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Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think... Options
Daemon
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Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy
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This quotation is very similar to the one from yesterday, it stresses that we are what we do. Our actions speak louder than our words. As Tolstoy points out, we speak thinking of the impression our words will have on other people.
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“I think... if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
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“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
Leo Tolstoy
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"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full."

- Matthew 6:1-2
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Words are more treacherous than deeds... And the greatest joy is joy which one can share with God.
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Tolstoy: Russia's greatest writer. I prefer him to Dostoyevsky.
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I'm for Dozza, but if I spoke Russian it might be different. The only translations of Dostoevsky available in my youth were Constance Garnett's, which were cumbersome to say the least. You had to learn to skim over the oft repeated full names of the characters as you read. I think Dostoevsky had very penetrating insights into the Human condition.
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Daemon wrote:
Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


The gist of what I told my teen granddaughters. Believe what boys do, not what they say. Their father overheard and said, "Good advice".
Cecelia Thomson
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Responding to Tolstoy quote of the day : How can you be a believer in Christ and not be attuned to prophecy ? The first thing that comes to mind is the prophetic message he either was or wasn't intending , which is to be prophetic, to understand his wisdom and message is to be mindful that we are doing Gods Work maybe when we don't even realize it. So true. Even Leo has to understand we may pray, " Lord make me an instrument"... but we can't forget that God doesn't need YOUR /OUR PERMISSION . If he's going to, make you an instrument, I have news for you, 'Good News', :) , YOU'RE AN INSTRUMENT :) ... To that end, I would answer Tolstoys quote with ... Luke 21:33 who wrote, regarding THE WORD...Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ...(I love you Jesus).
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Hummmm . . .
gerry
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:08:00 PM
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If man did that there would be no politics
GreenBanana
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People are social animals, Leo.
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Excellent thought...
Anthony7877
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:04:47 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


Tolstoy seems to juxtapose the forethought that goes into speech--formulated such as to produce a certain impression on others even though uttered to fulfill the will of God --
with deeds done in earnest, with little or no fanfare, only for God. Words, of course, having a tendency to go around.
Unless their purpose was silent prayer, to be left between God and self?... in which case they are no different from deeds "unknown to men", if their purpose was only to serve God.

Perhaps in Tolstoy's time hypocrisy was solely confined to speech, but we have since advanced to include deeds, at least those under delusion, of fulfilling the will of God.
Sadly, deeds done "known or unknown to men" are rather done for anything but God.

Words (or deeds) seldom fail us, in the end they can only fail the use to which we put them.



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