the study

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.

“The science that studies the supreme good for man is politics.”

“That anything should be held by all does not imply anything more than its being a common notion, just as the existence of a common notion does not imply objective truth.”

“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.”

by Miguel de Cervantes

“If he did not achieve great things, at least, he died in attempting them.”

“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.”

“The world is not for cowardly peoples.”

“Past his strength no man can go, though he’s set on mortal combat.”

“Iron has powers to draw a man to ruin.”

“The one who is not cut off from his primal origin is known as the heavenly man.”

“If you do not trust the people, you make them untrustworthy.”

“The struggle between the capitalist and the wage-laborer starts with the existence of the capital-relation itself.”

by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

“In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”

“A ruler is one who brings officials and people together in agreement.”

“I would allow the State to increase as far as is consistent with unity; that, I think, is the proper limit.”

“To me, there’s only one form of human depravity – the man without a purpose.”

“A revolutionary party that is capable in difficult conditions of turning away from the power, deserves only contempt.”

“Intelligence is the primary condition to equality in freedom.”

“Law is the authoritative principle for the people and is the basis of government; it is what shapes the people.”

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