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Emilia Galotti by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
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"When we do this--name our fears and sins and failures and own up to them, describing them as clearly as we are able--we pass through them into the new life on the other side. We have faced the worst about ourselves and we have survived, m...more
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The Sense of an Ending by Frank Kermode
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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Aside from the lessening of pages, you will not feel any "sense of an ending" in this book until you've stared at the final page, re-read it, and flipped back to re-read the beginning--even then you'll still feel a bit like you've been rudely interru...more
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Wilhelm II by John C.G. Röhl
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Nazism and the Radical Right in Austria 1918-1934 by John T. Lauridsen
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Interwar Vienna by Deborah Holmes
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An excellent collection of essays on Vienna during a critical period! What was the capital like after it had lost its empire, its territorial lands, its "identity," etc. What about the artistic and ethnic emigration before the Anschluss? (A city with...more
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Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
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Can Poetry Matter? by Dana Gioia
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Great essays! Dana Gioia is such a talented poet and inspiring champion of literature's place in education and the arts and humanities in general; I emphatically agree that poetry does have, and, must have, a vital place in society. So much of life i...more
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Augustus by John Edward Williams
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Edmund Burke
“Never apologise for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologise for the truth.”
Edmund Burke

Michael Oakeshott
“This, I believe, is the appropriate image of human intercourse -- appropriate because it recognizes the qualities, the diversities, and the proper relationships of human utterances. As civilized human beings, we are the inheritors, neither of an inquiry about ourselves and the world, nor of an accumulating body of information, but of a conversation, begun in the primeval forests and extended and made more articulate in the course of centuries. It is a conversation which goes on both in public and within each of ourselves.”
Michael Oakeshott, Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays

Alan Bennett
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film

Thomas à Kempis
“Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse for impossibility, for it thinks all things are lawful for itself and all things are possible”
Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”
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