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Alan Lightman on the Longing for Absolutes in a Relative World and What Gives Lasting Meaning to Our Lives
Alan Lightman on the Longing for Absolutes in a Relative World and What Gives Lasting Meaning to Our Lives

“We are idealists and we are realists. We are dreamers and we are builders. We are experiencers and we are experimenters. We long for certainties, yet we ourselves are full of the ambiguities of the Mona Lisa and the I Ching. We ourselves are a part of the yin-yang of the world.”

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I and Thou: Philosopher Martin Buber on the Art of Relationship and What Makes Us Real to One Another
I and Thou: Philosopher Martin Buber on the Art of Relationship and What Makes Us Real to One Another

“The primary word I–Thou can only be spoken with the whole being. The primary word I–It can never be spoken with the whole being.”

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Thoreau on Nature as Prayer
Thoreau on Nature as Prayer

“In the street and in society I am almost invariably cheap and dissipated, my life is unspeakably mean.”

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Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality
Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

“What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished…”

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Hannah Arendt on Action and the Pursuit of Happiness
Hannah Arendt on Action and the Pursuit of Happiness

“The rediscovery of action and the reemergence of a secular, public realm of life may well be the most precious inheritance the modern age has bequeathed upon us who are about to enter an entirely new world.”

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Nobel Laureate André Gide on the Five Elements of a Great Work of Art
Nobel Laureate André Gide on the Five Elements of a Great Work of Art

“You come to doubt whether there is any secret there; it seems that you touch the depths at once. But ten years later you return to it and enter still more deeply.”

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