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    Recently finished The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch. Highly, highly recommend. Not an easy read by any means, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T_M View Post
    Just finished Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Short book but not a particularly easy or entertaining read. Some great passages and cool to get into the head of a guy that was almost literally the king of the world 2000 years ago..
    I read Meditations maybe a year ago, partway through Letters from a Stoic by Seneca right now, and have Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus on the shelf waiting to be read. So far I preferred Meditations to Seneca, though both of them have some good passages/tidbits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevermind View Post
    Epicurus said that philosophy is for the mind what medicine is for the body,the philosophical word that doesnt cure any passion is useless
    with that in my mind i found reading Nietzsche a very positive impact in my life,i cant define exactly how,but i found my self interacting with people,challenges and
    unexpected difficulties very calmly and happily

    First book of his i read was the Will for power,a really way of thinking changer,i remember an awesome quote from that book
    he says " i call corrupted an animal,a specie,a person who acts against its interest,who prefers what damages it"


    his book Early Greek Philosophy & Other Essays i found it very useful to understand his way of thinking,his opinion of what benefits and what hurts
    he explains why he hates Socrates and consider him guilty for the death of the ancient Greek spirit


    His Zarathustra book,i read about 40 pages,looks nice and interesting,i m not impressed but on the other hand didnt read it carefully so far,
    he refers to it as his gospel and as a book anyone who wish to understand his work,must read it first,
    he says that to Ecce homo,a book that i dont particulary understand or find it interesting

    the genealogy of morals is fascinating for me,well written and easy to understand,he talks about a very interesting matter,about i n s t i c t s

    his poems to Dionysus,i found them hard to understand
    i have another book called philosophy by Nietzsche,its just quotes of his work,reminds me of the happy science,but i found it hard to follow

    his book european nihilism is simply amazing,talks about values that produced the civilizations in Europe and the values that destruct them


    a few months ago i found at the library a book called 99 lessons from Nietzsche,i gave it a look,it was awful

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJonty View Post
    I read Meditations maybe a year ago,
    pure gold
    p u r e g o l d
    and i liked from Epictetus the first volume of his essay ,they both into this stoicism philosophy

    what i conciser great these days is Epicurus

    Nietzsche said that a Stockist learns to accept things as they are,an Epicurean learns how to create his life inn order to get pleasure from it

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevermind View Post
    what i conciser great these days is Epicurus

    Nietzsche said that a Stockist learns to accept things as they are,an Epicurean learns how to create his life inn order to get pleasure from it
    Seneca has quoted Epicurus a number of times in "Letters from a Stoic" but apparently most of Epicurus' writings have been lost. What's left out there either by him or about him that you know of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJonty View Post
    Seneca has quoted Epicurus a number of times in "Letters from a Stoic" but apparently most of Epicurus' writings have been lost. What's left out there either by him or about him that you know of?
    i have this wonderful version of a greek publisher



    im sure there re books with his quotes in english

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    My productivity has really dropped off lately. After Breakfast of Champions I read one of Vonnegut's earlier novels, Sirens of Titan which I found to be quite an interesting head spinner.

    Currently reading Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

    With all this talk about Nietzsche recently, I'll probably tackle Thus Spake Zarathustra next. I read Beyond Good and Evil about a year ago with the help of Sparknotes, but have heard that I should have read Zarathustra first.

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    Decided against Nietzsche and went for another Vonnegut piece...Deadeye Dick

    followed by Post Truth, a book I picked up at the University of Bergen book store;

    followed by One of Us,by Asne Seierstad about the horrendous massacre that took place in Norway in 2011;

    followed by Billiards at Half-Past Nine, by Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll;

    Currently reading Enlightenment Now, by Steven Pinker

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    My list of books to read is growing faster than I can read them.


    Currently reading Diet Cults by Matt Fitzgerald, and it's amazing.

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