"It is stern work, it is perilous work, to thrust your hand in the sun and pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men."
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here
The ancient Stoics believed that all matter had within them the same fire. Yet even if the Stoics never had existed, fire would still be meaningful. When we talk of what is within ourselves, the metaphor we use is often of fire. Whether early or modern man, when we look at the sun, we wonder: if the fire in the sun is the same fire as the one that burns within our hearts.
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Letters from a Stoic - Lucius Annaeus Seneca:
The Valkyries - Paulo Coelho:
The Nature of the Gods - Marcus Tullius Cicero:
Fragments - Heraclitus:
Main Street and Other Poems, "The Proud Poet" - Joyce Kilmer:
New International Version, Exodus 3:
The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien:
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation - Michael Pollan:
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human - Richard W. Wrangham:
The Book of Ceremonies: A Native Way of Living and Honoring the Sacred - White Deer of Autumn (Gabriel Horn):