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Reads tagged with “School of Life”

Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad: Philosopher Alain de Botton to the Central Foible of the Human Heart and How to Heal It
Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad: Philosopher Alain de Botton to the Central Foible of the Human Heart and How to Heal It

“We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but what we are really after is familiarity.”

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What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit
What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “

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What Comes After Religion: The Search for Meaning in Secular Life
What Comes After Religion: The Search for Meaning in Secular Life

“We need reminders to be good, places to reawaken awe, something to reawaken our kinder, less selfish impulses…”

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What Is Philosophy For? A Beautiful Animated Manifesto for Undoing Our Unwisdom, Cultivating Our Character, and Gaining Perspective
What Is Philosophy For? A Beautiful Animated Manifesto for Undoing Our Unwisdom, Cultivating Our Character, and Gaining Perspective

“The points at which our unwisdom bites and messes up our lives are multiple and urgently need attention, right now.”

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Heidegger in the Kitchen: What a Shrimp Can Teach Us About the Meaning of Life
Heidegger in the Kitchen: What a Shrimp Can Teach Us About the Meaning of Life

How to break free from the chatter that muffles the essence of Being.

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The Difficult Art of Self-Compassion
The Difficult Art of Self-Compassion

“We need to re-learn the value of calculated moments of self-compassion; we need to appreciate the role of self-care in a good, ambitious and fruitful life.”

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Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness
Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness

“Artists are people who strip habit away and return life to its deserved glory.”

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How to Merge Money and Meaning: An Animated Field Guide to Finding Fulfilling Work in the Modern World
How to Merge Money and Meaning: An Animated Field Guide to Finding Fulfilling Work in the Modern World

The six psychological pillars of a satisfying life.

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What Books Do for the Human Spirit: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature
What Books Do for the Human Spirit: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature

“Writers open our hearts and minds, and give us maps to our own selves.”

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How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time
How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

“We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.”

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