Some classic essays by some great philosophers who definitely influence my thinking about life, government, “work”, and economics. To the best of my knowledge, everything printed herein is free of copyright and is fair use.
Mark Twain on the Mormons and the Mountain Meadow Massacre – Appendix to Roughing It.
J.R.R Tolkien – Mythopoeia.
Robert Burns – Winter: a Dirge and others here.
William Cobbitt – Cottage Economy (It has been a project of mine for several years to complete an annotated version of Cobbitt’s great work).
Robert Louis Stevenson – An Apology for Idlers
Samuel Taylor Coleridge – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834)
Samuel Johnson – “No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous.”
—Samuel Johnson, on the behavior of the British colonists in America; “An Introduction to the Political State of Great Britain.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson –
Henry David Thoreau – “I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil,—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that.”
“Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a West as distant and as fair as that into which the sun goes down” from Walking.
P. G. Wodehouse - “I can’t do with any more education. I was full up years ago.” The Code of the Woosters (1938).