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Archived Since:July 13, 2011

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Audre Lorde on the Transformation of Silence into Language and the Empowering Vulnerability of Visibility

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"That visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength."

The Art of Medicine: W.H. Auden on What Makes a Great Physician and How He Influenced Oliver Sacks

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist."

The Will to Doubt: Bertrand Russell on Free Thought and Our Only Effective Self-Defense Against Propaganda

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The protection of minorities is vitally important; and even the most orthodox of us may find himself in a minority some day, so that we all have an interest in restraining the tyranny of majorities."

Eleanor Roosevelt on Science

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities."

The Storm: A Lovely Illustrated Parable of Fear, the Frustration of Uncontrollable Events, and the Redemptive Power of Surrendering to Life’s Ebb and Flow

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A gentle reminder that even life's stormiest spells eventually come to pass, and although we can't will them away, we can surrender to the credence that the unclouded blue skies will return.

How Leo Tolstoy Found His Purpose: The Beloved Author on Personal Growth and the Meaning of Human Existence

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"That which one has set oneself to do, one should not relinquish on the grounds of absence of mind or distraction."

Cynicism, Self-Comparison, and What Makes for the Survival of the Soul: A Commencement Address

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul. Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a limber reach for something greater."

A Largeness of Contemplation: Bertrand Russell on Intuition, the Intellect, and the Nature of Time

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom."

Albert Einstein on Reality, Rationality, Metaphysics, and the Human Passion for Comprehension

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There exists a passion for comprehension, just as there exists a passion for music. That passion is rather common in children, but gets lost in most people later on."

Virginia Woolf on What Makes Long-Term Relationships Last

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

In praise of those intermittent "moments of vision" that electrify love.

The Source of Richard Feynman’s Genius

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How the precious scarcity of knowledge imbued one of humanity's most beloved minds with "the pleasure of finding things out."

James Baldwin on Freedom and How We Imprison Ourselves

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over."

Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It's by writing... by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present."

Pioneering Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott on the Mother’s Contribution to Society

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Every man or woman who is sane, every man or woman who has the feeling of being a person in the world, and for whom the world means something, every happy person, is in infinite debt to a woman."

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