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William James on Choosing Purpose Over Profit and the Life-Changing Power of a Great Mentor
William James on Choosing Purpose Over Profit and the Life-Changing Power of a Great Mentor

“After all, the great problem of life seems to be how to keep body and soul together.”

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Mark Twain on Slavery, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion
Mark Twain on Slavery, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion

“She never used large words, but she had a natural gift for making small ones do effective work.”

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An Illustrated Celebration of the Little-Known Mothers, Brothers, Friends, Wives, and Other Unsung Champions Behind Geniuses
An Illustrated Celebration of the Little-Known Mothers, Brothers, Friends, Wives, and Other Unsung Champions Behind Geniuses

Vladimir Nabokov’s wife, Alan Turing’s first love, Andy Warhol’s mother, Maurice Sendak’s brother, Emily Dickinson’s dog, and more.

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Sylvia Plath on Poetry and a Rare Recording of Her Reading the Poem “The Disquieting Muses”
Sylvia Plath on Poetry and a Rare Recording of Her Reading the Poem “The Disquieting Muses”

“Darker emotions may well put on the mask of quite unworldly things.”

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A Wave in the Mind: Virginia Woolf on Writing and Consciousness
A Wave in the Mind: Virginia Woolf on Writing and Consciousness

“A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it.”

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October 22, 1964: Jean-Paul Sartre Becomes the First Person to Decline the Nobel Prize
October 22, 1964: Jean-Paul Sartre Becomes the First Person to Decline the Nobel Prize

“A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own — that is, the written word.”

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