Aug 15 2007

Leo Tolstoy : Man is Like A Fraction

The single quote by Tolstoy that made me his fan was

“A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.”

Until yesterday, for me “Leo Tolstoy” was just a name in history. For those who are not aware … Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) was a great Russian novelist, dramatist, essayist and has been an inspiration for like of our own Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was so inspired with Tolstoy that he went on to name his centers in South Africa as “Tolstoy Farm”.
Yesterday I happened to read a small article in the news paper on Tolstoy and instantly I became his fan too. There I was googling information about Leo Tolstoy. I read snippets of his literary work on sites ( there is quite a lot of it). He has written quite a few books including War and Peace and Anna Karenina. He also developed a kind of non-traditional Christian philosophy, described in his work The Kingdom of God is Within You, that shares some similarities with Buddhism.

Isn’t this an interesting thought!

PS. Another inspiring fact about Tolstoy … He is a VIRGO and so am I :-)

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