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

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

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

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

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 – Robert Burton – Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 -Howard Zinn – War

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922– January 27, 2010) We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. Syrian Civil War 2011 to Present

For The Love Of Wisdom – Iris Murdoch -Causality And Chance

Iris Murdoch (July 15, 1919–February 8, 1999) Causality and chance … are the same things looked at two ways. Of course we are rather mechanical, and psychoanalysis can offer us some useful generalities about ourselves. But everything that is important and valuable and good belongs with the little piece of us which is not mechanical …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Mark Nepo On The Sea

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

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 – Shunryū Suzuki – The Beginner’s Mind

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

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 – Dwight D Eisenhower – The Military Industrial Complex

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

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

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 – Virginia Woolf – The Unknown

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

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 – William Blake – The Soul

William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) First the notion that man has a body distinct from his soul is to be expunged: this I shall do by printing in the infernal method by corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and medicinal, melting apparent surfaces away and displaying the infinite which was hid.

For The Love Of Wisdom – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī – Solitude

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273) What I want most is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I've lived too long where I can be reached...Look for someone else to mend the shop. I'm out of the image-making business. Only love. Only the …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Stephen William Hawking – The Universe

Stephen William Hawking (January 08, 1942 – March 14, 2018) Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the past 40 years and I'm happy if I've made a small contribution… The fact that we humans – who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature – have been able to …

For The Love Of Wisdom – EE Cummings – Feeling

EE Cummings   (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962) Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.

For The Love Of Wisdom – Booker T Washington – Success

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Booker T Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Josephine Baker – Differences

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Josephine Baker (June 03, 1906 – April 12, 1975) Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Audre Lorde – The Transformation of Silence

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Audre Lorde   (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to …

For The Love Of Wisdom – August Wilson – The Blues

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) Blues is the bedrock of everything I do. All the characters in my plays, their ideas and their attitudes, the stance that they adopt …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Sonny Rollins – Being Human

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Sonny Rollins (September 07, 1930 -) It’s not a matter of your intelligence or anything. You have to have a gift. Just as, I’m sure, for other professions. […] I came upon these …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Toni Morrison – Letting Go

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931 - August 05, 2019) At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or to even remember it.  It is enough.  …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Malcom X – Narrow-Mindedness

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Malcom X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) [I met] blonde-haired, blue-eyed men I could call my brothers, and I've seen too much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Bob Herbert – Wealth

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Bob Herbert (March 07, 1945 -) Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Ralph Ellison – Shame

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1913– April 16, 1994) I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed. Photo …

For The Love Of Wisdom – LeBron James – Race

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. LeBron James (December 30, 1984 -) No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.   …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Lyndon B Johnson – Race

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Lyndon B Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973) We believe all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings because of the color …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Frederick Douglass – Reflection

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Frederick Douglass (February 02, 1818–February 20, 1895) The process by which man is able to posit his own subjective nature outside of himself, giving it form, color, space, and all the attributes of …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Ursula K Le Guin – Anger And Hatred

Ursula K Le Guin (October 21, 1929 - January 22, 2018) The racism, misogyny, and counter-rationality of the reactionary right in American politics for the last several years is a frightening exhibition of the destructive force of anger deliberately nourished by hate, encouraged to rule thought, invited to control behavior. I hope our republic survives …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Ownership

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 – July 02, 1778)  The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying “This is mine,” and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might …

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