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Lazarillo de Tormes and The Swindler by Anonymous
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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
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The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne
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Snobbery by Joseph Epstein
"A very cute read, Epstein talks about the curiosity he finds in that though democracy, by its very nature touts itself as anti-snobbery, seems at the same time, by its very nature, to breed it.

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Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
“Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.”
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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
“Okay, it's like this. You wake up, you watch TV, and you get in the car and you listen to the radio. You go to your little job or your little school, but you're not going to hear about that on the 6:00 news, since guess what. Nothing is really happening. You read the paper, or if you're into that sort of thing you read a book, which is just the same as watching only even more boring. You watch TV all night, or maybe you go out so you can watch a movie, and maybe you'll get a phone call so you can tell your friends what you've been watching. And you know, it's got so bad that I've started to notice, the people on TV? Inside the TV? Half the time they're watching TV. Or if you've got some romance in a movie? What to they do but go to a movie? All those people, Marlin," he invited the interviewer in with a nod. "What are they watching?"

After an awkward silence, Marlin filled in, "You tell us, Kevin."

"People like me.”
Lionel Shriver
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The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
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George Bernard Shaw
“You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

Niccolò Machiavelli
“I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli
“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Tennessee Williams
“Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.”
Tennessee Williams, Camino Real

Homer
“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.”
Homer, The Iliad

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