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Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity
Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity

“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.”

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Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization
Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization

“No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of factuality.”

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Strong as a Bear: An Illustrated Celebration of Animals and Their Emotional Presence in Language
Strong as a Bear: An Illustrated Celebration of Animals and Their Emotional Presence in Language

Free as a bird, busy as a bee, and the rest of the metaphorical menagerie of the human imagination.

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The Lost Art of Astropoetics: An 1881 Cosmic Masterpiece by the Forgotten Woman Who Popularized Astronomy
The Lost Art of Astropoetics: An 1881 Cosmic Masterpiece by the Forgotten Woman Who Popularized Astronomy

“No observers could lift their eyes to the golden mysteries enshrined above without being impressed with the exceeding loveliness of the shining throng.”

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The Final Word Is Love: Dorothy Day on Human Connection, Music, and the Power of Community
The Final Word Is Love: Dorothy Day on Human Connection, Music, and the Power of Community

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

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Young Barack Obama on What His Mother Taught Him About Love
Young Barack Obama on What His Mother Taught Him About Love

“Perhaps that’s how any love begins, impulses and cloudy images that allow us to break across our solitude, and then, if we’re lucky, are finally transformed into something firmer.”

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