Jennifer Michael Hecht


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Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, philosopher, and author.


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Doubt: A History

4.07 avg rating — 2,995 ratings — published 2003 — 12 editions
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The Happiness Myth: Why Wha...

3.70 avg rating — 498 ratings — published 2007 — 11 editions
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Stay: A History of Suicide ...

3.56 avg rating — 381 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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Funny

4.23 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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The Next Ancient World

4.25 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2001
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Who Said

3.78 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2013
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The End of the Soul: Scient...

3.89 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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Good Poems for Hard Times

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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1998
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“How was life before Pop-Tarts, Prozac and padded playgrounds? They ate strudel, took opium and played on the grass.”
Jennifer Hecht, The Happiness Myth: The Historical Antidote to What Isn't Working Today

“Prayer is based on the remote possibility that someone is actually listening; but so is a lot of conversation. If the former seems far-fetched, consider the latter: even if someone is listening to your story, and really hearing, that person will disappear from existence in the blink of a cosmic eye, so why bother to tell this perhaps illusory and possibly un-listening person something he or she is unlikely to truly understand, just before the two of you blip back out of existence? We like to talk to people who answer us, intelligently if possible, but we do talk without needing response or expecting comprehension. Sometimes, the event is the word, the act of speaking. Once we pull that apart a bit, the action of talking becomes more important than the question of whether the talking is working-because we know, going in, that the talking is not working. That said, one might as well pray.”
Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History

“Plato offers the amazing idea that contemplation of the way things really are is, in itself, a purifying process that can bring human beings into the only divinity there is.”
Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History

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