. Keep yourself in the present. The past is gone, and the future is unknown. –Tempu Nakamura, in John Stevens, Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters Do not lose yourself in the…

So Be It!

“They say:  sufferings are misfortunes,” said Pierre.  “But if at once, this minute, I was asked, would I remain what I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again, I should…

Responding to a Pogrom

Violence was much on Tolstoy’s mind. Some eight months before Bryan’s visit a terrible pogrom against the Jews had occurred in Kishinyov. Horrified by this event, Tolstoy readily lent his name to a protest signed…

The Way It Looked in 1908

What  you  are  doing,  you  do  not  for  the  people  but  for  yourselves,  to  retain  the  position  you  occupy,  a  position  you  consider  advantageous  but  which  is  really  a  most  pitiful  and  abominable  one.  So …