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5 More Modern Lessons to Learn From a 140-Year-Old Book

Classic books hold modern lessons to learn in their pages.

Earlier this month, Studio 5 Relationship Contributor Dr. Matt Townsend shared love lessons from a 140-year-old book, “The Brothers Karamazov,” Centered around a dysfunctional estranged family of three sons from two moms and one crazy pathological father. From these classic pages he’s gleaned many lessons on life, love and human relationships

He shares 5 more quotes from the book that teach us that when it comes to relationships, we still have the same problems they did 100 years ago.

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Modern Lessons to Learn from “The Brother’s Karamazov”

The Mystery of Life Is in Finding the Meaning

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

No Matter How Tough It Gets…You Can Always Celebrate Being Alive

“I think I could stand anything, any suffering, only to be able to say and to repeat to myself every moment, ‘I exist.’ In thousands of agonies – I exist. I’m tormented on the rack – but I exist!”

Love is Hard

“Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it. It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.”

Burn Out is Part of Life

“You will burn, and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.”

There’s Power in Taking Responsibility

“Everyone is really responsible to all men for all men and for everything.”

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