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“Men hate passion, any great passion.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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“…I would say, literature is both a means of amplification and one for analyzing the resources of meaning available in the use of everyday language.”

– Paul Ricoeur


I picked up a page on the floor of the Xerox room, it’s the last page of what seems to be a very interesting text. If any one recognizes it, I would love to know who authored it.

“Humans construct an understanding of the world that is very different from the analogue flow of sensation the world presents to them. They package their experience into objects and events. They assemble these objects and events into propositions, which they take to be characterizations of real and possible worlds. The characterizations are highly schematic: they pick out some aspects of a situation and ignore others, allowing the same situation to be construed in multiple ways. People thereby can disagree about what a given situation really is even when they agree on how matter has moved through space.”

– Author unknown to me.


The Essential Schopenhauer: Key Selections from The World as Will and Representation and Other Writings.

I believe this book really contains the essential Schopenhauer. The introduction is very well written and the book itself is made to be taken with you everywhere. I am usually partial to hardcover books, because paperbacks make me nervous. But this book bends and moves with me, I don’t know what they made the cover of, but I like it, it doesn’t crack, tear, fold or peel, it’s hardy.

I feel like the cover accurately represents the mindset you must adopt before reading Schopenhauer. The man speaks the truth, the hardest truth, he’s honest, courageous and unwavering, just as you ought to be when you read him. The book opens wide without the spine cracking, unlike other paperbacks. It should challenge you in such a way that you have to carry it with you. And then one day while on your coffee break at the local café, you’ll look up to take a sip from your exotically named muddy drink, glance around at the people walking by and you’ll realize you understand the world a lot better.


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