Leo Tolstoy
· The Circle of Reading
Translated by Dmitry Fadeyev

January 4

Even if we did not want it, we cannot but feel our connection to the whole of the human world: we are united by industry, trade, knowledge and, above all, by the unity of our condition, by the unity of our relationship to the world.


Good people support each other without even realizing it, but bad people obstruct one another deliberately.

— Chinese proverb


Everyone has his own burden, his own faults, no one can do without the help of others, which is why we must help each other with consolation, advice and mutual warnings.

— From “Devout Thoughts”


The construction of this world in which we find ourselves is such that a thousand men working together can produce many times more than the same thousand men working singly. But this does not make it necessary that the nine hundred and ninety-nine must be the virtual slaves of the one.

— Henry George


A good man is a bad man’s teacher; a bad man is a good man’s job. No matter how intelligent he may be, the one who does not respect his teacher and does not love his job is mistaken.

— Laozi


All the children of Adam are the limbs of a single body. When one limb is in pain, all the rest suffer. If you are indifferent to the suffering of others, you do not deserve to be called a human being.

— Saadi


The life of an individual must become tightly fused with the life of the whole of humankind, for unity and concord permeates all of creation. Both in external nature and in the spiritual domain, all of life’s phenomena are tightly connected.

— Marcus Aurelius

All of human history, for as long as we know it, is humankind’s movement towards ever greater unity. This unification is being accomplished a variety of different means, and it is not only those who are working on it that serve it, but even those who are trying to resist it.