For The Love Of Wisdom – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Depression

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840–November 6, 1893) I am sitting at the open window (at four a.m.) and breathing the lovely air of a spring morning… Life is still good… it is worth living on a May morning… I assert that life is beautiful in spite of everything! This “everything” includes the following items: …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Amos Bronson Alcott – Life

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Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799–March 4, 1888) Human life is a very simple matter. Breath, bread, health, a hearthstone, a fountain, fruits, a few garden seeds and room to plant them in, a wife and children, a friend or two of either sex, conversation, neighbours, and a task life-long given from within — these …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Guy Fawkes – The Fifth Of November

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Guy Fawkes (April 13, 1570 – January 31, 1606) Remember, remember!The fifth of November,The Gunpowder treason and plot;I know of no reasonWhy the Gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot! English Folk Verse (c.1870) From The Archives Originally Published November 05, 2019 But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know …

For The Love Of Wisdom – John O’Donohue – Anam Cara II (Soul Friend)

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John O’Donohue (January 1, 1956–January 4, 2008) In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Melissa Kirsch – Novelty

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Melissa Kirsch You can orchestrate novelty on a grand scale, take a trip to someplace new, do something you haven’t done. You can insert bits of it into your everyday… Novelty doesn’t have to announce itself. Small moments of noticing small things, new or forgotten sensations that provoke new or forgotten thoughts — you don’t …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Winston Churchill – The Unconventional Human

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Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965) The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame… The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is some one outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Thich Nhat Hanh – The Self And Our Surroundings

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Thich Nhat Hanh (October 11, 1926 - January 22, 2022) It’s funny how much our surroundings influence our emotions. Our joys and sorrows, likes and dislikes are colored by our environment so much that often we just let our surroundings dictate our course. We go along with “public” feelings until we no longer even know our …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Mario Vargas Llosa – Caudillo

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Mario Vargas Llosa (March 28, 1936 -) A cross between a superhuman and a jester, the caudillo makes and unmakes things at his will, inspired by God or by an ideology in which socialism and fascism — two forms of statism and collectivism — are nearly always confused, and communicates directly with his people through …

Wise Poets – May Sarton – Moose In The Morning

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May Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995) Oh wild and gentle beast,Immense antlered shape,This morning in the meadow!Like something ancient, lostAnd found now, promise kept,Emerging from the shadow,Emerging while I slept—Wilderness and escape!You set me free to shirkThe day's demanding workAnd cast my guilt away.You make a truant of meThis moose-enchanted dayWhen all …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Jiddu Krishnamurti – Killing

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But apparently man loves to kill things, the fleeting deer, the marvelous gazelle, and the great elephant. We love to kill each other. This killing of other human beings has never stopped throughout the history of man's life on this earth. If we could, and we must, establish a deep long abiding relationship with nature, …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Robert Burton – Learning

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Robert Burton (February 8, 1577–January 25, 1640) Whosoever he is therefore that is overrun with solitariness, or carried away with pleasing melancholy and vain conceits, and for want of employment knows not how to spend his time, or crucified with worldly care, I can prescribe him no better remedy than this of study, to compose …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Brent Staples – Blacks In The Newspapers

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Brent Staples (1951 -) Newspapers that championed white supremacy throughout the pre-civil rights South paved the way for lynching by declaring African Americans nonpersons. They embraced the language once used at slave auctions by denying Black citizens the courtesy titles Mr. and Mrs. and referring to them in news stories as “the negro,” “the negress” …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Cass Robert Sunstein – Choices

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Cass Robert Sunstein (September 21, 1954 -) People often make poor choices – and look back at them with bafflement! We do this because as human beings, we all are susceptible to a wide array of routine biases that can lead to an equally wide array of embarrassing blunders in education, personal finance, health care, …

For The Love Of Wisdom – George Dyson – Universal Mind

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George Dyson (March 26, 1953 -) Living without telephone, computer, internet, or even electric light, I had time beyond measure to think. I found myself thinking about what, if anything, a tree might think. Not thinking the way we think, but the way a single neuron thinks, integrating information over time. It might take years …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Joseph Campbell – Fate

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Joseph Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) Whatever my fate is, is what I need. If you bring love to that moment, not discouragement, you will find the strength. Any detour or disarray you can learn from is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege!

For The Love Of Wisdom – Karel Čapek – Communism

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Karel Čapek (January 09, 1890 – December 25, 1938) All of us have begun to feel that there is something odd and insoluble about the conflicts between world-views, generations, political principles, and whatever else divides us… Hatred, lack of knowledge, fundamental distrust, these are the psychic world of communism… I count myself among the idiots …

For The Love Of Wisdom – William Sidney Porter (O’Henry) – Writing

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William Sidney Porter (O’Henry) (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910) I'll give you the sole secret of short-story writing, and here it is: Rule 1. Write stories that please yourself. There is no rule 2. The technical points you can get from Bliss Perry. If you can't write a story that pleases yourself, you …

For The Love Of Wisdom – John Coltrane – Creativity And Jazz

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John William Coltrane (September 23, 1926–July 17, 1967) It is really easy for us [jazz musicians] to create. We are born with this feeling that just comes out no matter what conditions exist. Otherwise, how could our founding fathers have produced this music in the first place when they surely found themselves (as many of …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Hannah Arendt – Forgiveness

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Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975) Forgiving, in other words, is the only reaction which does not merely re-act but acts anew and unexpectedly, unconditioned by the act which provoked it and therefore freeing from its consequences both the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven. The freedom contained in …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Aldous Huxley – Being Human

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Aldous Huxley (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) Human beings are immensely complicated creatures, living simultaneously in a half dozen different worlds. Each individual is unique and, in a number of respects, unlike all the other members of the species. None of our motives is unmixed, none of our actions can be traced back …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Eckhart Tolle – Spiritual Awakening

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Eckhart Tolle (February 16, 1948 -) Most humans are still, almost literally, possessed by thought. They don’t think, but thinking happens to them. The beginning of spiritual awakening is the realization that you are not the voice in your head but the one who is aware of the voice. You are the awareness behind your …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Maria Popova – Reading And Love

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Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) We read for countless reasons and books transform us in countless ways, reckoned and unreckoned. We read the way we love — with our whole selves, with the flickering constellation of values, longings, traumas, joys, hopes, despairs, formative experiences, and half-remembered impressions composing the self. We read with our …

For The Love Of Wisdom – New York Times Editorial Board December 31, 1999 – Existence

Even those of us who have not filled the bathtub with emergency water, withdrawn extra cash from the bank and stocked up on food will be entering the new millennium sobered by the awareness that unknown problems of our own making are an enduring part of existence.  New York Times Señor Tao (April 17,  1948 -) This …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Peter Russell – Letting Go

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Peter Russell The call to let go lies at the heart of the world’s spiritual traditions. Not being attached to outcomes, surrendering desires, accepting the present, opening to a higher power, relinquishing the ego, practicing forgiveness — all entail letting go. Why is letting go deemed so important? Holding on, these teachings repeatedly affirm, limits …

For the Love Of Wisdom – Michael Talbot – Electrons

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Michael Coleman Talbot (September 29, 1953 – May 27, 1992) Time and again the limits of our language define the limits of our understanding of the universe. The indistinguishability of subatomic particles points out still another weakness of our linguistic approach to understanding reality. For instance, all electrons are exactly alike. It is as if …

Wise Poets – Gregory Loselle – The Whole Of Him Collected

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Gregory Loselle (1963 -) The box of papers on the closet floorcontains his discharge papers from the war,a couple letters, dog tags: amuletsagainst prospective dangers, even betson futures filed away, here; telegramsmy grandmother amended in shorthandnotes (“May God protect you,”) on their backs;her death certificate, its seal (not waxlike his diplomas also here with hers)stamped …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Lou Andreas-Salomé – Despair

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Lou Andreas-Salomé (February 12, 1861 – February 5, 1937) To Rilke: A great deal of poetic work has arisen from various despairs, certainly; but if it arose out of that despair, the despair of not being capable of just such poetic syntheses, there’d be a contradiction, don’t you think? To your consciousness of yourself it …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Ludwig van Beethoven – Defective Hearing And Solitude

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Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16, 1770 – March 26, 1827) Born with a passionate and excitable temperament, keenly susceptible to the pleasures of society, I was yet obliged early in life to isolate myself, and to pass my existence in solitude. If I at any time resolved to surmount all this, oh! how cruelly was …

For The Love Of Wisdom – James Maxwell Anderson – Biography

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James Maxwell Anderson (December 15, 1888 – February 28, 1959) This modern craze for biographical information leaves me cold for many reasons. For one thing, it's always inaccurate; for another, it's so bound up with publicity and other varieties of idiocy that it gags a person of any sensibility. For another, to be heralded is …

For The Love of Wisdom – Octavia Butler – Leadership And Fear

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Octavia Butler (June 22, 1947–February 24, 2006) When apparent stability disintegrates, As it must — God is Change — People tend to give in To fear and depression, To need and greed. When no influence is strong enough To unify people They divide. They struggle, One against one, Group against group, For survival, position, power. …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Robin Wall Kimmerer – Stories

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Robin Wall Kimmerer Between takeoff and landing, we are each in suspended animation, a pause between chapters of our lives. When we stare out the window into the sun’s glare, the landscape is only a flat projection with mountain ranges reduced to wrinkles in the continental skin. Oblivious to our passage overhead, other stories are …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Alejandra Pizarnik – Melancholia

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Alejandra Pizarnik (April 29, 1936 – September 25, 1972) Melancholia is, I believe, a musical problem: a dissonance, a change in rhythm. While on the outside everything happens with the vertiginous rhythm of a cataract, on the inside is the exhausted adagio of drops of water falling from time to tired time. For this reason …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Martha Nussbaum – Love And Suffering

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Martha Nussbaum (May 06, 1047 -) The alternations between love and its denial, suffering and denial of suffering … constitute the most essential and ubiquitous structural feature of the human heart. In suffering we know only suffering. We call our rationalizations false and delusive, and we do not see to what extent they express a …

For The Love of Wisdom – Maria Popova – Shoreless Seeds And Stardust

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Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) Meanwhile, someplace in the world, somebody is making love and another a poem. Elsewhere in the universe, a star manyfold the mass of our third-rate sun is living out its final moments in a wild spin before collapsing into a black hole, its exhale bending spacetime itself into a …

For The Love Of Wisdom – MC Richards – The Creative Spirit

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M.C. Richards (July 13, 1916–September 10, 1999) The creative spirit creates with whatever materials are present. With food, with children, with building blocks, with speech, with thoughts, with pigment, with an umbrella, or a wineglass, or a torch. We are not craftsmen only during studio hours. Any more than a man is wise only in …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Donald Trump -The Death Of 250,000 American Citizens To The Co-Vid 19 Virus

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Remember : This happened on my watch! Donald Trump (June 14, 1946 -) Note: The words above were spoken by Donald Trump after the announcement by Pfizer of a possible vaccine. If he wishes to take credit for the vaccine then he must also take credit and is responsible for the deaths which occurred during …

For The Love of Wisdom  – Maria Popova – Solitude And Loneliness

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Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) There is, of course, a universe of difference between solitude and loneliness — two radically different interior orientations toward the same exterior circumstance of lacking companionship. We speak of “fertile solitude” as a developmental achievement essential for our creative capacity, but loneliness is barren and destructive; it cottons in …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Iris Murdoch – Tyrants And Art

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Iris Murdoch (July 15, 1919 – February 08, 1999) Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify while art tends to clarify. The good artist is a vehicle of truth, he formulates ideas which would otherwise remain vague and focuses attention upon facts which can then no longer be ignored. The tyrant persecutes the …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Mark Nepo On The Sea

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Mark Nepo (February 23, 1951 -) The sea is a great teacher of receiving. Always rising and falling like the clear blood of the earth, the formless water receives everything that enters it. It rejects nothing. Always transparent, the open water gently covers everything, softening whatever it touches, giving itself completely without losing any of …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Robert Browning – Now

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Robert Browning (May 07,  1812 – December 12, 1889) Out of your whole life give but a moment!All of your life that has gone before,All to come after it,—so you ignore,So you make perfect the present, —condense,In a rapture of rage, for perfection’s endowment,Thought and feeling and soul and sense—Merged in a moment which gives …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Ochwiay Biano In Conversation With Carl Jung – Thinking

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Ochwiay Biano, An Elder of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico “See.” Ochwiay Biano said, “how cruel the whites looks. Their lips are thin and their noses are sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Shunryū Suzuki – The Beginner’s Mind

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Shunryū Suzuki (May 18, 1904 – December 4, 1971) In Japan we have the phrase Shoshin which means "beginner's mind." The goal of the practice is to always keep the beginner's mind. Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Ann Hamilton – Time

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Ann Hamilton (June 22, 1956 -) Our culture has beheld with suspicion unproductive time, things not utilitarian, and daydreaming in general, but we live in a time when it is especially challenging to articulate the importance of experiences that don’t produce anything obvious, aren’t easily quantifiable, resist measurement, aren’t easily named, are categorically in-between.

For The Love of Wisdom  – Maria Popova – Speaking And Listening

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Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and watching it blossom into a breathtaking flower of mutual understanding; and the possibility of being wholly …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Dwight D Eisenhower – The Military Industrial Complex

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President Dwight D Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Sam Harris – Happiness

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Sam Harris (April 09, 1967 -) Even in the best of circumstances, happiness is elusive. We seek pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, and moods. We satisfy our intellectual curiosity. We surround ourselves with friends and loved ones. We become connoisseurs of art, music, or food. But our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting. If …

Pearl S Buck On Creativity

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Pearl S Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973)  The creative instinct is ... an enormous extra vitality, a super-energy, born inexplicably in an individual ... an energy which no single life can consume.

For The Love of Wisdom  – Maria Popova – The Golden Age

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Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) ...that this is the golden age within a lifetime, (mid-twenties to late thirties) when we have transcended the know-it-all arrogance of youth, haven’t yet entered the know-it-all complacency of old age, and live with that wondrous combination of receptivity to new ideas and just enough not-yet-calcified intellectual foundation with …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Virginia Woolf – The Unknown

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Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) Making the unknown—known—in terms of one’s medium is all-absorbing—if you stop to think of the form—as form you are lost—The artist’s form must be inevitable—You mustn’t even think you won’t succeed—Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Timothy Snyder – Truth

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Timothy Snyder (August 18, 1969 -) Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism…Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience… You submit to tyranny when you renounce the difference between what you want to hear and what is actually the case… Accepting Post-truth is pre-fascism, …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Carl Gustav Jung – Inner Experiences

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Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 –  June 06, 1961) Recollection of the outward events of my life has largely faded or disappeared. But my encounters with the “other” reality, my bouts with the unconscious, are indelibly engraved upon my memory. Outward circumstances are no substitute for inner experience. I can understand myself only in …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Martha Nussbaum – Inner Experience

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Martha Nussbaum (May 06, 1947 -) Do not despise your inner world... Our society is very outward-looking, very taken up with the latest new object, the latest piece of gossip, the latest opportunity for self-assertion and status. But we all begin our lives as helpless babies, dependent on others for comfort, food, and survival itself. …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Alan Wilson Watts – The Universe

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Alan Wilson Watts (January 06, 1915 – November 16, 1973) Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so …

For The Love of Wisdom – Maria Popova – Communication

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Maria Popova  (July 28, 1984 -) Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and watching it blossom into a breathtaking flower of mutual understanding; and the possibility of being wholly …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Mohsin Hamid – The Great American Novel

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Mohsin Hamid   (July 23, 1971 –) Bear with me as I advocate the death of the Great American Novel...The problem is in the phrase itself. “Great” and “Novel” are fine enough. But “the” is needlessly exclusionary, and “American” is unfortunately parochial. The whole, capitalized, seems to speak to a deep and abiding insecurity, perhaps a …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Alan Wilson Watts – The Universe Inside Us

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Alan Wilson Watts (January 06, 1915 – November 16, 1973) Sometimes I get the queerest feeling that things going on in the world around one, are in some odd way reflections of things happening in the depths of one’s own mind. It is almost as if the world gets calm as you keep calm yourself, …