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Hermann Hesse on Solitude, the Value of Hardship, the Courage to Be Yourself, and How to Find Your Destiny

Hermann Hesse on Solitude, the Value of Hardship, the Courage to Be Yourself, and How to Find Your Destiny

"Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny."
Mary Oliver’s Advice on Writing

Mary Oliver’s Advice on Writing

"Look for verbs of muscle, adjectives of exactitude."
“Dracula” Author Bram Stoker’s Extraordinary Love Letter to Walt Whitman

“Dracula” Author Bram Stoker’s Extraordinary Love Letter to Walt Whitman

"How sweet a thing it is for a strong healthy man with a woman’s eye and a child’s wishes to feel that he can speak to a man who can be if he wishes father, and brother and wife to his soul."
Neil Gaiman Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s Ode to Timelessness to His 100-Year-Old Cousin

Neil Gaiman Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s Ode to Timelessness to His 100-Year-Old Cousin

"In the vast abyss before time, self is not, and soul commingles with mist, and rock, and light."
Rebecca Solnit’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Solace, Empower, and Transform Us

Rebecca Solnit’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Solace, Empower, and Transform Us

"Some books are toolkits you take up to fix things, from the most practical to the most mysterious, from your house to your heart, or to make things, from cakes to ships. Some books are wings... Some
Confidence Through Criticism: A Lesson in Self-Esteem from Walt Whitman

Confidence Through Criticism: A Lesson in Self-Esteem from Walt Whitman

"The quality of BEING, in the object’s self, according to its own central idea and purpose, and of growing therefrom and thereto — not criticism by other standards, and adjustments thereto — is the
Perspective

Perspective

A journey from the farthest cosmic horizons of reality to the depths of our poetic truth.
The Best of Brain Pickings 2018

The Best of Brain Pickings 2018

The splendors of the unknown, the uncertain, and the unclassifiable, truth and beauty at the intersection of poetry and science, the timeless tangles of the heart.
In Praise of Idleness: Bertrand Russell on the Relationship Between Leisure and Social Justice

In Praise of Idleness: Bertrand Russell on the Relationship Between Leisure and Social Justice

"Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle."
Favorite Books of 2018

Favorite Books of 2018

The anatomy of feeling, the science of psychedelics, Ursula K. Le Guin's final poetry collection, arresting essays by Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Anne Lamott, and Audre Lorde, a physicist's lyrical
Freedom and Creative Vitality in a Market Society: Ursula K. Le Guin on Saving Books from Profiteering and Commodification

Freedom and Creative Vitality in a Market Society: Ursula K. Le Guin on Saving Books from Profiteering and Commodification

"Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words."
The Eternal Return: Nietzsche’s Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Key to Existential Contentment

The Eternal Return: Nietzsche’s Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Key to Existential Contentment

"Owning up: to recollect, to regret, to be responsible, ultimately to forgive and love."
The Loveliest Children’s Books of 2018

The Loveliest Children’s Books of 2018

A "new" Maurice Sendak treasure, James Baldwin's only children's book, a celebration of history's heroic women illustrated by Maira Kalman, a stunning serenade to the wilderness, and more.
A 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor on How Books Save Lives

A 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor on How Books Save Lives

"There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive."
The Art of Waiting: Reclaiming the Pleasures of Durational Being in an Instant Culture of Ceaseless Doing

The Art of Waiting: Reclaiming the Pleasures of Durational Being in an Instant Culture of Ceaseless Doing

"Waiting isn’t a hurdle keeping us from intimacy and from living our lives to our fullest. Instead, waiting is essential to how we connect as humans through the messages we send."
An Illustrated Celebration of the Rebels, Visionaries, and Fiercely Courageous World-Changers Who Won Women Political Power

An Illustrated Celebration of the Rebels, Visionaries, and Fiercely Courageous World-Changers Who Won Women Political Power

150 years of culture-shifting bravery, tenacity, and visionary insurgence to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Hermann Hesse on Hope, the Difficult Art of Taking Responsibility, and the Wisdom of the Inner Voice

Hermann Hesse on Hope, the Difficult Art of Taking Responsibility, and the Wisdom of the Inner Voice

"If you are now wondering where to look for consolation, where to seek a new and better God... he does not come to us from books, he lives within us... This God is in you too. He is most particularly
The Fish in the Stone: Zoë Keating Reads Rita Dove’s Ode to Deep Time

The Fish in the Stone: Zoë Keating Reads Rita Dove’s Ode to Deep Time

"In the ocean the silence / moves and moves / and so much is unnecessary..."
Emily Dickinson’s Electric Love Letters to Susan Gilbert

Emily Dickinson’s Electric Love Letters to Susan Gilbert

"Come with me this morning to the church within our hearts, where the bells are always ringing, and the preacher whose name is Love — shall intercede for us!"