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Words of Wisdom: Philosophy's Most Important Quotations and their Meanings

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"Words of Wisdom" is an anthology of history's most memorable, uplifting or thought-provoking quotations from the greatest philosophers who have ever lived. Each of the 350 quotations is accompanied by a brief essay that tells the story of the speaker or explains the circumstances that gave rise to the quotation. The words used often encapsulate the human condition and off ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Quercus (first published November 1st 2010)
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Amal Arrumaih
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Having been always both perplexed and intimidated by philosophy, I gasped of happiness upon seeing this book. The titles has appealed to my fantasies of getting hold of what philosophy is all about. As the simpleton I am, I thought It was the answer to my prayers to find a book that would familiarise and explain philosophy to my undereducated mind. However, I was vastly disappointed. Here are my reasons.

The format of the book was that each page contained a philosophical quotation and an explana
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Aaron Kuo
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bbbbeeeesssssttttttt Bbbbbooooooookkkk Eeeevvvveeeerrrr!!!!
Ruia Dahoud
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well first of all this book was a strong proof to me that philosophy isn't really my thing. I continued reading it even though I didn't understand most of its phrases, until I reached page 225 and then I decided: enough is enough, yeah I waited till I finnished more than 60 % of it to leave it. I really feel sorry for the fact that I had to stop reading a book because of not being able to like it or digest it by any means, but in order to account for that, I'm gonna offer it for sale or to be sa ...more
Diogo Silva
If you want to be in the mind of the most influential, and famous, philosophers of all time, then this is the book for you. Behind every quotation there's an explanation, provided by the author, who even gets to a point to make us wonder and think about what it means. Sometimes you agree and other times you don't! In conclusion it's a good book to increase your general culture!
Cams
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I got this as a Christmas present in 2008 and it's taken me that long to get through it. That's not because the book is boring or rubbish, but because it's a dip-in-and-out kind of book. Some of it really knocked my socks off, to discover certain things that I've always thought about were actually philosophy! It's a good primer and the interpretations of the quotes are well written and clear.
Vikas Datta
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An impressive distillation from the boundless repository of human wisdom, restricted not only to pure philosophy but also literature and other arts and sciences - the best guidebook possible for a difficult journey
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Redcardy
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
not a book to read overnight...each entry is engaging and thought provoking, short but filling, a danish pastry and coffee type snack. delicious but couldn't eat too many in one sitting!
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Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
i really love this book! all quote that i never know before have in this book.
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