Tolstoy on Suffering

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‘They say suffering is our misfortune. But if I was asked would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner or go through it all again, I would say: “For God’s sake –  let me be a prisoner again!”  When our lives are knocked off course, we imagine everything in them is lost.  But it is only the start of the new and good.  As long as there is life, there is happiness.  There is a great deal still to love.’

–  Count Pierre Bezukhov at the end of War and Peace (by Leo Tolstoy)

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