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Gloria Steinem on the Road as a Medium of Listening in a Culture Deafened by Speaking
Gloria Steinem on the Road as a Medium of Listening in a Culture Deafened by Speaking

“One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.”

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Sylvia Plath on Privilege, Free Will, and What Makes Us Who We Are
Sylvia Plath on Privilege, Free Will, and What Makes Us Who We Are

“I: how firm a letter; how reassuring the three strokes: one vertical, proud and assertive, and then the two short horizontal lines in quick, smug succession.”

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Philosopher Alain Badiou on How We Fall and Stay in Love
Philosopher Alain Badiou on How We Fall and Stay in Love

“Love is a tenacious adventure… Real love is one that triumphs lastingly, sometimes painfully, over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world.”

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The Poetics of Smell as a Mode of Knowledge
The Poetics of Smell as a Mode of Knowledge

“The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking itself.”

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David Hume on Human Nature, the Myth of Selfishness, and Why Vanity Is Proof of Virtue Rather Than Vice
David Hume on Human Nature, the Myth of Selfishness, and Why Vanity Is Proof of Virtue Rather Than Vice

“To love the fame of laudable actions approaches so near the love of laudable actions for their own sake [that] it is almost impossible to have the latter without some degree of the former.”

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The 12th-Century Jewish Philosopher Moses Maimonides on Truth, Doubt, and How to Read Intelligently
The 12th-Century Jewish Philosopher Moses Maimonides on Truth, Doubt, and How to Read Intelligently

“Do not read superficially, lest you do me an injury, and derive no benefit for yourself.”

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