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Simone de Beauvoir on the Constellation of Chance and Choice That Makes Us Who We Are

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"My life... runs back through time and space to the very beginnings of the world and to its utmost limits. In my being I sum up the earthly inheritance and the state of the world at this moment."

Denise Levertov on Making Art Amid Chaos and the Artist’s Task to Awaken Society’s Sleepers

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist. Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock."

Poet and Philosopher John O’Donohue on Selfhood, the Crucible of Identity, and What Makes Life’s Transience Bearable

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It is crucial to understand that experience itself is not merely an empirical process of appropriating or digesting blocks of life. Experience is rather a journey of transfiguration. Both that which is lived and the one who lives it are transfigured."

Trailblazing 18th-Century Mathematician Émilie du Châtelet, Who Popularized Newton, on Gender in Science and the Nature of Genius

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"One must know what one wants to be. In the latter endeavors irresolution produces false steps, and in the life of the mind confused ideas."

Marcus Aurelius on How to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you."

Adrienne Rich Reads “What Kind of Times Are These”

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In times like these to have you listen at all, it's necessary to talk about trees."

A New Year’s Perspective: John Steinbeck on Good and Evil, the Necessary Contradictions of the Human Nature, and Our Grounds for Lucid Hope

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil thing wins — it never will — but that it doesn’t die."

The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The creative person has the courage to experience opposites of his nature and to attempt some reconciliation of them in an individuated expression of himself."

Remembering Vera Rubin: The Trailblazing Astrophysicist Who Confirmed the Existence of Dark Matter and Paved the Way for Modern Women in Science

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Don't shoot for the stars, we already know what's there. Shoot for the space in between because that's where the real mystery lies."

Simone de Beauvoir on Art, Science, Freedom, Busyness, and Why Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The saving of time and the conquest of leisure have no meaning if we are not moved by the laugh of a child at play."

Happy Birthday, Mary Somerville: The Brilliant Woman for Whom the Word “Scientist” Was Coined

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How a Scottish polymath forever changed the course of gender in science and made a high art of connecting the seemingly disconnected.

Albert Camus on Consciousness and the Lacuna Between Truth and Meaning

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"From the evening breeze to this hand on my shoulder, everything has its truth. Consciousness illuminates it by paying attention to it."

Hannah Arendt on Loneliness as the Common Ground for Terror and How Tyrannical Regimes Use Isolation as a Weapon of Oppression

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist."

Physicist David Bohm on Creativity

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"No really creative transformation can possibly be effected by human beings... unless they are in the creative state of mind that is generally sensitive to the differences that always exist between the observed fact and any preconceived ideas, however noble, beautiful, and magnificent they may seem to be."

The Conscience of Words: Susan Sontag on the Wisdom of Literature, the Danger of Opinions, and the Writer’s Task

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"A writer ought not to be an opinion-machine... The job of the writer is to make us see the world as it is, full of many different claims and parts and experiences."

16 Overall Favorite Books of 2016

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

From loneliness to love to black holes, by way of Neil Gaiman, Annie Dillard, and Mary Oliver.

The Invention of Empathy: Rilke, Rodin, and the Art of “Inseeing”

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How a doctor, a philosopher, a poet, and a sculptor co-created the modern concept of empathy.

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