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"“Jean II could have served Machiavelli as a model for the Anti-Prince. Impolitic and impetuous, he never made a wise choice between alternatives and seemed incapable of considering an action in advance...His subjects, with surprising forbearance, named him John the Good.. though using the surname in the sense of “prodigal” or “careless”.. a condescending “what a good fellow!”

Like I said. Exactly what I wanted."
Feb 05, 2019 06:56PM


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Kelly added a status update: You guys I am going on a sea and shore based reading binge (again), bc of reading this list today:

Your top recs? I’ve done Patrick O’Brian/Hornblower and that’s not what I want rn really. I did The Outrun last year, freaking loved it. More like that plz. Done Woolf. What else you got, good book people?
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Clifford Odets
“Any idiot can face a crisis—it’s day to day living that wears you out.”
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John Cowper Powys
“To read great books does not mean one becomes ‘bookish’; it means that something of the terrible insight of Dostoyevsky, of the richly-charged imagination of Shakespeare, of the luminous wisdom of Goethe, actually passes into the personality of the reader; so that in contact with the chaos of ordinary life certain free and flowing outlines emerge, like the forms of some classic picture, endowing both people and things with a grandeur beyond what is visible to the superficial glance.”
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“Poetry is a way of looking at the world for the first time.”
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“It was really true, there was no longer anything about him that could interest me. He wasn't even a fragment of the past, he was only a stain, like the print of a hand left years ago on a wall.”
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Marcus Aurelius
“Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: 'What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?' You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present, and the power of this is much diminished if you take it in isolation and call your mind to task if it thinks that it cannot stand up to it when taken on its own.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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