Maria Popova

Maria Popova


Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of "Figuring."

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“If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so… The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance.” Remembering Alan Watts, who died on this day in 1973

“There is no one way to anything.” Chinua Achebe, born on this day in 1930, on how storytelling helps us survive history's rough patches

How to be alone – an antidote to one of the central anxieties and greatest paradoxes of our time

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What the weird, wondrous, otherworldly animals of this precious planet can teach us about being better creatures ourselves—including a lesson in gender diversity from the fierce trans fish of the coral seas and one in equitable parenting from the seahorse

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“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.” Cold weather weighing your spirit down? Take a buoying winter walk with Thoreau:

“When one is considering the universe... it is important, sensible even, to try and find some balance between laughter and uncontrollable weeping.”

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"One person, … one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death." Elie Wiesel, now

Watch to the end. The most optimistic thing I’ve seen in ages. If this tiny friend can make it across the abyss, and with such uncomplicated grace, so can we. (Nail for snail scale.)

If the ancient Arab world had banned Western travelers from its borders, we’d have no mathematics, no astronomy, no medicine. #MuslimBan 

"(How frail the human heart must be — a throbbing pulse, a trembling thing — a fragile, shining instrument of crystal, which can either weep, or sing.)" Sylvia Plath would have been 87 today.

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.” On James Baldwin's birthday, his no-nonsense advice on writing:

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Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson were married on this day 1992. His lovely reflection on the secret to their mutually sustaining marriage and what his mom taught him about love:

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“Art like prayer is a hand outstretched in the darkness, seeking for some touch of grace which will transform it into a hand that bestows gifts.” Kafka, born on this day in 1883, on the power of music and the point of making art:

50 years ago today, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, thanks to the work of mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated its launch windows and who is celebrating her 101st birthday next month #Apollo50th 

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