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    "Siddhartha", "Steppenwolf" and some others by Herman Hesse I read as a young man.

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    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
    Leaves of Grass - What Whitman
    Walden - Henry David Thoreau
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    The Sorrows of Young Werther - Goethe
    I may be bested in battle, but I shall never be defeated.

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    1. Upanishads
    2. Phenomenology of Perception (Merleau-Ponty)
    3. Bhagavad Gita
    "I determined nothing."
    -Sceptical expression

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    1984 biatch!


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    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It is the why of the Liberal Arts all metaphored and punned out.

    How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnagie. Sad but true. Everyone should read it.

    Patriot Games by Tom Clancy. Only becuase it was the first book I read that was over five hundred pages long. It made me unintimidated of large and duanting works.
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    To your tambourine in time.
    It's just a ragged clown behind,
    I wouldn't pay it any mind,
    It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing."

    -From "Mr. Tambourine Man"
    by Bob Dylan

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuranes View Post
    "Siddhartha", "Steppenwolf" and some others by Herman Hesse I read as a young man.
    "narziss und goldmund" had a profound effect on me too. i can still see and smell the glowing landscapes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dblhelix View Post
    1984 biatch!
    me too.

    also, Down and Out in Paris and London, by the same author.
    Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Albert Pike
    The Bible
    Qur'an
    A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
    Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence (almost forgot this one, i read it when i was pretty young)
    I don't wanna!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasz View Post
    "narziss und goldmund" had a profound effect on me too. i can still see and smell the glowing landscapes.
    Interestingly Narcissus and Goldmund also had an impact on me even though it's a third-person narrative novel. Goldmund's journey, the psychology of women and children, the effect of a psychoanalytical unclogging, Narcissus's enlightened asceticism. It has also had an impact on the way I look at Medieval art.

    Among the biographies about artists that inspired me, there is The Agony and the Ecstasy.

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    Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
    This one opened my mind and got me in a brooding condition for a week or two; but I always felt a distance with the narrator (R. Pirsig), a certain incompatibility that prevented the book from being an instruction booklet for my life but rather a secret spiritual book which touches something vital that is hidden in the fog of the narrative.

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    The Fountainhead
    Atlas Shrugged
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Brave New Worlld
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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    where to start.

    People Skills by Robert someone (heimen I think)
    He lists ten obstacles to listening and talks about reflective listening.

    "How to make friends and influence people." Dale Carnigigigeiigiegeesomething
    (Random note. I was reading a software blog and the blogger made the point that if you want to design software you have to read this book. Shrug so I did. )
    Anyway, Dale C, really drums home the point that you never win by convincing someone they're wrong, because on some level they'll resent you. You get alot further by asking them questions that lead to your point.

    Steppenwolf.
    Glassbead game (only read half of this)
    Before these books I thought people were really stupid and not worth hanging around. For a few years after these books I went through my you should get out there and give life a go (This was probably an age thing too).
    Unfortunately, I found out that people aren't stupid, they are just wilfully ignorant which is a great deal harder to overcome.

    "Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. "

    to paraphrase another quote (which I can't find)
    When someone is faced with changing their mind or proving their opinion, they get busy with the proving.
    "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
    Bertrand Russell

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