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Simone Weil on Love and Its Counterfeit
Simone Weil on Love and Its Counterfeit

How to tell a plaything from a necessity.

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How to Say Goodbye: An Illustrated Field Guide to Accompanying a Loved One at the End of Life
How to Say Goodbye: An Illustrated Field Guide to Accompanying a Loved One at the End of Life

“If you don’t know what to say, start by saying that… That opens things up.”

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“Little Women” Author Louisa May Alcott on the Creative Rewards of Being Single
“Little Women” Author Louisa May Alcott on the Creative Rewards of Being Single

“Liberty is a better husband than love.”

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Bunny & Tree: A Tender Wordless Parable of Friendship and the Improbable Saviors That Make Life Livable
Bunny & Tree: A Tender Wordless Parable of Friendship and the Improbable Saviors That Make Life Livable

Traversing the landscape of life on the wings of trust.

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The Power of Being a Heretic: The Forgotten Visionary Jane Ellen Harrison on Critical Thinking, Emotional Imagination, and How to Rehumanize the World
The Power of Being a Heretic: The Forgotten Visionary Jane Ellen Harrison on Critical Thinking, Emotional Imagination, and How to Rehumanize the World

“If we are to be true and worthy heretics, we need not only new heads, but new hearts, and, most of all, that new emotional imagination… begotten of enlarged sympathies and a more sensitive habit of feeling.”

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The Donkey and the Meaning of Eternity: Nobel-Winning Spanish Poet Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Love Letter to Life
The Donkey and the Meaning of Eternity: Nobel-Winning Spanish Poet Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Love Letter to Life

“Come with me. I’ll teach you the flowers and the stars.”

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Make Yourself a Seer: The Teenage Arthur Rimbaud on How to Be a Poet and a Prophet of Possibility
Make Yourself a Seer: The Teenage Arthur Rimbaud on How to Be a Poet and a Prophet of Possibility

“The day of a single universal language will dawn!… This language will be of the soul, for the soul, encompassing everything, scents, sounds, colors, one thought mounting another.”

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Love’s Work: Philosopher Gillian Rose on the Value of Getting It Wrong
Love’s Work: Philosopher Gillian Rose on the Value of Getting It Wrong

“You may be weaker than the whole world but you are always stronger than yourself. Let me send my power against my power… Let me discover what it is that I want and fear from love. Power and love, might and grace.”

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How to Be Animal: An Antidote to Our Self-Expatriation from Nature
How to Be Animal: An Antidote to Our Self-Expatriation from Nature

How to embrace our inheritance as “a creature of organic substance and electricity that can be eaten, injured and dissipated back into the enigmatic physics of the universe.”

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How to Be More Alive: Hermann Hesse on Wonder and the Proper Aim of Education
How to Be More Alive: Hermann Hesse on Wonder and the Proper Aim of Education

“While wandering down the path of wonder, I briefly escape the world of separation and enter the world of unity.”

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