Inspiration

Wondering how these beautiful minds and their books continue to inspire us?

Mary-Elaine Jacobsen - Liberating Everyday Genius (1999)

"Intelligently regulating the force of Everyday Genius is like balancing the flow of a surging underground river. Although its mighty current is mostly invisible, its dynamism is ever moving and ever present."

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David Bohm - On Dialogue (1996)

“A contradiction involves two things that cannot fit together, while a paradox, which appears at first sight to be a contradiction, on closer examination has a resolution.”

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Bertrand Russell - The Conquest of Happiness (1930)

“It is amazing how much both happiness and efficiency can be increased by the cultivation of an orderly mind, which thinks about a matter adequately at the right time rather than inadequately at all times.”

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Martha Nussbaum - Upheavals of Thought (2001)

"Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature, they are parts, highly complex and messy parts, of this creature's reasoning itself."

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Yanis Varoufakis - Talking to My Daughter (2009)

“Whether you adapt your behavior to suit market society’s needs, or become obstinate enough to want to adapt society to your own ideas about what society should be like instead, performing a periodic mental withdrawal from our society’s norms and certainties is vital.”

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Hanzi Freinacht - The Listening Society (2017)

“The king’s road to a good future is personal development and psychological growth. And humans develop much better if you fulfill their innermost psychological needs. So we’re looking for a “deeper” society, a civilisation more socially apt, emotionally intelligent and existentially mature.”

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Hannah Arendt - The Human Condition (1956)

“The life span of man running toward death would inevitably carry everything human to ruin and destruction, if it were not for the faculty of interrupting it and beginning something new, a faculty which is inherent in action like an ever-present reminder that men, though they must die, are not born in order to die but in order to begin.”

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James P. Carse - Finite and Infinite Games (1986)

“There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

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Erich Fromm - The Sane Society (1955)

“We see that there is a great deal of conscious, and even more unconscious dissatisfaction with the kind of work which our society offers most of its members. One tries to counteract their dissatisfaction by a mixture of monetary and prestige incentives, and undoubtedly these incentives produce considerable eagerness to work. But it is one thing that these incentives make people work, and it is quite another thing whether the mode of this work is conducive to mental health and happiness.”

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