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A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

"There are more things ... likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality."

Margaret Fuller on the Revitalizing Power and Spiritual Rewards of a Seaside Vacation

A lyrical ode to the ocean's invitation to self-transcendence from the grand dame of Transcendentalism.

Answers in Progress: Amiri Baraka’s Lyrical Manifesto for Life

"We're on the go for love to open our lives to walk tasting the sunshine of Life."

Gauguin’s Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear

"Between two such beings as he and I, the one a perfect volcano, the other boiling too, inwardly, a sort of struggle was preparing."

The Haunted Mind: Nathaniel Hawthorne on How the Transcendent Space Between Sleep and Wakefulness Illuminates Time and Eternity

"Yesterday has already vanished among the shadows of the past; to-morrow has not yet emerged from the future. You have found an intermediate space... a spot where Father Time, when he thinks nobody is watching him, sits down by the way side to take breath."

John Quincy Adams on Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, the Proper Aim of Ambition, and His Daily Routine

"The spark from Heaven is given to few — It is not to be obtained by intreaty or by toil."

Sun and Moon: Stunning Illustrations of Celestial Myths by Ten of India’s Greatest Indigenous Artists

Ancient allegorical reflections on the universal themes of life, love, time, harmony, and our eternal search for a completeness of being.

11 Love Stories to Read Before You See the Movie

There are a ton of books becoming movies, but if you'd rather read (and, later, see) something romantic, we've got you covered. There are several beautiful love stories in the works, while some are on the racier side (hello, Fifty Shades). Find your ne...

The Terror Within and the Evil Without: James Baldwin on Our Capacity for Transformation as Individuals and Nations

"It has always been much easier (because it has always seemed much safer) to give a name to the evil without than to locate the terror within."

100 Books to Read Before They’re Films

There are always going to be books that are being made into movies, and we love to read them before they get the big-screen treatment as much as you do. If you like being able to say the book was better (isn't it always?), then we have 100 novels to di...

91-Year-Old Lebanese-American Poet, Philosopher, and Painter Etel Adnan on Memory, the Self, and the Universe

"The universe is itself the glue that keeps it going, therefore it is memory in action and in essence, in becoming and in being. Because it remembers itself, it exists. Because it exists, it remembers."

What to Look for During a Total Solar Eclipse: Mabel Loomis Todd’s Poetic 19th-Century Guide to Totality, with Help from Emily Dickinson

"A vast, palpable presence seems overwhelming the world. The blue sky changes to gray or dull purple, speedily becoming more dusky, and a death-like trance seizes upon everything earthly."

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