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Simone Weil on True Genius and the Crushing Illusion of Inferiority
Simone Weil on True Genius and the Crushing Illusion of Inferiority

“When one hungers for bread one does not receive stones.”

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Hunter S. Thompson on Violence, Vengeance, and the Only True Fix for Our Destructive Impulses
Hunter S. Thompson on Violence, Vengeance, and the Only True Fix for Our Destructive Impulses

“One of the most important things is to recognize that we do have this mounting violence in us, and then to find the reasons.”

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Albert Einstein’s Love Letters
Albert Einstein’s Love Letters

“How was I able to live alone before, my little everything? Without you I lack self-confidence, passion for work, and enjoyment of life — in short, without you, my life is no life.”

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Michelangelo on Struggle and Creative Integrity
Michelangelo on Struggle and Creative Integrity

“I do not know which is better, the ill that helps or the good that harms.”

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Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms
Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms

“Imagination is the precursor to policy, the precondition to action. Imagination, like wonder, allows us to value something.”

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The Rebellious and Revolutionary Life of Galileo, Illustrated
The Rebellious and Revolutionary Life of Galileo, Illustrated

How a college dropout reordered the heavens and forever changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

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