Maria Popova

Maria Popova


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

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“All you have is what you are, and what you give.” Ursula K. Le Guin, who would've been 90 today, on suffering and getting to the other side of pain

On what would have been Ursula K. Le Guin's 90th birthday, her playful and profound letter-poem to the next generations about the power of books and why we read

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Bryologist and Native American storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer on the magic of moss and what it teaches us about attentiveness to life at all scales of existence

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@neilhimself  And as far as I know, this was her final original piece of published writing at the time the book came out. What a bittersweet honor.

Neruda on the childhood encounter that taught him what art does for our humanity – one of the loveliest things I've ever read

"Unselfing," what a lovely notion – Iris Murdoch on imperfection as an integral part of goodness and how the beauty of nature and art leavens our most unselfish impulses

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“A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own — that is, the written word.” 55 years ago today, Sartre became the first person to decline the Nobel Prize. His magnificent explanation of why

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“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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"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 

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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