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"This book is amazing. For a novice like myself, it's a history of the two most important philosophers in Western Civilization. Fascinating." Jun 22, 2014 03:19AM

 
Beauty in the Word
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The King's Two Bodies by Ernst H. Kantorowicz
" My thesis was over Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays: Richard II, I Henry IV, II Henry IV, and Henry V. You would find this book very he ...more "
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The Subprime Mortgage Crisis...it’s too easy to just lay blame on a cabal of greed-constipated Wall Street sphincters who unzipped their consciences, yanked down their morals and dropped a huge deuce on the U.S. financial system.

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The Big Short by Michael   Lewis
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I should preface this by stating that I hate economics and could care less about stocks, bonds, and other investments. I only know that I shouldn't spend more money than I make. This book changed all that. I saw the movie a few weeks ago and was imme ...more
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Richard II by William Shakespeare
Richard II
by William Shakespeare
read in February, 2014
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I enjoyed reading this play much more than I thought I would. Richard's language in this play creates a genuine empathy for this inept king; he seizes the moment of his deposition with grace and pathos.

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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince
by Niccolò Machiavelli
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I agree with the observations of Arthur Herman and others that Machiavelli's The Prince is one of the most widely misunderstood books. First of all, it was addressed to Lorenzo de Medici "in the spirit" in which Machiavelli wrote it. Considering that ...more
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The King's Two Bodies by Ernst H. Kantorowicz
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I used this book for my thesis and it has been invaluable. Although it was published in 1957, it is still considered current by scholars today. This book is an amazing example of German scholarship at its best. Using German, Latin, papal, and many ot ...more
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Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne by Hugh Grady
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Shakespearean Negotiations by Stephen Greenblatt
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King Henry VI, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
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Edgar Lee Masters
“To this generation I would say:
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.”
Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology

J.M. Barrie
“No, no," Mr. Darling always said, "I am responsible for it all. I, George Darling, did it. MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA."

He had had a classical education.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

C.S. Lewis
“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.”
C.S. Lewis

William Bradford
“May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: "Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity, &c. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good, and His mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, shew how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the; desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord His loving kindness, and His wonderful works before the sons of men.”
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647

Ayn Rand
“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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