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Only in the tumults of life can we attain the …

14 Dec

Only in the tumults of life can we attain the three chief ends: – ” (1) Self – knowledge, for a man can learn to know himself only through comparison; ” (2) Perfection, which is obtained only by battling ; and (3) The chief virtue, – Love of death.”  Only the vicissitudes of life can teach us its falsity and stimulate our innate love of death, or our new birth into another and better life.” 

War and Peace by graf Leo Tolstoy 

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