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The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty: John Muir on the Transcendent Interconnectedness of Nature
The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty: John Muir on the Transcendent Interconnectedness of Nature

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

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Create Dangerously: Albert Camus on the Artist as a Voice of Resistance and a Liberator of Society
Create Dangerously: Albert Camus on the Artist as a Voice of Resistance and a Liberator of Society

“To create today is to create dangerously… The question, for all those who cannot live without art and what it signifies, is merely to find out how, among the police forces of so many ideologies… the strange liberty of creation is possible.”

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Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Tear Down
Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Tear Down

“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt.”

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Walt Whitman’s Advice to the Young on the Building Blocks of Character and What It Takes to Be an Agent of Change
Walt Whitman’s Advice to the Young on the Building Blocks of Character and What It Takes to Be an Agent of Change

“Go, dear friend, if need be give up all else, and commence to-day to inure yourself to pluck, reality, self-esteem, definiteness, elevatedness…”

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Thomas Carlyle on What Self-Help Really Means and the Healing Power of Love in Moments of Blackest Despair
Thomas Carlyle on What Self-Help Really Means and the Healing Power of Love in Moments of Blackest Despair

“The feeling of recklessness and stormy self-help, when friends grow cold, and the world seems to cast us off, and the heart gathers force from its own wretchedness, converting its ‘tortures into horrid arms.’ There is strength here and dignity…”

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The Paradox of Freedom: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on Moral Aloneness and Our Mightiest Antidote to Terror
The Paradox of Freedom: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on Moral Aloneness and Our Mightiest Antidote to Terror

“Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine.”

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