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Virginia Woolf on What Makes Love Last
Virginia Woolf on What Makes Love Last

In praise of those intermittent “moments of vision” that electrify love.

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Healthcare and the Human Spirit: Walt Whitman on the Most Important Priority in Healing the Body and the Soul
Healthcare and the Human Spirit: Walt Whitman on the Most Important Priority in Healing the Body and the Soul

“There is something in personal love, caresses, and the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship, that does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world.”

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Great Writers on the Power of Music
Great Writers on the Power of Music

Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.

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9 Books About the Many Meanings of Time: A TED Bookstore Collaboration
9 Books About the Many Meanings of Time: A TED Bookstore Collaboration

From Ada Lovelace to dark matter, a kaleidoscopic lens on life’s most elusive dimension.

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André Gide on Growing Happier as We Grow Older and Using Mortality as a Mobilizing Force for Creative Work
André Gide on Growing Happier as We Grow Older and Using Mortality as a Mobilizing Force for Creative Work

“Age cannot manage to empty either sensual pleasure of its attractiveness or the whole world of its charm.”

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It’s Only a Draft, After All: Graham Greene on Love and Death in Existential Reflections from His Dream Diary
It’s Only a Draft, After All: Graham Greene on Love and Death in Existential Reflections from His Dream Diary

“It can be a comfort sometimes to know that there is a world which is purely one’s own — the experience in that world, of travel, danger, happiness, is shared with no one else.”

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Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work
Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.”

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The Parallels Between Being an Artist and Being a Parent
The Parallels Between Being an Artist and Being a Parent

“…an understanding deeper than my own of what it is to be human, and a mysterious revelation of a radiant order.”

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William S. Burroughs on Love
William S. Burroughs on Love

“Love? What is It? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.”

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Artist Anne Truitt on Vulnerability, the Price of Integrity, and What Sustains the Creative Spirit
Artist Anne Truitt on Vulnerability, the Price of Integrity, and What Sustains the Creative Spirit

“It is not true that only artists understand art, for there are in every generation some people who not only understand it but also enhance its reach by appreciation.”

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