Maria Popova

Maria Popova


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

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The Pilot and the Little Prince – a lovely children's book about the true story behind what may be the loveliest children's* book of all time, published on this day in 1943 (*a work of philosophy, really)

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“Waiting isn’t a hurdle keeping us from intimacy and from living our lives to our fullest. Instead, waiting is essential to how we connect as humans through the messages we send.” The art of waiting:

“We must believe before we can doubt, and doubt before we can deny.” Auden, enchantment, and the most important principle of making art

Standing on the shoulders of solitude – Newton, the plague, and how quarantine fomented the greatest leap in science

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Standing on the shoulders of solitude—Newton, the plague, and how quarantine fomented the greatest leap in science

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Oh this is so lovely: @rosannecash  reads the poem "The Tavern" by Willa Cather An artist who went boldly against the norms of her time and place, and made a thoroughly countercultural decision to be an artist #NationalPoetryMonth 

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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 

“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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"(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.

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:

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Toni Morrison turns 88 today. When she became the first black woman to win a Nobel, she received it with this superb speech on the power of language:

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