I hold a glass of red wine. I start to set it down on a wood table at a friend's house. I notice the tile coaster on which glasses are to be set. I pause to read a message on the coaster.
True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
"Nice," I think. I take a sip of wine before putting the glass down. A tiny change. True life.
Looking to confirm the quote, I found some other Tolstoy quotations that appealed to me.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.
If you want to be happy, be.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on how we see them.