The Marginalian
The Marginalian

Reads by Maria Popova

Hermann Hesse on Discovering the Soul Beneath the Self and the Key to Finding Peace
Hermann Hesse on Discovering the Soul Beneath the Self and the Key to Finding Peace

“Self-hate is really the same thing as sheer egoism, and in the long run breeds the same cruel isolation and despair.”

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The Secret Life of Chocolate: Oliver Sacks on the Cultural and Natural History of Cacao
The Secret Life of Chocolate: Oliver Sacks on the Cultural and Natural History of Cacao

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When Relationships Change: Anne Morrow Lindbergh on Embracing the Intermittency and Mutability of Love
When Relationships Change: Anne Morrow Lindbergh on Embracing the Intermittency and Mutability of Love

“All living relationships are in process of change, of expansion, and must perpetually be building themselves new forms.”

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The Warblers and the Wonder of Being: Loren Eiseley on Contacting the Miraculous
The Warblers and the Wonder of Being: Loren Eiseley on Contacting the Miraculous

“The time has to be right; one has to be, by chance or intention, upon the border of two worlds. And sometimes these two borders may shift or interpenetrate and one sees the miraculous.”

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Time and the Soul: Philosopher Jacob Needleman on Our Search for Meaning
Time and the Soul: Philosopher Jacob Needleman on Our Search for Meaning

“The real significance of our problem with time… is a crisis of meaning… The root of our modern problem with time is neither technological, sociological, economic nor psychological. It is metaphysical. It is a question of the meaning of human life itself.”

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