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How Kindness Became Our Forbidden Pleasure

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"People are leading secretly kind lives all the time but without a language in which to express this, or cultural support for it."

When Woman Is Boss: Nikola Tesla on Gender Equality and How Technology Will Unleash Women’s True Potential

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose."

Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A passionate case for learning "to search into the cause of beauty, and penetrate the minutest parts of loveliness."

Musicked Down the Mountain: How Oliver Sacks Saved His Own Life by Literature and Song

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

The extraordinary survival story of "a creature of muscle, motion and music, all inseparable and in unison with each other."

Flannery O’Connor on Art, Integrity, and the Writer’s Responsibility to His or Her Talent

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it."

Why the Sky Enchants Us: Our Longing for Transcendence and How Myths Elevate Human Life

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Human beings have always been mythmakers... We are meaning-seeking creatures."

Mr. Gauguin’s Heart: The Beautiful and Bittersweet True Story of How Paul Gauguin Became an Artist

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

What an invisible dog knows about the tenacity of the human spirit and the healing power of art.

The Invention of Clouds: Goethe’s Poems for the Skies and His Heartfelt Homage to the Young Scientist Who Classified Clouds

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A warm celebration of "the man who distinguished cloud from cloud" by one of humanity's greatest intellectual titans.

Declaration of the Independence of the Mind: An Extraordinary 1919 Manifesto Signed by Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Jane Addams, and Other Luminaries

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We commit ourselves never to serve anything but the free Truth that has no frontiers and no limits and is without prejudice against races or castes."

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth’s Most Colorful Creatures

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A mesmerizing celebration of "the passionate love of life and of all that is alive."

The Aesthetics of Silence: Susan Sontag on Art as a Form of Spirituality and the Paradoxical Role of Silence in Creative Culture

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence. A coquettish, even cheerful nihilism. One recognizes the imperative of silence, but goes on speaking anyway."

Teenage Sylvia Plath’s First Tragic Poem, with a Remembrance by Her Mother

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Once a poem is made available to the public, the right of interpretation belongs to the reader."

The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics, Animated

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How a lineage of scientists pieced together the puzzle revealing the dual nature of the universe.

The Magic Box: A Whimsical Vintage Children’s Book for Grownups About Life, Death, and How To Be More Alive Every Day

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"This book was written outside the cemetery wall... in memory of life, the wonder & pain of it & the unspeakable worthwhileness of every second of it."

Amanda Palmer Reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s Poem “Life While-You-Wait”

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Consolation for those moments when you feel "ill-prepared for the privilege of living."

Thomas Mann’s Moving Tribute for His Dear Friend Hermann Hesse’s Sixtieth Birthday

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I... love the man, his serenely contemplative, kindly-mischievous air, the fine, deep glance of his poor weak eyes, which with their blueness light up the gaunt, sharply cut face..."

An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate."

Legendary Victorian Art Critic John Ruskin on the Value of Imperfection and How Manual Labor Confers Dignity Upon Creative Work

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It is only by labour that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labour can be made happy, and the two cannot be separated with impunity."

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