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Leo Tolstoy on Love and Its Paradoxical Demands
Leo Tolstoy on Love and Its Paradoxical Demands

“Future love does not exist. Love is a present activity only. The man who does not manifest love in the present has not love.”

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Maria Mitchell and the Spider’s Web: A Touching Testament to Tenacity from America’s First Woman Astronomer
Maria Mitchell and the Spider’s Web: A Touching Testament to Tenacity from America’s First Woman Astronomer

What a spider’s web and an infant’s hair have to do with celestial observation.

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Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s Stunning 19th-Century Astronomical Drawings of Celestial Objects and Phenomena
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s Stunning 19th-Century Astronomical Drawings of Celestial Objects and Phenomena

The splendor of the cosmos in a trailblazing marriage of art and science more than a century before modern astrophotography.

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The Rocket Book: A Conceptually Ingenious, Stunningly Illustrated 1912 Children’s Book About Urban Living
The Rocket Book: A Conceptually Ingenious, Stunningly Illustrated 1912 Children’s Book About Urban Living

An irreverent wink at the challenge of separate lives sharing space in the city.

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Thoreau on How to Use Civil Disobedience to Advance Justice
Thoreau on How to Use Civil Disobedience to Advance Justice

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”

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Abraham Lincoln’s Tough-Love Letter to His Step-Brother About Laziness and Work Ethic
Abraham Lincoln’s Tough-Love Letter to His Step-Brother About Laziness and Work Ethic

“You say you would almost give your place in Heaven for $70 or $80. Then you value your place in Heaven very cheaply.”

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