Leo Tolstoy’s rules of life– what are yours?
September 9th marks 188 years since the birth of the great Russian writer and thinker Leo Tolstoy. Happy Birthday Leo! Tolstoy was a man of many rules. Spectacularly… Tolstoy wrote these rules when he was eighteen years old. Here are 10 “Rules of Life” from Tolstoy, some of these rules are daily habits of life, and some are more like personal commandments. From my own experience, I think it’s helpful to distinguish between different types of life “rules.” Rules are important, apparently. Get some.
Here’s a partial list of Tolstoy’s “Rules of Life”:
- Get up early (five o’clock).
- Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock).
- Eat little and avoid sweets.
- Try to do everything by yourself.
- Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for very minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater.
- Keep away from women.
- Kill desire by work.
- Be good, but try to let no one know it.
- Always live less expensively than you might.
- Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer.
Do you agree with Tolstoy’s Rules of Life? Do you have your own rules for life? If so, do you manage to carry them out over the long-term?
It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writing than to put one principle into practice. – Leo Tolstoy
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