Leo in Love and Beauty is Fleeting

Count Leo Tolstoy to Valeria Arsenev

November 2, 1856

I already love in you your beauty, but I am only beginning to love in you that which is eternal and ever precious – your heart, your soul. Beauty one could get to know and fall in love with in one hour and cease to love it as speedily; but the soul one must learn to know. Believe me; nothing on earth is given without labor, even love, the most beautiful and natural of feelings.


I believe my wife to be the most beautiful woman, but there is more to our relationship that the outward attraction of the physical.  When I first read Tolstoy’s letter to her she asked me to read it again.  Her response was “oh wow” (so I encourage you men to read it to your wives- fire for effect.  And not just for the one night stand: practice it!).  It is easy to be the moth attracted to the flame as I still am.  However, there is a commitment to my life long mate that works beneath the surface and sees “us” as a future.  The singer/entertainer Lana Del Rey asks “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?”

About Majestic

Married to a Norwegian beauty whose skills and talents are as unlimited and great as her beauty and kindness!
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