Books - What are the Best Books to Read?
Did you ever wonder what would be the most valuable books to read
Before you read
, the first
thing you should do is learn
. It's not how much you know or
you think you know
, it's the quality of what you know. And if you don't
read anything valuable
, then knowing how to read will not be valuable
or important. The same goes for Math
does not move you forward
in life, it may leave you paralyzed in life. Be careful what you
choose to read, you have to know what to read and
when to read it
. It's not the number of
books you read or how many books you read, it's the books you read that made a difference.
How Long Does it Take to Read a Book
If you have a 500 page book, and you read 15 pages a day, it
will take around 33 days to read the entire book.
How long will it take to read 15 pages? If you can read
wpm words per minute
, and if a page has 250 words, then it will
take 1-2 minutes to read each page. So it will take on the
average of 20 minutes a day to read 15 pages.
It adds up.
If you're reading speed is
words a minute
, and If you read 10 minutes a day
, you will read a
words in one day
, 7,000 words in one week, 30,000 words in one month
360,000 words in one year. If you can read 100 words per minute and there
is 1,440 minutes in 24 hours a day. 100 x 1,440 = 144,000 words a day. To
read one million words would take around 7 days. If there are 10 million
words, then it would take 70 days to read BK101 entirely, that's if you
were reading non stop. So if you read 12 hours a day, that would be 140
days when reading only 100 wpm. If you read for 1 hour everyday at 100
wpm, it will take 1,680 days or
to read 10 million words. And that is just reading, which is not the
same as studying
. The average
person speaks approximately 100 – 130 words per minute
. Based on
people speaking at an average speed of four to five syllables per second.
Most words are two to three syllables long.
How Long does it take to Write a Book?
Writing 250 words a day, and if a page has 250 words, you can
write a 500 page book in less then 1.5 years.
A fast hand writer
can write 250 words in 15 Minutes on average.
How Many Pages in a Book is too Many
“If there’s a
that you want
to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
(wiki)What books are the most important
most influential books of all time? There is not one
book that would provide you with all the knowledge and
information that you need. There is not one book that
would make you intelligent. But there are books that
will change you, there are books that will inspire you,
and there are books that will enlighten you.
And there are books that have not been written yet, so I
feel that the best books that were ever written have not
yet been written. So start writing
How Many Books Are There
Books Published per Country per Year
- Types of Books
It's more then just reading things that are valuable and
important, you have to understand why certain knowledge and information is
valuable and important, and, you have to know how this knowledge and
information will benefit you in your life, and, you have to know when will
you most likely use this information and knowledge? If you correctly file
in your mind what you have learned, then you will have an easier time
remembering what you have learned, and, you will also understand more and
know when to apply this knowledge in the future.
Can You Name a
Book? ANY Book
??? Almost one in four Americans has not read a book in
the past year.
is a thin marker, commonly made of card, leather, or fabric, used to keep
the reader's place in a book
and to enable the reader to return to it with
ease. Other frequently used materials for bookmarks are paper, metals like
silver and brass, silk, wood, cord (sewing), and plastic. Many bookmarks
can be clipped on a page with the aid of a page-flap.
What if you Printed out all of Basic Knowledge 101 website on Paper?
First you would have to estimate how much word space images use and how much
space vertical lists use, and the spaces between paragraphs and the
space on either side of the page from the left and right indents at 0.75", and
if the headers on top and the footer on the bottom of the page measured from the
edge of the paper at 0.5", and if you used a
12 pt Arial Font Size
8.5 x 11 inch page
Read the Classics, Read BK101
What would DNA look like when
Printed Out on Paper
200 Pages in BK101 with an estimate of 20,000
words per page
200 x 20,000 = 4,000,000 words on BK101
. To print out 20,000 words
for each page it would take 20 pages to print out on paper if you could fit 1,000 words on one
page (500 words on one side of the paper and
another 500 words on the other side of the paper) (1,000
x 20 = 20,000.). 20 x 200 = 4,000 Pages to Print out BK101
. (count the words
the Laws Page
). If 5 pages cost $1.00 to
print on paper, 4,000 / 5 = 800, it would be around $800.00 to print out.
And when you consider the value of knowledge
, then that is a very good price to pay. But of course
BK101 is designed for digital devices, that's when you can extract the maximum value.
Born to Read
Pathways that exist
before kids learn to read
determine development of brain’s word recognition area.
Study finds brain connections key to reading
Language and Thought Connections
regularly makes you live longer
then people who don't read regularly.
the academic study of books as physical, cultural objects. -
Simultaneous Subject Speaking
Popular Informative Books
Top 10 Best Books For Inquiring Minds
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The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written, by Martin
List of Best Selling Books
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Classic Books in the
Library of Congress
The 100 Best Books of All Time
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30 Books to Read
50 of the Most Influential Books in the last 50 Years
Landers Book Bub
100 Best Novels
Amazons Picks of Favorite Books
magazines, and poems that are made for children. Modern children's
literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age
of the reader. Children's literature can be traced to stories such as
fairy tales that have only been identified as children’s literature in the
eighteenth century, and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults
shared with children before publishing existed. The development of early
children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to
trace. Even after printing became widespread, many classic "children's"
tales were originally created for adults and later adapted for a younger
audience. Since the fifteenth century much literature has been aimed
specifically at children, often with a moral or religious message.
Children's literature has been shaped by religious sources, like Puritan
traditions, or by more philosophical and scientific standpoints with the
influences of Charles Darwin and John Locke. The late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries are known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature"
because many classic children's books were published then.
genre of literature
, film, and video that focuses on the growth of a
protagonist from youth to adulthood ("coming of age"). Coming-of-age
stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and
are often set in the past. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are
typically teenagers. The Bildungsroman is a specific subgenre of
coming-of-age story. The plot points of coming of age stories are usually
emotional changes within the character(s) in question.
is a work of
in which a
prevailing social problem, such as gender, race, or class prejudice, is
dramatized through its effect on the characters of a novel. More specific
examples of social problems that are addressed in such works include
poverty, conditions in factories and mines, the plight of child labor,
violence against women, rising criminality, and epidemics because of
over-crowding, and poor sanitation in cities. Terms like thesis novel,
propaganda novel, industrial novel, working-class novel and problem novel
are also used to describe this type of novel; a recent development in this
genre is the young adult problem novel. It is also referred to as the
sociological novel. The social protest novel is a form of social novel
which places an emphasis on the idea of social change, while the
proletarian novel is a political form of the social protest novel which
may emphasize revolution. While early examples are found in 18th century
England, social novels have been written throughout Europe and the United
The Little Prince
is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by
the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince
visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and
includes social criticism of the adult world. First published in 1943.
Translated into 300 languages and dialects, selling nearly two million
copies annually, and with year-to-date sales of over 140 million copies
worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.
When We Were Very Young
is a book of poetry by
. It was first published in 1924, and was illustrated by E. H.
We Are Six
is a book of thirty-five children's verses by A. A. Milne,
with illustrations by E. H. Shepard. It was first published in 1927
including poems such as "King John's Christmas", "Binker" and "Pinkle
Purr". Eleven of the poems in the collection are
illustrations featuring Winnie-the-Pooh
These include: "The Charcoal Burner", "Us Two", "The Engineer", "Furry
Bear", "Knight-in-armour", "The Friend", "The Morning Walk", "Waiting at
the Window", "Forgotten", "In the Dark" and "The End".
Where the Wild Things Are
is a 1963 children's picture book. This
story of only 338 words focuses on a young boy named Max who, after
dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that
he is sent to bed without his supper. Max's bedroom undergoes a mysterious
transformation into a jungle environment, and he winds up sailing to an
island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the "Wild Things." After
successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the
Wild Things and enjoys a playful romp with his subjects. However, he
starts to feel lonely and decides to return home, to the Wild Things'
dismay. Upon returning to his bedroom, Max discovers a hot supper waiting
is a 1962 children's picture book It features Peter, an
African American boy, who explores his neighborhood after the season’s
first snowfall. Peter, The Snowy Day's protagonist, wakes up to the
season’s first snowfall. In his red snowsuit, he goes outside and makes
footprints and trails through the snow. Peter is too young to join a
snowball fight with older kids, so he makes a snowman and snow angels and
slides down a hill. He returns home with a snowball stashed in his pocket.
Before he goes to bed, Peter is sad to discover the snowball has melted.
The next day, he wakes up to more falling snow. With a friend, he ventures
is a traditional form of
, where a
story is told to a child at bedtime to prepare the child for sleep. The
bedtime story has long been considered "a definite institution in many
families". Reading bedtime stories yields multiple benefits for parents
and children alike. The fixed
of a bedtime story before sleeping can
improve the child's brain
, language mastery, and logical thinking skills. The
storyteller-listener relationship creates an emotional bond between the
parent and the child. Due to "the strength of the imitative instinct" of a
child, the parent and the stories that they tell act as a model for the
child to follow. Bedtime stories are also useful for teaching the child
abstract virtues such as sympathy, unselfishness, and self-control, as
most children are said to be "naturally sympathetic when they have
experienced or can imagine the feelings of others". Thus, bedtime stories
can be used to discuss darker subjects such as death and racism. As the
bedtime stories broaden in theme, the child "will broaden in their
conception of the lives and feelings of others". Adult versions in the
form of audio books help adults fall asleep without finishing the story.
Most of todays
(children's books) -
was an American writer of children's and
young adult fiction
of America's most successful authors, 91 million copies of her books have
been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of
her best known characters are Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, Henry
Huggins and his dog Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse. The majority of Cleary's
books are set in the Grant Park neighborhood of northeast Portland,
Oregon, where she was raised, and she has been credited as one of the
first authors of children's literature to figure emotional realism in the
narratives of her characters, often children in middle-class families.
Cleary won the 1981 National Book Award for Ramona and Her Mother and the
1984 Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. For her lifetime contributions to
American literature, she received the National Medal of Arts, recognition
as a Library of Congress Living Legend, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
from the Association for Library Service to Children. The Beverly Cleary
School, a public school in Portland, was named after her, and several
statues of her most famous characters were erected in Grant Park in 1995.
Cleary died in 2021 at the age of 104.
(née Bunn; April 12, 1916 – March 25, 2021).
2014 Great Reads
the name of a writer and find writers with similar styles
List of most Expensive Books
(not valuable or important,
What book would you want to
read if you could only have one book
If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what
would it be?
What book would be the most valuable book? Or the most
? Or one
I couldn't choose just one book, even the dictionary needs
instructions on how to use words and how to use language to
communicate effectively and efficiently. Just having one book
would be very limited, terribly inadequate, and extremely
dangerous. It would have to be a group or a collection of books,
movies, music, games, knowledge and information.
Something that could fit on a Jump-Drive
or a Lap Top Computer
The English Dictionary - A New and Updated Version is a
Dictionary with Context
The Holy Bible - Religious
The Bill of Rights
The U.S. Constitution.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Book of Elements
Child Development Books
How to Read
Books on Literacy
How to Grow Food
How to get clean Water
How to build a Home
How to create Energy
...and a 1,000 more.
“It is the mark of a truly educated man to know what not
to read.” -
Ezra Taft Benson
The Dictionary was our defining moment
, it changed everything.
Being able to accurately define words has made communication a
lot faster and a lot more effective. The power of a
creates enormous potential for all humans on earth. But this
knowledge is not shared with everyone, which is why we have
communication break down and
all around the world. We need to improve access to
knowledge and information. We need to utilize the enormous
potential in every human on this planet. A better world is
waiting, but it will not wait forever.
is learning how to
develop a new skill
or learning how to
develop as a person
techniques. There are many different self-help group programs that exist, each with its own
focus, techniques and associated beliefs. There are many different
concepts and terms originating in the
. Your main
focus should always be about
self directed learning
where you are searching
for accurate sources
and seeking guidance
well as, looking for any
or negative feedback
from your social circle that could be of some value.
is one that is written with the intention to
instruct its readers on solving personal problems
List of Self-Help Books
(Books on Self Help)
Power of Now
book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day
living and stresses the importance of
living in the present moment
avoiding thoughts of the past or future.
is a business and self-help book.
Begin with the End in Mind. Envision what you want in the future so you
can work and plan towards it. Put First Things First. Think Win-Win.
first to understand
, then to be Understood. Synergize. Continuous
Improvements. Sharpen the Saw.
The Power of Positive Thinking
is a self-help book by Norman Vincent
Peale, originally published in 1952. It proposes the method of "Positive
". It basically aims at ensuring that the reader achieves a
permanent constructive and
through constant positive influence of his
conscious thought (e.g. by using
) and consequently achieves a higher satisfaction and
quality of life. While early contributors in the positive thinking
movement had built on theoretical justifications (like Phineas Parkhurst
Quimby, Ralph Waldo Trine, Prentice Mulford), the The Power of Positive
Thinking made more use of positive case histories and practical
17 Verbal Habits of Highly
(motivational speakers) -
and Self Help mostly comes from
Reading a lot of self help books and going to a bunch of seminars and
listening to a lot of
will only take you so far. You might pick up
some good advice along the way and pick up a few pointers, but you will
never have all the pieces. You have to seek and consume valuable knowledge
and information on a regular basis, especially knowledge and information
that gives you a better understanding of yourself and a better
understanding of the world around you. When you're young you always
believe that you have learned enough, but as years go by, you will realize
that you didn't know shit. So
don't ever assume
you know enough, because you never will. All you can do is keep learning
and know more than yesterday. Eventually you will know a lot, but more
importantly, you will know how much you don't know, which should always
give you an endless supply of goals
and milestones to reach for. Doing all the right things doesn't always
produce all the right things. So
and don't get
or get discourage by
You are on an amazing journey, enjoy it while you can.
is good, but you also
have to work smart
Censorship - Book Burning
defines a challenge to
as an attempt by a person
or group of people to have literature restricted or removed from a public
school curriculum. Merely objecting to material is not a challenge without
the attempt to remove or restrict access to those materials.
is the ritual destruction by fire of books or other
written materials, usually carried out in a public context. The burning of
books represents an element of censorship and usually proceeds from a
cultural, religious, or political opposition to the materials in question.
In some cases, the destroyed works are irreplaceable and their burning
constitutes a severe loss to cultural heritage. Examples include the
burning of books and burying of scholars under China's Qin Dynasty
(213–210 BCE), the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad (1258), the
destruction of Aztec codices by Itzcoatl (1430s), the burning of Maya
codices on the order of bishop Diego de Landa (1562), and Burning of
Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka (1981). In other cases, such as the
Nazi book burnings, copies of the destroyed books survive, but the
instance of book burning becomes emblematic of a harsh and oppressive
regime which is seeking to censor or silence some aspect of prevailing
culture. Book burning can be an act of contempt for the book's contents or
author, and the act is intended to draw wider public attention to this
opinion. Art destruction is related to book burning, both because it might
have similar cultural, religious, or political connotations, and because
in various historical cases, books and artworks were destroyed at the same
time. In modern times, other forms of media, such as phonograph records,
video tapes, and CDs have also been burned, shredded, or crushed. When the
burning is widespread and systematic, destruction of books and media can
become a significant component of cultural genocide.
are acts and measures undertaken to destroy nations'
or ethnic groups' culture through spiritual, national, and cultural
published in 1953 about a future American society
where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Fahrenheit
451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns. The
lead character, Guy Montag, is a fireman who becomes disillusioned with
his role of censoring literature and destroying knowledge, eventually
quitting his job and committing himself to the preservation of literary
and cultural writings.
Frequently Challenged Books
List of most commonly challenged books in the United States
List of books Banned by Governments
brings disappeared books back to life so that
readers may finally learn what those in power did not want anyone to know.
"With books, as with companions, it is of more consequence to know
which to avoid, than which to choose; for good books are as scarce as good
Charles Caleb Colton
"That author, however, who
has thought more than he has read, read more than he has written, and
written more than he published, if he does not command success, has at
least deserved it."
Charles Caleb Colton
"Many books require no
thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made
no such demand upon those who wrote them."
Charles Caleb Colton
Brave New World
novel by British author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and
published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens
are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social
hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in
reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and
classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which
is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist. Huxley
followed this book with a reassessment in essay form, Brave New World
Revisited (1958), and with his final novel, Island (1962), the utopian
counterpart. The novel is often compared to
(1949). In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave
New World at number 5 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels
of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum, writing for The Observer,
included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in "the top 100
greatest novels of all time", and the novel was listed at number 87 on The
Big Read survey by the BBC.
The Catcher in the Rye
is a novel by J. D. Salinger, partially
published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. It was
originally intended for adults, but is often read by adolescents for its
themes of angst and alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in
society. It has been translated widely. Around one million copies are sold
each year, with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's
protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The
novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging,
loss, connection, sex, and depression. The novel was included on Time
Magazine's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since
1923, and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100
best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed
at number 15 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. The title of The Catcher in
the Rye is a reference to "Comin'
Thro the Rye
," a Robert Burns poem and a symbol for the main
character's longing to preserve the innocence of childhood.
are a set of annual U.S. literary awards. At the final National
Book Awards Ceremony every November, the National Book Foundation presents
the National Book Awards and two lifetime achievement awards to authors.
National Book Award for Fiction
, winners and finalists.
National Book Award for Nonfiction
, winners and finalists.
National Book Award for Poetry
, winners and finalists.
National Book Award for Translated Literature
, winners and finalists.
National Book Award for Young People's Literature
, winners and
is a contestant who
reaches the final stages of a competition.
is an award presented in recognition of a particularly lauded literary
piece or body of work. It is normally presented to an author. There are
awards for several forms of writing such as poetry and novels. Many awards
are also dedicated to a certain genre of fiction or non-fiction writing
(such as science fiction or politics).
Library of Congress Living Legend
is someone recognized by the
Library of Congress
creative contributions to American life. Those honored include artists,
writers, activists, film makers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures,
and public servants. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden retired the
program in 2018. Libraries
National Book Award for Young People's Literature
is one of five annual National Book Awards, which are given by the
National Book Foundation (NBF) to recognize outstanding literary work by
US citizens. They are awards "by writers to writers". The panelists are
five "writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or
field". The category Young People's Literature was established in 1996.
From 1969 to 1983, prior to the Foundation, there were some "Children's"
categories. The award recognizes one book written by a US citizen and
published in the US from December 1 to November 30. The National Book
Foundation accepts nominations from publishers until June 15, requires
mailing nominated books to the panelists by August 1, and announces five
finalists in October. The winner is announced on the day of the final
ceremony in November. The award is $10,000 and a bronze sculpture; other
finalists get $1000, a medal, and a citation written by the panel. There
were 230 books nominated for the 2010 award.
National Book Foundation
is an American nonprofit organization established "to raise the cultural
appreciation of great writing in America". Established 1989 by National
Book Awards, Inc., the foundation is the administrator and sponsor of the
National Book Awards, a changing set of literary awards inaugurated 1936
and continuous from 1950. It also organizes and sponsors public and
educational programs. The National Book Foundation's Board of Directors
comprises representatives of American literary institutions and the book
industry. For example, in 2009 the Board included the President of the New
York Public Library, the Chief Merchandising Officer of Barnes & Noble,
the President/Publisher of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., and others. In 2016, Lisa
Lucas became the Foundation's third Executive Director. The National Book
Foundation's stated mission is "to celebrate the best literature in
America, expand its audience, and to ensure that books have a prominent
place in American culture."
American Booksellers Association
is a non-profit trade association founded in 1900 that promotes
independent bookstores in the United States. ABA's core members are key
participants in their communities' local economy and culture, and to
assist them ABA creates relevant programs; provides education,
information, business products, and services; and engages in public policy
and industry advocacy. The Association actively supports and defends free
speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans through the
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. A volunteer board of
10 booksellers governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in White
Plains, New York.
Every School Textbook should be challenged if it's inaccurate,
irrelevant or not updated to the current level of knowledge and
9.8 Million Students from
31,327 US Schools Read over 334 Million Books
, during the
2014–2015 school year.
Student Reading Lists should include High Quality books that
Provoke Debate and transmit valuable Knowledge.
Frequently assigned College Books
Why are school
so dangerous? The
be one of the most valuable and the most important textbook in
the world that
fits in your pocket
When Reading a Book, how much reading do you need to do each day
in order to
what you're reading?
Comprehension and Reading Skills
List of Public Policy Topics by Country
Learn to Read
Teaching and Learning Methods
Inspirational Books - Books about Leadership
Graduation Moments: Wisdom and Inspiration from the
Best Commencement Speakers Ever (Hardcover) – March,
Great Quotes from Great Leaders (Great Quotes
Series) Paperback – March, 1997
The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches (Paperback) –
February 1, 1997
The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999)
Edition (Paperback) – September 21, 1999
The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics) Mass Market
(Paperback) – April 1, 2003
The Power Of Leadership (Power Series) Hardcover –
January 20, 2001
The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings
Learning and Schooling to Life (Hardcover) – March 10,
Words of Wisdom (Paperback) – April 15, 1990
Great Thinkers of the Western World: The Major Ideas
and Classic Works of More Than 100 Outstanding
Western Philosophers, Physical and Social
Scientists, Psychologists, Religious Writers and
Theologians (Hardcover)– September 23, 1992
The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time (Hardcover) –
November 7, 2002
A World of Ideas: A Dictionary of Important
Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers (Hardcover)
– November 2, 1999
The Saviours of Mankind (Paperback) – October 1, 2001
Leading for a Lifetime: How Defining Moments Shape
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (Paperback) – June 15,
Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters
(Paperback) – August 28, 2007
Five Minds for the Future (Paperback) – January 6,
The Logic of Knowledge Bases (Hardcover) – February
The Creative Epiphany: Gifted Minds, Grand
Realizations (Paperback) – October 9, 2008
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes
Everything (Paperback) – December 29, 2009
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Paperback)
– March 15, 2001
Ignite the Genius Within: Discover Your Full
Potential (Hardcover) – Bargain Price, March 19, 2009
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and
the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition (Paperback) –
Sept. 17, 2007
The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of
the World's Greatest Philosophers Mass Market
(Paperback) – Jan. 1, 1991
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (Paperback)
– September 17, 2002
Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
was first published in 1974,
is a work of philosophical non-fiction, the first of Robert M. Pirsig's
texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The book describes,
in first person, a 17-day journey on his motorcycle from Minnesota to
Northern California by the author (though he is not identified in the
book) and his son Chris. They are joined for the first nine days of the
trip by close friends John and Sylvia Sutherland, with whom they part ways
Montana. The trip is punctuated by numerous philosophical
discussions, referred to as Chautauquas by the author, on topics including
epistemology, ethical emotivism and the philosophy of science. Many of
these discussions are tied together by the story of the narrator's own
past self, who is referred to in the third person as Phaedrus (after
Plato's dialogue). Phaedrus, a teacher of creative and technical writing
at a small college, became engrossed in the question of what defines good
writing, and what in general defines good, or "Quality". His philosophical
investigations eventually drove him insane, and he was subjected
electroconvulsive therapy which permanently changed his personality.
Towards the end of the book, Phaedrus's personality begins to re-emerge
and the narrator is reconciled with his past.
The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's
Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom
(Hardcover) – Sept. 1, 1999
School Leadership That Works: From Research to
Results (Paperback) – September, 2005
Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the
Classroom (Paperback) – 1995
The First Days Of School: How To Be An Effective
Teacher (Paperback) – July, 2004
Strategies and Models for Teachers: Teaching Content
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- Leonard Cohen - Teachers
Because Shakespeare expresses ideas
and emotions that we still know today and
that are likewise
Shakespeare was historically significant. Because Shakespeare manages to
eloquently unite centuries of human evolution in a form that has its own
unique flair for the slightly archaic yet still resonant. Because, as a
figurehead for his time period, Shakespeare provides insight into the past
and a starting-point for inquiry into that past. Because Shakespeare helps
endow one with an eye for verbal and linguistic beauty that can enliven
writing long after the play is finished. And because if you read carefully
enough, the works of Shakespeare may still speak to you today.
"It does not matter if
Shakespeare was the original author,
what's in a name
How to Study Shakespeare
was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely
regarded as the greatest writer in the
and the world's
pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the
"Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of
long narrative poems
, and a few
, some of uncertain authorship. His
have been translated
into every major living language and are performed more often than those
of any other playwright. (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616).
starts to be used in
where Latin was the norm for years.
wrote the English translation of the Bible from Latin.
was invented.Shakespeare Quotes
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date".
To be, or not to be: that is the question
". - (Act III,
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both
itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of
(Act I, Scene III).
"This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Act I, Scene
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.". - (Act
II, Scene II).
"That it should come to this!". - (Act I, Scene II).
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it
so". - (Act II, Scene II).
"What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how
infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and
admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how
like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!
". - (Act II, Scene II).
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks". - (Act III,
"In my mind's eye". - (Act I, Scene II).
"A little more than kin, and less than kind". - (Act I,
"The play 's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of
the king". - (Act II, Scene II).
"And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not
then be false to any man". - (Act I, Scene III).
"This is the
very ecstasy of love". - (Act II, Scene I).
"Brevity is the soul of wit". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but
never doubt I love". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind". - (Act III,
"Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?" -
(Act III, Scene II).
"I will speak daggers to her, but use none". - (Act III,
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in
battalions". - (Act IV, Scene V).
As You Like It
"All the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely
players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one
man in his time plays many parts" - (Act II, Scene VII).
"Can one desire too much of a good thing?". - (Act IV, Scene
"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it"
- (Act II, Scene IV).
"How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through
another man's eyes!" - (Act V, Scene II).
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as
man's ingratitude".(Act II, Scene VII).
"True is it that we have seen better days". - (Act II, Scene
"For ever and a day". - (Act IV, Scene I).
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows
himself to be a fool". - (Act V, Scene I).
King Richard III
"Now is the winter of our discontent". - (Act I, Scene I).
"A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!". - (Act V, Scene
"Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first
to keep the strong in awe". - (Act V, Scene III).
"So wise so young, they say, do never live long". - (Act
III, Scene I).
"Off with his head!" - (Act III, Scene IV).
"An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told". - (Act IV,
"The king's name is a tower of strength". - (Act V, Scene
"The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where
eagles dare not perch". - (Act I, Scene III).
Romeo and Juliet
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?". - (Act II,
"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun" . - (Act II, Scene
"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that
I shall say good night till it be morrow." - (Act II, Scene
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast". - (Act II,
"Tempt not a desperate man". - (Act V, Scene III).
"For you and I are past our dancing days" . - (Act I, Scene
"O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright". - (Act I,
"It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich
jewel in an Ethiope's ear" . - (Act I, Scene V).
"See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a
glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!". -
(Act II, Scene II).
"Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty". - (Act IV, Scene
The Merchant of Venice
"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see".
"If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we
not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong
us, shall we not revenge?". - (Act III, Scene I).
"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose". - (Act I,
"I like not fair terms and a villain's mind". - (Act I,
The Merry Wives of Windsor
"Why, then the world 's mine oyster" - (Act II, Scene II).
"This is the short and the long of it". - (Act II, Scene
"I cannot tell what the dickens his name is". - (Act III,
"As good luck would have it". - (Act III, Scene V).
Measure for Measure
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft
might win, by fearing to attempt". - (Act I, Scene IV).
"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall". - (Act II,
"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope". - (Act
III, Scene I).
King Henry IV, Part I
"He will give the devil his due". - (Act I, Scene II).
"The better part of valour is discretion". - (Act V, Scene
King Henry IV, Part II
"He hath eaten me out of house and home". - (Act II, Scene
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown". - (Act III, Scene
"A man can die but once". - (Act III, Scene II).
"I do now remember the poor creature, small beer". - (Act
II, Scene II).
"We have heard the chimes at midnight". - (Act III, Scene
King Henry IV, Part III
"The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on". - (Act II,
"Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth
fear each bush an officer". - (Act V, Scene VI).
King Henry the Sixth, Part I
"Delays have dangerous ends". - (Act III, Scene II).
"Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed". - (Act V,
King Henry the Sixth, Part II
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". - (Act
IV, Scene II).
"Small things make base men proud". - (Act IV, Scene I).
"True nobility is exempt from fear". - (Act IV, Scene I).
King Henry the Sixth, Part III
"Having nothing, nothing can he lose".- (Act III, Scene
Taming of the Shrew
"I 'll not budge an inch". - (Induction, Scene I).
Timon of Athens
"We have seen better days". - (Act IV, Scene II).
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to
bury Caesar, not to praise him". - (Act III, Scene II).
"But, for my own part, it was Greek to me". - (Act I, Scene
"A dish fit for the gods". - (Act II, Scene I).
"Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war". - (Act III,
"Et tu, Brute!" - (Act III, Scene I).
"Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault,
dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we
are underlings". - (Act I, Scene II).
"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more".
- (Act III, Scene II).
"Beware the ides of March". - (Act I, Scene II).
"This was the noblest Roman of them all". - (Act V, Scene
"When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition
should be made of sterner stuff". - (Act III, Scene II).
"Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too
much: such men are dangerous". (Act I, Scene II).
"For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all
honourable men". - (Act III, Scene II).
"As he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I
slew him" . - (Act III, Scene II).
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant
never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me
most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will
come". - (Act II, Scene II).
"There 's daggers in men's smiles". - (Act II, Scene III).
"what 's done is done".- (Act III, Scene II).
"I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is
none". - (Act I, Scene VII).
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair". - (Act I, Scene I).
"I bear a charmed life". - (Act V, Scene VIII).
"Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of
human kindness." - (Act I, Scene V).
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from
my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas
incarnadine, making the green one red" - (Act II, Scene II).
"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron
bubble." - (Act IV, Scene I).
"Out, damned spot! out, I say!" - (Act V, Scene I)..
"All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
hand." - (Act V, Scene I).
"When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in
rain? When the hurlyburly 's done,
When the battle 's lost and won". - (Act I, Scene I).
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me". -
(Act I, Scene III).
"Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it; he died
as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the
dearest thing he owed, as 't were a careless trifle". - (Act
I, Scene IV).
"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under
't." - (Act I, Scene V).
"I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only
vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the
other." - (Act I, Scene VII).
"Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward
my hand?" - (Act II, Scene I).
"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor
player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and
then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full
of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - (Act V, Scene V).
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a
thankless child!" - (Act I, Scene IV).
"I am a man more sinned against than sinning". - (Act III,
"My love's more richer than my tongue". - (Act I, Scene I).
"Nothing will come of nothing." - (Act I, Scene I).
"Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest,
lend less than thou owest". - (Act I, Scene IV).
"The worst is not, So long as we can say, 'This is the
worst.' " . - (Act IV, Scene I).
"‘T’is neither here nor there." - (Act IV, Scene III).
"I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at". -
(Act I, Scene I).
"To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way
to draw new mischief on". - (Act I, Scene III).
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief". -
(Act I, Scene III).
Antony and Cleopatra
"My salad days, when I was green in judgment." - (Act I,
"The game is up." - (Act III, Scene III).
"I have not slept one wink.". - (Act III, Scene III).
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some
achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them".
- (Act II, Scene V).
"Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better" . - (Act
III, Scene I).
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a
King Henry the Fifth
"Men of few words are the best men" . - (Act III, Scene II).
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"The course of true love never did run smooth". - (Act I,
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and
therefore is winged Cupid painted blind". - (Act I, Scene
Much Ado About Nothing
"Everyone can master a grief but he that has it". - (Act
III, Scene II).
"These words are razors to my wounded heart". - (Act I,
The Winter's Tale
"What 's gone and what 's past help should be past grief" .
- (Act III, Scene II).
"You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely". -
(Act I, Scene I).
Taming of the Shrew
"Out of the jaws of death". - (Act III, Scene IV).
"Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges". - (Act
V, Scene I).
"For the rain it raineth every day". - (Act V, Scene I).
Troilus and Cressida
"The common curse of mankind, - folly and ignorance". - (Act
II, Scene III)
"Nature teaches beasts to know their friends". - (Act II,
"Cowards die many times before their deaths, The
experience death only
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