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For the improvements of ages have had but little influence on the essential laws of man's existence; as our skeletons, probably, are not to be distinguished from those of our ancestors.

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Existentialism by Thomas R. Flynn
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Socrates in Love by Christopher Phillips
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“A lover in the mold of Socrates believes: I think I’m right in loving this and not that, in loving in this way and not that, but I could be wrong; I do not believe that my philosophy of love and loving is necessarily best.

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Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre by Walter Kaufmann
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“Existentialism in not a philosophy but a label for several widely different revolts against traditional philosophy. Most of the living ‘existentialists’ have repudiated this label, and a bewildered outsider might well conclude that the only thing th ...more
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De Mundo by Pseudo-Aristotle
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The New Adventures of Socrates by Manny Rayner
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The Conference of the Birds by Attar of Nishapur
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“Absolute power is universally coveted, though all know that an absolute ruler has an anxious life and usually a violent death.”
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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The Conference of the Birds by Attar of Nishapur
The Conference of the Birds
by Attar of Nishapur
recommended to Christopher Porzenheim by: My curiosity
recommended for: Someone willing to apply a (slow-er) story to oneself
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The Conference of the Birds is a Sufi allegorical story written by Attar about multiple birds quest to find God.

Each bird represents a certain type of person with certain virtues or vices. The birds are greedy, lazy, fearful, arrogant, and so on.

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Nikos Kazantzakis
“A prophet is the one who, when everyone else despairs, hopes. And when everyone else hopes, he despairs. You’ll ask me why. It’s because he has mastered the Great Secret: that the Wheel turns.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ

C. Wright Mills
“Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose.”
Charles Wright Mills

Albert Camus
“But the narrator is inclined to think that by attributing overimportance to praiseworthy actions one may, by implication, be paying indirect but potent homage to the worse side of human nature. For this attitude implies that such actions shine out as rare exceptions, while callousness and apathy are the general rule. The narrator does not share that view.”
Albert Camus, The Plague

“For lack of rules (which the undisciplined sector of the young call freedom) sets masters over one which are more tyrannical than the teachers and trainers familiar from childhood – these masters are the desires, when they have broken out of prison, so to speak.”
Plutarch, Essays

Albert Camus
“The evil in the world comes almost always from ignorance, and goodwill can cause as much damage as ill-will if it is not enlightened. People are more often good than bad, though in fact that is not the question. But they are more or less ignorant and this is what one calls vice or virtue, the most appalling vice being the ignorance that thinks it knows everything and which consequently authorizes itself to kill. The murderer's soul is blind, and there is no true goodness or fine love without the greatest possible degree of clear-sightedness.”
Albert Camus, The Plague

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