“People know little, because they try to understand those things which are not open to theme for understanding: God, eternity, spirit; or those which are not worth thinking about: how water becomes frozen, or a new theory of numbers, or how viruses can transmit illnesses. How to live your life is the only real knowledge.”

“People who think that the most important thing in life is knowledge remind me of a butterfly who flies into the flame of a candle, and in so doing burns, and extinguishes the light.”

-Leo Tolstoy in “Calendar of Wisdom” (trans. by Peter Sekirin)

… and this from one of the most brilliant, knowledgeable human minds of the 19th century.