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You Are Not the Target: Laura Huxley on Course-Correcting the Paths of Love and Not-Love
You Are Not the Target: Laura Huxley on Course-Correcting the Paths of Love and Not-Love

“In all its manifestations and however it is produced, not-love tends to beget not-love. The energy of love is needed to reconvert not-love into love.”

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The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”
The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”

“The self is a style of being, continually expanding in a vital process of definition, affirmation, revision, and growth…”

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Elie Wiesel on the Loneliness of Leadership, How Our Questions Unite Us, and How Our Answers Divide Us
Elie Wiesel on the Loneliness of Leadership, How Our Questions Unite Us, and How Our Answers Divide Us

“Could it be that questions are the remedy for solitude? After all, we have learned from history that people are united by questions. It is the answers that divide them.”

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Power and Tenderness: Robert Penn Warren on Democracy, Art, and the Integrity of the Self
Power and Tenderness: Robert Penn Warren on Democracy, Art, and the Integrity of the Self

“[Art] is the process by which, in imagining itself and the relation of individuals to one another and to it, a society comes to understand itself, and by understanding, discover its possibilities of growth.”

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Gwendolyn Brooks on Vulnerability as Strength and Her Advice to Writers
Gwendolyn Brooks on Vulnerability as Strength and Her Advice to Writers

“Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can.”

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The Stars: A Mythopoeic Masterpiece Serenading the Night Sky Through Myths and Stories from Around the World
The Stars: A Mythopoeic Masterpiece Serenading the Night Sky Through Myths and Stories from Around the World

“Light gives light because it is its nature.”

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Book Power: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Forgotten 1969 Ode to Why We Read
Book Power: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Forgotten 1969 Ode to Why We Read

“Books feed and cure and chortle and collide.”

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A Laboratory for Feeling and Time: Pioneering Philosopher Susanne Langer on What Gives Music Its Power and How It Illuminates the Other Arts
A Laboratory for Feeling and Time: Pioneering Philosopher Susanne Langer on What Gives Music Its Power and How It Illuminates the Other Arts

“Music is ‘significant form,’ and its significance is that of a symbol, a highly articulated sensuous object… Feeling, life, motion and emotion constitute its import.”

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Don Giovanni and the Universe: Aldous Huxley on How the Moon Illuminates the Complementarity of Spirituality and Science
Don Giovanni and the Universe: Aldous Huxley on How the Moon Illuminates the Complementarity of Spirituality and Science

“The universe throws down a challenge to the human spirit… We have a right to our moods of sober exultation.”

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Paul Gauguin’s Advice on Overcoming Rejection, Breaking Free of Public Opinion, and Staying True to Your Creative Vision
Paul Gauguin’s Advice on Overcoming Rejection, Breaking Free of Public Opinion, and Staying True to Your Creative Vision

“One day, you will feel a joy in having resisted the temptation to hate, and there is truly intoxicating poetry in the goodness of him who has suffered.”

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