Here, you will find my selection of the most important books of the last 4 millennia. You can download Word files containing compiled excerpts from the texts. This list is a work in progress. After I finish reading a work and I find the time, I compile the excerpts into a document, and add them here.
Disclaimer: There are likely works included in this list that may be considered shocking or offensive to some. My inclusion of them here does not constitute my agreement or disagreement with the principles or philosophies included therein. They are listed only because I believe they had a monumental impact on the world and I took the time to read them.
“To proclaim as divine all that is grand, just, noble, and beautiful in humanity is to tacitly admit that humanity of itself would have been unable to produce it – that is, that, abandoned to itself, its own nature is miserable, iniquitous, base, and ugly.”
“The pleasant life . . . is the result of sober thinking – namely, investigation of the reasons for every act of choice and aversion and elimination of those false ideas about the gods and death which are the chief source of mental disturbances.”