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14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936
14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

“Writing, to knowledge, is a certified check.”

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The First Book of Space Travel: How a Woman Writer and Illustrator Enchanted Kids with Science in 1953
The First Book of Space Travel: How a Woman Writer and Illustrator Enchanted Kids with Science in 1953

“If I were a fairy godmother, my gift to every child would be curiosity.”

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The Artists’ & Writers’ Cookbook: A Rare 1961 Treasure Trove of Unusual Recipes and Creative Wit
The Artists’ & Writers’ Cookbook: A Rare 1961 Treasure Trove of Unusual Recipes and Creative Wit

“Permit two egg yolks to recline.”

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Jackson Pollock on Art, Labels, and Morality, Shortly Before His Death
Jackson Pollock on Art, Labels, and Morality, Shortly Before His Death

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

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The Art of Living: A 1924 Guide to Uncertainty, Love, and Finding Your Purpose
The Art of Living: A 1924 Guide to Uncertainty, Love, and Finding Your Purpose

“Living has yet to be generally recognized as one of the arts.”

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E.B. White on the Art of the Essay and Why Egotism Is Essential for the Essay Writer
E.B. White on the Art of the Essay and Why Egotism Is Essential for the Essay Writer

“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.”

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The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866
The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866

“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”

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T. S. Eliot’s Iconic Vintage Verses About Cats, Illustrated and Signed by Edward Gorey
T. S. Eliot’s Iconic Vintage Verses About Cats, Illustrated and Signed by Edward Gorey

Two grand masters of delight, together.

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On Loves, Lunacies, and Losses: The Little-Known Poetry of Mark Twain
On Loves, Lunacies, and Losses: The Little-Known Poetry of Mark Twain

“Advance your cue and shut your eyes / And take the cushion first.”

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The Bed Book: Sylvia Plath’s Vintage Poems for Kids, Illustrated by Quentin Blake
The Bed Book: Sylvia Plath’s Vintage Poems for Kids, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

“Most Beds are Beds for sleeping and resting, but the best Beds are much more interesting!”

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