Perhaps we should not strive so much to live longer, but instead strive to live nobler.
Leo Tolstoj (1828-1910) was a russian author, philosopher and dramatist.
He is acknowledged as one of the world's most important novel writers, where his works: "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina" are recognised as classic masterpieces of litterature.
He is also known as a morale philosopher with strong ideas about non-violent resistance, which would influence historic figures from the 20th century, such as: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King jr, who in return inspired Nelson Mandela.
Gandhi said: "When I went to England, I was a votary of violence, I had faith in it and none in non-violence." After reading Tolstoy, "that lack of faith in non-violence vanished - Tolstoy was the very embodiment of truth in this age".
He received multiple nominations for The Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel Prize controversy.
During his last few days, he had spoken and written about dying.
Renouncing his aristocratic lifestyle, he gathered the courage to leave home in the middle of winter, in the dead of night.
Tolstoy died (age 82) of pneumonia at Astapovo railway station, after a day's journey by train south.
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