Tolstoy letter to Swedes

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Letter to Swedish scientists, writers and artists
by Leo Tolstoy
Written in 1902, after a group of Swedish scientists, writers and artists expressed dismay that Tolstoy had not been awarded a Nobel Prize. Translated by Vladimir G. Tchertkoff and A.C. Fifield

Gentlemen,

The fact that the Nobel Prize was not accorded to me was doubly pleasant: first, because it saved me from the painful necessity of dealing in some way with money, - generally regarded as very necessary and useful, but which I regard as the source of every kind of evil; and secondly, because it has afforded to people whom I respect, the opportunity of expressing their sympathy with me, for which I thank you all from my heart.