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The Rebel by Albert Camus
Christianity killed Christianity.
The problem with optimism
Understanding as nihilism.
Nihilism leads to terrorism.
Marx's ambition to change his society.
The problem with socialism and Marx.
The Myth of Sispyhus by Albert Camus
Suicide is the first philosophical question.
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
A coquette instills love with wait.
Oneguine wanting what he has not.
The Immoralist by André Gide
Create in likeness of yourself.
We must remember the past to overcome it.
Polite society fails to grasp its own hypocrisy.
Freedom without purpose is a mistake.
Not all people are created equal.
We make a person what we think of them.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
A scene on taking care of and teaching a horse.
If the Man in the Mirror by Anonymous
Don't cheat yourself.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Girls will hide their love with indifference and even rejection.
Time wasted for others is time well spent.
Meaning comes from responsibility towards other people or causes.
Unknown Source by Aristotle
Everything can't be true.
Pensées by Blaise Pascal
Ordinary people don't think what they don't want to think.
We should think.
Diversion prevents us from being alone and thinking.
The Memoirs of Casanova by Casanova
Youth brings with it its justifications.
Apply known concepts to new phenomena
Expressions of romantic love begin with curiosity.
oh yes by Charles Bukowski
There are worse things than being alone.
The Tale of the Rose by Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry
Everyone has their part to play.
Consuelo runs away.
The Myth of Monogamy by David P. Barash
Why less attractive males have to mate-guard more.
Explanation for why jealousy can make sex feel better.
EPCs delay commitment.
Nature looks for similarly opposites: not too different, not too similar.
Females trying to move up the genetic ladder over time.
Resistance to EPCs.
SH: women care more about physical looks, guys care more about mental.
Out of group matings.
EPCs predict divorce rather than EPCs causing divorce.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Sometime's its better not to know.
The Castle by Franz Kafka
Ambition fails to accomplish its ends.
Achieving goals are uncertain at best.
Bureaucracy is Sisyphus.
The Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
Don't let vanity follow you to your death.
Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche
Culture and state are antipodes.
Nietzsche contra Wagner by Friedrich Nietzsche
Amor fati means love of fate.
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche
Ideals seek to pull us away from reality.
Hypocrisy is the greatest evil.
These are the rules for attacking an opponent ideologically.
The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Truth is overrated.
Pushkin Speech by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Happiness cannot be obtained through the unhappiness of another.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
To love is difficult.
An interesting scene about immortality.
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The story of the corruption of the world.
The Meek One by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The complexities of love in youth.
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Sex does not predicate love.
The Odyssey by Homer
People who promise everything lie.
Les Mots by Jean-Paul Sartre
Description of a negative girl.
There is no such thing as a good father.
Not knowing jealousy.
The failure of words.
One has to decide against oppositions.
Why atheism requires more faith than Christianity.
Saintliness may be more an excuse to avoid real work.
A description of the problems of playacting.
The failure of writers.
Writing as playacting and the holy ghost.
The trappings of adult praise and identity.
The embodiment of negative maternal love.
We set up progress as an illusion.
Writing has no agency.
As children live and stop living.
When worldly possessions mean nothing.
How do we know if we're being sincere?
The problem of the illusion of being a child.
Playacting and not taking things seriously.
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The beginning of Faust's entrance into the world.
The devil speaks of medicine for the soul.
Before the meeting with Margaret.
How Faust wished to have stayed with Margaret.
Margaret was not saved.
Consider what you want and if it will change anything if you get it.
Alone we must go.
What is right? Who can say.
The Ideal Lovers' dance.
Faust recounts what he has learned.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman
Create shared meaning in relationships for fulfillment.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The end of desire is embodiment.
Society is trying to understand what it means to be human.
Realizing our essence allows us to be.
Teaching what appears evil or unknown as actually good.
All forms of good also require evil.
The hero must slay the status quo.
Rescind knowledge of good and evil.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The future is an illusion if it's not present.
Conflict is essential to living, most people avoid conflict.
Each decision is paramount because it accumulates.
History is the memories of the survivors.
Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy
To help should be intrinsic, not extrinsic.
What is Art? by Leo Tolstoy
To understand art's purpose, forget about its beauty.
A list of things art is not.
Art is a means of bonding people together for the sake of solidarity.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Change is always faced with resistance.
Small decisions make all the difference.
Reason follows feeling.
Flow dynamically to work well.
Forgiveness is joy.
Forgiveness saves everyone.
Rules cannot encapsulate all of life which is dynamic.
Honesty is the essence of dialogue.
Consider what love is.
Felt truths are stronger than learned truths.
The existentialist answer.
One person's right does not make for another's.
You have no choice but to be yourself.
Religion brings peace through justifiable excuses.
Shame motivates withholding.
Occupation has intensity.
Societal women are more practical than men.
An example of a humane person.
True inspiration takes time.
Hymn to Life by Lou Andreas-Salomé
Life still exists in pain.
Dialogue of the Saviour by New Testament apocrypha
Jesus claims understanding over faith!
Unrighteousness rooted out within becomes righteousness without.
Light requires dark, therefore all opposites require each other.
Women are "evil" and that is a primary good.
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
Greatness stands alone.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Consequence does not predicate remembrance.
Appearance of virtue provides power, not actual virtue.
Commit evil quickly so as to not let it linger in memory.
Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy by Ninon de l'Enclos
Discretion is sometimes the better part of valor.
Women are overcome by persistence irrespective of their consciousness.
Women dream of eternal love, so be consistent.
Silence shows love more greatly than declarations.
Women allow themselves to be loved.
Boldness in men is a desired felt anxiety for women.
Varieties of resistance are essential.
Small favors lead to more given modesty.
Sentiment seeks to conceal sex and both sexes are deceived.
Women are given love as their sole object and so must reconcile it.
Preface to Anarcho-Syndicalism by Noam Chomsky
Salvation is personal effort.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The different types of silence.
What You'll Wish You'd Known by Paul Graham
Relief is the greatest joy.
Phaedrus by Plato
Madness is good.
To live means to be in motion.
Being in love is of becoming like the other.
Memorization is important to wisdom.
The dynamic between lover and beloved.
The Apology of Socrates by Plato
The opposite of life is not death, but depravity
Focus on good above all.
Seek to understand then help.
What disturbs our rest may be of great benefit.
Socrates confronting death for his philosophy.
Socrates explains death cannot be known to be good or evil.
Symposium by Plato
Love ennobles and inspires the individual to righteousness
An example of reconciliation.
A description of what love is.
All beauty is of the same form.
Love is the mean between two antipodes.
Clean Code by Robert Martin
The student must still practice.
Does Organization Matter? by Robert Martin
Organization does not scale effortlessly.
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
The conditions of a good story
Lila: An Inquiry into Morals by Robert Pirsig
New morals always seem evil.
Evolution does not imply purposelessness.
Contrived happiness is not real.
Insanity is a difference in valuation from norms.
Intelligence euphemizes sex to romance out of fear.
Psychiatry enforces the status quo.
Good theories encapsulate.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
There is no right way, only better.
Binaries can always be refuted.
Pure rationality leads to chaos.
Concepts root us in reality.
Repetition prevents originality; we are afraid to be original.
Motivation stems from doubt.
Judge your own work.
Grades remove intrinsic incentive.
Reconsider old values in the face of new circumstances.
Understanding requires repeated formulations.
Words do not encapsulate all experiences.
History is made by the winners.
Anarcho-Syndicalism by Rudolf Rocker
Government's function is always control.
Nobel Laureate Speech by Saul Bellow
We are more than definitions.
Art reveals truth in existence.
Humans long for what is eternal and at core of their existence.
When Things of the Spirit Come First by Simone de Beauvoir
Description of the idealistic sensualist and her primary delusion.
Quantity of love does not make for quality.
Christian hypocrisy: no one was saved.
An argument for nihilism.
All Men Are Mortal by Simone de Beauvoir
A scene about the meaninglessness of life.
Another objectless freedom motif.
Not content with peace, worries and suffering compel us.
On loving real me versus fake men.
A scene about committing necessary evils (but this reason is evil itself).
Fascism vs Parallelism
Nihilism back into humanity.
To be human is to live, it's not to be happy.
Being human means to contend with doubt and uncertainty.
People would like to claim agency over their accomplishments.
Becoming a human again.
A conversation between life and death (Marianne and Fosca).
2nd scene with Marianne and Fosca
No time to waste. (Marianne and Fosca, scene 3)
We will never truly be able to penetrate through to reality.
A ruined love (Marianne and Fosca, scene 4).
Freedom to live and die.
All love flows from desire.
To want and achieve means to be capable of defeat and tears.
Les Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir
Results do not consider morals.
Consider past surface circumstances.
Hope is ill-founded, focus instead.
Life must be confronted, don't use love as an excuse.
Education means judging for yourself.
Love isn't everything.
Lewis and Anne's first night.
Lewis, danger, and spontaneity.
Philosopher's niceness of love breeds mistrust.
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Children are a responsibility, not a reprieve.
Negation never creates positive change.
Avoidance of reality manifests as distancing.
Subjective success expresses itself as narcissism.
Males find transcendence through differentiation of sex.
Property leads to oppression without equal economic rights.
Wedding nights can cause a lesser of two evil dilemma.
Inferiority masks itself as oppression.
Reality itself is sufficient for our dreams.
The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy by Sofia Tolstoy
Genuineness is the only way to teach.
Sofia believes happiness depends on being loved.
Sofia's thoughts on understanding Tolstoy.
Sofia's apron strings!
Sofia's wishes at the end of Tolstoy's life.
Upbuilding Discourses by Søren Kierkegaard
Trust in your thoughts, be careful of comparisons.
The Concept of Anxiety by Søren Kierkegaard
Infinite freedom is anxiety.
Works of Love by Søren Kierkegaard
Love is the foundation.
Love yourself is equivalent to loving others correctly.
Good for another is dependent on the other.
Medicine Lodge Treaty Conference Speech by Ten Bears
To speak with candor looks like this.
The Bible by Various Sources
Helping the world does not guarantee recognition in your lifetime.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Go towards your fears to overcome them.
Loss of meaning is the end of trying to live.
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
A failure of power interplay.
A scene on Lolita's want.
A scene on Lo's disappointment.
Character sketch of Mrs. Humbert
A New Religion by Will Gu
Today I live for living's sake.
The why, what, and how of your life is unimportant.
The Dark Light by Will Gu
Don't be afraid of the dark.
The Will to Believe by William James
Be ridiculous, human, subjective, superfluous.