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Stunning 19th-Century French Natural History Illustrations of Beetles
Stunning 19th-Century French Natural History Illustrations of Beetles

The exoskeletal strangeness and splendor of creatures almost entirely unlike us yet thoroughly of this shared world.

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The Astronomical Art of Maria Clara Eimmart: Stunning 17th-Century Drawings of Comets, Planets, and Moon Phases by a Self-Taught Artist and Astronomer
The Astronomical Art of Maria Clara Eimmart: Stunning 17th-Century Drawings of Comets, Planets, and Moon Phases by a Self-Taught Artist and Astronomer

Celestial splendor from a forgotten woman who broke the bounds of her time.

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The Puzzle We Call Being: Walt Whitman on Listening to the Song of Existence, Animated
The Puzzle We Call Being: Walt Whitman on Listening to the Song of Existence, Animated

“Now I will do nothing but listen, / To accrue what I hear into this song…”

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Perspective in the Age of Opinion: Timely Wisdom from a Century Ago
Perspective in the Age of Opinion: Timely Wisdom from a Century Ago

“A small artist is content with art; a great artist is content with nothing except everything.”

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Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak
Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak

“Who is good if he knows not who he is? and who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?”

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How to Rewire Your Broken Behavioral Patterns: Shakespeare’s Advice on Acquiring Better Habits
How to Rewire Your Broken Behavioral Patterns: Shakespeare’s Advice on Acquiring Better Habits

“Assume a virtue, if you have it not.”

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Cosmic Threads: A Solar System Quilt from 1876
Cosmic Threads: A Solar System Quilt from 1876

A serenade to the universe in wool and silk.

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Wordsworth on Genius and the Creative Responsibility of Elevating Taste
Wordsworth on Genius and the Creative Responsibility of Elevating Taste

“To create taste is to call forth and bestow power, of which knowledge is the effect; and there lies the true difficulty.”

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Walt Whitman on Creativity
Walt Whitman on Creativity

Wisdom “for strong artists and leaders — for fresh broods of teachers… and coming musicians.”

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Voltaire on the Art of Being Undefeated by Hardship
Voltaire on the Art of Being Undefeated by Hardship

“All comes out even at the end of the day, and all comes out still more even when all the days are over.”

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