“What Men Live By” is a short story written by Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 1885. It is one of the short stories included in his collection What Men Live By, and Other Tales, published in 1885. The compilation also included the written pieces “The Three Questions”, “The Coffee-House of Surat”, and “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn refers to the story in “Cancer Ward”.
How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? Who are the people I most need, and to whom should I, therefore, pay more attention than to the rest? And, what affairs are the most important, and need my first attention?"