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Eleanor Roosevelt on the Power of Personal Conviction and Our Individual Responsibility in Social Change

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way."

It’s Only a Draft, After All: Graham Greene on Love and Death in Existential Reflections from His Dream Diary

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It can be a comfort sometimes to know that there is a world which is purely one's own — the experience in that world, of travel, danger, happiness, is shared with no one else."

Schopenhauer on the Power of Music

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence."

The Psychology of Time and the Paradox of How Impulsivity and Self-Control Mediate Our Capacity for Presence

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time."

Sylvia Plath Reads “Spinster” in a Rare BBC Recording

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A subversive lamentation of how our compulsion for control empties life of love.

Dostoyevsky on Poverty, Ambition, Success, Creative Integrity, and the Ultimate Ideal of Art

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The artist... must consecrate all his toil to the holy spirit of art — such toil is holy, chaste, and demands single-heartedness."

The Remarkable Love Letters of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Why is love rich beyond all other possible human experiences and a sweet burden to those seized in its grasp? Because we become what we love and yet remain ourselves."

The Importance of Being Scared: Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska on Fairy Tales and the Necessity of Fear

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Andersen had the courage to write stories with unhappy endings. He didn’t believe that you should try to be good because it pays... but because evil stems from intellectual and emotional stuntedness and is the one form of poverty that should be shunned."

Trailblazing Philosopher Susanne Langer on How Our Questions Shape Our Answers and Direct Our Orientation of Mind

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The way a question is asked limits and disposes the ways in which any answer to it — right or wrong — may be given."

Nietzsche on Dreams

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Dreams carry us back to the earlier stages of human culture and afford us a means of understanding it more clearly."

Don’t Heed the Haters: Albert Einstein’s Wonderful Letter of Support to Marie Curie in the Midst of Scandal

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated."

Healthcare and the Human Spirit: Walt Whitman on the Most Important Priority in Healing the Body and the Soul

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There is something in personal love, caresses, and the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship, that does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world."

Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin on Women in Science, Dark Matter, and Our Never-Ending Quest to Know the Universe

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We're still groping for the truth... Science consists of continually making better and better what has been usable in the past."

Lenny & Lucy: A Lovely Illustrated Parable of Befriending Change and Transcending Our Fear of the Unknown

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A gentle reminder that the hostility of the world is in the eye of the beholder and its antidote is openhearted curiosity.

Kafka on Taoism, the Nature of Reality, and the Truth of Human Life

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life. It’s only there that it can be won or lost."

The Rise of Rocket Girls: The Untold Story of the Remarkable Women Who Powered Space Exploration

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How a small group of "human computers" upended the gender norms of their day to conquer the cosmos.

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