Last two years were rather difficult for me. For some time I lost interest in blogging and I even stopped learning painting.
Fortunately, days come after nights.
Below is my first painting of 2017.
Who am I tonight?
Definitely a man of 80+ years old. Retired long time ago.
I know that I love people, animals, birds, fishes (especially well prepared).
I love nature, food, exercising, doing a lot and doing nothing.
I love to think and to meditate.
Reading is huge part of my life.
In this blog I write, show you my photos and paintings, share quotes I like.
Who am I tonight?
Please read or reread my post A MIRACLE?!
Can it be that I am a writer?
I hope that all of you are very kind.
Best to you!
“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
“Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope.”
“You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.”
“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
“There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love.”
“The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence.”
“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away.”
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.
Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
There are many wonderful writers in the WordPress’ family.
Surely, I am not one of them.
I am a reader.
But for 80 years I learned that every word you say or write is very valuable.
I learned that it is possible to describe a real story using only 2-6 words.
To describe a fantasy I usually need more words.
Here are some examples:
He was hurt.
He was badly hurt.
He was hurt by her.
He was hurt by her rejection!
As you see there are five real stories above.
And below is an example of fantasy:
He was hurt by her rejection of his money!
I hope that from now on you will choose every word you say or write.
It is always good to hope!
My first culture was Russian.
I think I read everything written by L. Tolstoy. I also read a lot about him and how some of his ideas were wrong and harmful.
However, I believe that it is very good for everyone to read his quotes from “War and Peace”, to think about meaning of each of them and relevance of these quotes today.
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.It is considered as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna Karenina.
The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869.Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books.In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.
“A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.”
“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”
“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
“The strongest of all warriors…
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