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November 25, 2016

The 8 Most Useful Philosophy Books

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Sometimes, as humans we feel the need to alter our being aside from your standard “Self Help” books. We sometimes crave ancient teachings that somehow appear to relate directly to our seemingly pitiful and self-enthralled issues. These eight philosophical books will teach you how to change yourself through action and careful strategy. You can either use these teachings to help solve your own problems, to better yourself, or to even teach yourself how to manipulate and ruin others. Whatever floats your boat.

The 48 Laws of Power- Robert Green


“LAW 4 – Always Say Less Than Necessary”

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”

The Art of War- Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu Art of War

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

Meditations- Marcus Aurelius

Philosophy Lawn Gnome Publishing

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Letters From a Stoic- Seneca

Seneca Lawn Gnome Publishing

“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”

The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus- Publius Syrus

The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus Lawn Gnome Publishing

“He who violates another’s honor loses his own.”

Essays of Michel de Montaigne- Michel de Montaigne

Essays Mantogue

“I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.”

Nature and Selected Essays- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson Nature

“I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.”

The 4 Agreements- Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz

“If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.”

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