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Archived Since:July 13, 2011

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Elena Ferrante on the Myth of Inspiration, Writing on Demand, and the Central Truth of the Creative Process

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Words draw out words: one can always write a banal, elegant, heartfelt, amusing coherent page on any subject, low or high, simple or complex, frivolous or fundamental."

There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In: Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A generous reminder that we must aim for "a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense."

Kindness Over Fear: Naomi Shihab Nye Tells the Remarkable Real-Life Story That Inspired Her Beloved Poem “Kindness”

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, / you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing."

Carl Sagan on Moving Beyond Us vs. Them, Bridging Conviction with Compassion, and Meeting Ignorance with Kindness

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In the course of looking deeply within ourselves, we may challenge notions that give comfort before the terrors of the world."

November 9, 1928: The Trial of Radclyffe Hall and Virginia Woolf’s Exquisite Case for the Freedom of Speech

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Writers produce literature, and they cannot produce great literature until they have free minds. The free mind has access to all knowledge and speculation of its age, and nothing cramps it like a taboo."

Making the Impossible Possible: 21-Year-Old Hillary Rodham’s Remarkable 1969 Wellesley College Commencement Speech

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If the only tool we have ultimately to use is our lives, so we use it in the way we can by choosing a way to live that will demonstrate the way we feel and the way we know."

De Profundis: Patti Smith Reads Oscar Wilde’s Stirring Letter on Suffering and Transcendence, Penned in Prison

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I have got to make everything that has happened to me good for me... There is not a single degradation of the body which I must not try and make into a spiritualising of the soul."

Albert Camus on the Will to Live and the Most Important Question of Existence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The body’s judgment is as good as the mind’s, and the body shrinks from annihilation. We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking."

May Sarton on Anger as Creativity in Reverse and a Safety Valve Against Madness

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The fierce tension in me, when it is properly channeled, creates the good tension for work. But when it becomes unbalanced I am destructive."

The Women Who Made New York: Restoring the Rightful Ratio of Remembrance

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

From artists to activists, an homage to the unheralded hands and hearts who built one of humanity's most iconic cities.

Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life and Why the Passion for Work Is the Greatest Antidote to Pain

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The world’s otherness is antidote to confusion [and] standing within this otherness — the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books — can re-dignify the worst-stung heart."

Ursula K. Le Guin on Writing as Falling in Love

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I function only by falling in love: with French and France; with the 15th Century; with microbiology, cosmology, sleep research..."

Keats on the Three Layers of Reality and What Gives Meaning to Human Existence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Every mental pursuit takes its reality and worth from the ardour of the pursuer."

35 Odd Jobs Celebrated Painter Agnes Martin Held Before She Became an Artist

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

From disciplinarian to ice cream scooper to elevator operator, "also raised rabbits and ducks."

I Regard With Compassion, Therefore I Am: Descartes on How We Acquire Nobility of Soul and the Crucial Difference Between Confidence and Pride

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Pride... is always a serious fault, the seriousness of which is greater in proportion as the justification for one’s self-esteem is less."

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