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The story takes the form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times? (Excerpt from Wikipedia)


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The story takes the form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times? (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

30 review for Three Questions: Revised Edition of Original Version (Classics To Go)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    The Three Questions get's three stars, one for each question. The Three Questions get's three stars, one for each question.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vaishali

    My regards to Mr. Tolstoy, and his very important fable about a king and a hermit. The requisite read for every human being. The 3 Questions: 1. How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? 2. Who are the people whom I most need, and to whom I should pay the most attention? 3. What affairs are the most important, and need my first attention?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Viji (Bookish endeavors)

    'What day is it?' 'It's today.' 'Oh.! My favorite day..' A beautiful story it was,enjoyable and enlightening at the same time. I like these sort of stories,the ones with a sage and a pupil(whoever gets the knowledge). The plot was perfect. You can expect nothing less from a master writer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 'What day is it?' 'It's today.' 'Oh.! My favorite day..' A beautiful story it was,enjoyable and enlightening at the same time. I like these sort of stories,the ones with a sage and a pupil(whoever gets the knowledge). The plot was perfect. You can expect nothing less from a master writer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shoa Khan

    "There is only one time that is important - Now!" A parable about an emperor who is seeking the answers to three questions. He ultimately gets the answers from a hermit, following a chain of unexpected events. "There is only one time that is important - Now!" A parable about an emperor who is seeking the answers to three questions. He ultimately gets the answers from a hermit, following a chain of unexpected events.

  5. 5 out of 5

    হাসান মাহমুদ হক

    Must read. Review is unnecessary.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    After reading Anna Karenina ( 5 /5 stars ) a few years ago , the time when I was still looking for a job; plus this recent A Confession ( 4 /5 stars ), and being borne upon the fact that Leo Tolstoy is considered by prominent literary lovers from different aspects of society as the unparalleled best novelist in the world , I promised myself that I would read all his books at my disposal , more even so that we can have now an access to any classics in the internet. Since I cannot splurge on his o After reading Anna Karenina ( 5 /5 stars ) a few years ago , the time when I was still looking for a job; plus this recent A Confession ( 4 /5 stars ), and being borne upon the fact that Leo Tolstoy is considered by prominent literary lovers from different aspects of society as the unparalleled best novelist in the world , I promised myself that I would read all his books at my disposal , more even so that we can have now an access to any classics in the internet. Since I cannot splurge on his other books yet , that I want to collect in my own library someday, I would begin with his short stories as one of my friends on Goodreads put it and thus I would call this mission from now on : “ Tolstoy Marathon”. Tolstoy Marathon # 1 The Emperor’s Three Questions or simply known as The Three Questions An emperor philosophically existentialistic would give a great reward to whoever could best answer his three a la riddle questions : First: What is the best time to do each thing? Second: What is the most important people to work with? Third: What is the most important to do at all time? Unsatisfied with the answers of the persons who had at once made way to the palace , the emperor turned to a hermit living in a far forest. As the emperor only saw the small forest of the forest, he ended up realizing the answers based on his experience with the said hermit and a persecutor. The emperor learned that :It is important to live at the present time, with whom the people you are , and how to make them happy. ___________________________________________ Somehow enlightened, the Emperor promised that he would apply the insight by heart. As he wanted to have a second opinion, it occurred to him that there was one person known throughout his kingdom he had not turned to yet: the bookworm , living in a house filled with books to the rafter somewhere in Timbuktu. Reaching the book lover’s dwelling place, the emperor found him sitting on a sofa, burying himself in a voluminous book and around him was the musty stacks of books he had to keep up with. “ It must be a novel by James Joyce “, thought the emperor. When the bookworm saw the emperor, he nodded his head in greeting and continued to immerse himself in the book. The emperor approached him and said, “ I have come here to ask your second opinion with three questions: When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times?” Hearing these, the bookworm put down the book; his eyes popped out, sparkled with interest in the questions. He looked as though he had not gone to bed yet, for he had been reading the whole night. “ Your Majesty, just read and read and read.” Blushed by the answer, “ How about the most important people to work with? “ “ Your Majesty, make friends with the other bookworms and be part of their book clubs.” Noticing the bookworm unmoved from his crossed- sitting position and his eyes backed to the book, for he was used to being paid homage. ” Seriously, what is the most important thing to do at all times?” “Share your ideas you have learned from the books with the people .” Weird he looked for the Emperor and stifled an air of disappointment, off he went leaving the bookworm with his business.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gautam

    "The power of NOW"! "The power of NOW"!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marzieh Torabi

    2.5 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Salma Bk

    What is the right time for every action, who are the most necessary people, and what is the most important thing to do? These are the three questions that a king asked a hermit. Tolstoy emphasizes the importance of human values ​​throughout the history of the king. Three questions is a short story that I read in less than an hour, and I really enjoyed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Jackson

    "The Emperor's Three Questions" (or just "Three Questions") could be, dare I say it, the most uplifting piece of writing I've ever read by a Russian — and that's even with an attack, a stabbing and a long-past execution. A king goes on a journey, in this story, to have some of his greatest questions answered for him. The men he encounters along the way unwittingly provide his answers to him, and a wise hermit teaches him a lesson about how to live his life. It's a bit of a hokey, cliched answer "The Emperor's Three Questions" (or just "Three Questions") could be, dare I say it, the most uplifting piece of writing I've ever read by a Russian — and that's even with an attack, a stabbing and a long-past execution. A king goes on a journey, in this story, to have some of his greatest questions answered for him. The men he encounters along the way unwittingly provide his answers to him, and a wise hermit teaches him a lesson about how to live his life. It's a bit of a hokey, cliched answer to the king's problems, but it's a good lesson. I was a bit surprised the story ended as it did, with no more violence, and an actual, clear ending. Quite different from the other Tolstoy I've read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy Ifeh

    This is an attempt to answer three philosophic questions - What is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times? - In the end he answers the questions with the meaning of his story. There is no better time to help people other than now. There is no one as important as the needy before us at each critical moment. Love your neighbor as yourself.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hákon Gunnarsson

    A king asks a hermit three questions so he can become better at ruling. The answers are probably not the ones he was expecting, but they are good ones just the same. There is something quite zen about them. In short, I think it is a very good parable on what really is important.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ghayda

    last lines are amazing...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jami Mathis

    I listened to the audiobook version of this book... I think these are good questions to live your life by. Makes you actually think. And try to be a good person. The 3 Questions: 1. How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? 2. Who are the people whom I most need, and to whom I should pay the most attention? 3. What affairs are the most important, and need my first attention?

  15. 4 out of 5

    ☽ Su ☾

    A king searching to find how he can learn to do the right thing at the right time, who were the right people to listen to, and what was the most important thing to do. The answer comes to him in a very surprising way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Minh

    This 1 page short story was actually better than 900 pages of Anna Karenina :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin Mohamed

    " Doing other people good , for that purpose alone was man sent into this life . " Such a beautiful phrase to end the story . " Doing other people good , for that purpose alone was man sent into this life . " Such a beautiful phrase to end the story .

  18. 5 out of 5

    SeRRo

    This seemed to me a lot like Voltaire's Candide. The time is one and only and the world is the best of all possible worlds. This seemed to me a lot like Voltaire's Candide. The time is one and only and the world is the best of all possible worlds.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    A simple short story that reminds us to be mindful and live in the present as it is the only time we have any control over.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Muzahidur Rahman

    short but very wise

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rowena

    Easy 5 stars . I loved this story very much and i will re-read it again and again coz it’s truly amazing how philosophical and logical it is .

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Mustread

    Listened to this story on 1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales podcast. (THE THREE QUESTIONS by LEO TOLSTOY): http://storytellerfam.libsyn.com/the-... The Three Questions is a short story from Russian author Leo Tolstoy and first published in 1885 as part of a collection titled "What Men Live By and Other Tales". The story takes form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. 1. What is the right time to begin Listened to this story on 1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales podcast. (THE THREE QUESTIONS by LEO TOLSTOY): http://storytellerfam.libsyn.com/the-... The Three Questions is a short story from Russian author Leo Tolstoy and first published in 1885 as part of a collection titled "What Men Live By and Other Tales". The story takes form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. 1. What is the right time to begin everything? 2. Who are the right people to listen to, and who to avoid? 3. What is the most important thing to do? He proclaimed that the ones who gave the right answers would be rewarded. Many learned men tried to answer the king's questions, but they all came up with different answers. The king decided that he needed to ask the wise hermit who lived in the village, and the story follows. The answers, summarized, follow at the end of the podcast. http://storytellerfam.libsyn.com/the-...

  23. 5 out of 5

    1.Q.What is the right time to do something 2.Q.What is the most important people he should listen 3.Q.What is the most important thing he should do The king thought as he knowing answer to these questions will be ahead of everyone. As the king goes to the hermit to know these answer. He went to the hermit as an ordinary man and not as king. When he entered his house He saw the saint digging on the yard. He went to help the hermit(saint). And he gave axe to the king and he did digging for the hermi 1.Q.What is the right time to do something 2.Q.What is the most important people he should listen 3.Q.What is the most important thing he should do The king thought as he knowing answer to these questions will be ahead of everyone. As the king goes to the hermit to know these answer. He went to the hermit as an ordinary man and not as king. When he entered his house He saw the saint digging on the yard. He went to help the hermit(saint). And he gave axe to the king and he did digging for the hermit. It was some hours only to night he saw a man running. He called the hermit. It was the enemy of the king who came to take the revenge of his brothers death. And he was bleeding. The king helped the man stop bleeding. The hermit also helped him by giving shelter in the night. But the king dont know that he was to take revenge if his brothers death. After all these incidents the king got answer for the three questions from the hermit.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gillyz

    A tale about a king who wants to know the right answers to his three questions: 1) How to do the right thing at the right time? 2) Who are the people one should pay more attention to? 3) What are the most important affairs that need attention? The plot is well developed and the final answers are enlightening.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shayan

    The thing about this book is the writer really tries to inform us about living in present and have some goals for now not future. Leo Tolstoy wants to tells u guys enjoy your now's life and don't give a damn about past and a little bit future, just decide,think and enjoy your moments. The thing about this book is the writer really tries to inform us about living in present and have some goals for now not future. Leo Tolstoy wants to tells u guys enjoy your now's life and don't give a damn about past and a little bit future, just decide,think and enjoy your moments.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Asha Seth

    A King wants answers to three most important questions of life: 1. When is the best time to do each thing? 2. Who are the most important people to work with? 3. What is the most important thing to do at all times?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    I really couldn't get into this book at first, but a bit later on it got interesting and it actually is a pretty good story that teaches a good lesson. I really couldn't get into this book at first, but a bit later on it got interesting and it actually is a pretty good story that teaches a good lesson.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monabelle Timosa

    Deep and inspiring. think again about the 'now' Deep and inspiring. think again about the 'now'

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shadia

    This is a parable. Amazing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meera Hebsur

    Motive of life explained in a span of just 10 pages!!

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