“I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor – such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of a man desire?”
– Leo Tolstoy.
What more indeed?
I recently came across this quote while watching a movie. Anybody know which one?
I’ve often struggled to put into words what constitutes a “good life.” This quote comes pretty close. It reminds me of some of the observations of The Teacher in Ecclesiastes (“That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is a gift of God.”)
I think we often make life–and our faith–a lot more complicated than they have to be.