Youth by Leo Tolstoy

Youth

byLeo Tolstoy

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. ACTION. Esto vir. i. EDteciplme, T HAVE so many reasons for wishing to preach action to youth that I despair of enumerating them. This is the first: Words are discredited. Far be it from me to scorn them; but the truth must be faced. Words, which are the chief bond among men, the great arm and the great tool of the mind, have lost their force, because they have been the instruments of falsehood. Every utterance is distrusted. Who can prove to us that it is sincere, or, if it is sincere, that it will continue so? Facile jugglers of words and thoughts have so perverted their meaning that we often talk to no purpose: words have lost their sense. We have heard so many systems and doctrines exposed that we are blase. We are no longer interested. How, then, can we reveal what is in us, diffuse our ideas, and exercise that apostleship of truth and of the ideal which is the noblest need of those who have something at heart? I answer: By talking less and acting more. The Arabs despised a man who talked much, deducing from it that he thought little and was weak-minded. The man of weight with Ihem was he who was sparing of words. With us talk is in high favour. To have said or written a clever thing is an honour. The chevaliers of the pen and tongue are on a par with those of the sword and tool, and are often ranked higher. We are too intelligent to take them au sMeux. We see their blade of speech cutting a glittering circle in the air, but it does no execution. How many good sayings have been simply wasted! We must, then, find some other mode of expression. Charlatans have spoiled the trade for honest folk. We must put our soul less and less into books and addresses; it runs the risk of being buried there. Let us lay our hands to the clay, let us take th...

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Title:YouthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217151191

ISBN - 13:9780217151191

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