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Archived Since:July 13, 2011

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Virginia Woolf on the Defiant Truthfulness of the Soul and Our Elemental Human Need for Communication

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Communication is health; communication is truth; communication is happiness. To share is our duty... if we are ignorant to say so; if we love our friends to let them know it."

Hermann Hesse on Little Joys, Breaking the Trance of Busyness, and the Most Important Habit for Living with Presence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy."

Political Emotions: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Tame Our Raging Reactivity and Nurture Our Noblest Civic Selves

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We need... to investigate, and to cherish, whatever helps us to see the uneven and often unlovely destiny of human beings in the world with humor, tenderness, and delight, rather than with absolutist rage for an impossible sort of perfection."

Are You An Echo: The Remarkable Story of the Forgotten Young Woman Who Became Japan’s Most Beloved Children’s Poet

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A celebration of indiscriminate empathy and a sensitive reminder that the tragic and the transcendent can coexist.

Simone de Beauvoir on the Artist’s Task to Liberate the Present from the Past

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The artist... must first will freedom within himself and universally; he must try to conquer it."

Beethoven’s Lifestyle Regimen and the Secret to His Superhuman Vitality

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

In praise of "vigorous ablutions with cold water, a scrupulous regard for personal cleanliness, and daily walks immediately after the midday meal."

The Poetics of Protest and Prayer: Mary Ruefle on the Different Powers of the Voice Raised and the Voice Lowered

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Cries and whispers. A bang or a whimper. Whatever the case, if we want to be heard, we must raise our voice, or lower it."

Undersea: Rachel Carson’s Lyrical and Revolutionary 1937 Masterpiece Inviting Humans to Explore Earth from the Perspective of Other Creatures

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Against this cosmic background the lifespan of a particular plant or animal appears, not as drama complete in itself, but only as a brief interlude in a panorama of endless change."

Friend of Foe?: A Lovely Illustrated Fable About Making Sense of Otherness

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A playful illustrated inquiry into whether mutual attentiveness is enough to dissolve enmity into friendship.

John Steinbeck on the Loneliness of Success and His Surprising Private Escape Into Transcendence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The loneliness and discouragement... I can’t talk to anyone much about them or even admit having them because I now possess the things that the great majority of people think are the death of loneliness and discouragement."

The Tragic Heroism of Hopefulness: The Myth of Sisyphus in a Gorgeous 1974 Oscar-Nominated Hungarian Animation

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

An evocative homage to one of humanity's most human heroes by the great Hungarian graphic artist and animator Marcell Jankovics.

Rebecca West on Survival, the Redemption of Suffering, and the Life-Saving Will to Keep Walking the Road to Ourselves

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If during the next million generations there is but one human being born in every generation who will not cease to inquire into the nature of his fate, even while it strips and bludgeons him, some day we shall read the riddle of our universe."

Beautiful Brain: The Stunning Drawings of Neuroscience Founding Father Santiago Ramón y Cajal

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"A graphic representation of the object observed guarantees the exactness of the observation itself."

How the French Mathematician Sophie Germain Paved the Way for Women in Science and Almost Saved Gauss’s Life

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The taste for the abstract sciences in general and, above all, for the mysteries of numbers, is very rare... since the charms of this sublime science in all their beauty reveal themselves only to those who have the courage to fathom them."

In My Own Process: Bruce Lee’s Personal Credo, In Never Before Published Letters to Himself from the Final Year of His Life

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human being."

When a Friendship Is More Than Friendship: The Tender Letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I would gladly write to you only by means of music, but I have things to say to you to-day which music could not express."

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