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Rights of Man

by Thomas Paine

Highly influential statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism helped pave the way for social security for workers, public employment for those in need of work, abolition of laws limiting wages, other...


Shakespeare: A Book of Quotations

by William Shakespeare

With over 500 offerings from the most quoted writer in the English language, this modestly priced volume provides a luxurious assortment of memorable and profound thoughts on love, marriage, truth, beauty, more....


The Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration

by John Locke

The first of these two highly influential documents refutes the concept of monarchy's divine right. The second argues for a broad acceptance of alternative religious convictions.


When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

by Norman R. Yetman

More than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the...


The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas A Kempis, Aloysius Croft & Harold Bolton

This religious classic has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Written in a candid and conversational style, the topics include liberation from worldly inclinations, preparation and...


The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues

by Plato

Among the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought: the dialogues entitled Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. Translations by distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett.


The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations

by Mark Twain

Includes hundreds of Twain's most memorable quips and comments on life, love, history, culture, travel, and diverse other topics, among them "He is now fast rising from affluence to poverty."


Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story

by Jill Soloway

From the creator and director of Transparent and Emmy nominated writer for Six Feet Under comes a hilarious and unforgettable memoir.

When Jill Soloway was just thirteen, she and her best friend donned the tightest...


The Souls of Black Folk

by W. E. B. Du Bois

This landmark in the literature of black protest eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics...


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the 2nd century. Recognizing that suffering...


Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations

by Oscar Wilde

Amusing, thought-provoking epigrams, aphorisms, and other jests from the plays, essays, and lively conversation of Oscar Wilde offer a feast of humorous and profound quips. Nearly 400 quotes.


The Republic

by Plato

Influential philosophical treatise of 4th century BC chiefly concerns the idea of justice, plus Platonic theories of ideas, criticism of poetry, philosopher's role. Source of the cave myth. Jowett translation....


On Liberty

by John Stuart Mill

Mill's eloquent 1859 treatise asks and answers provocative questions relating to the boundaries of social authority and individual sovereignty in a democratic society. Enduringly influential study.


The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations

by Abraham Lincoln & Bob Blaisdell

From the most eloquent of American presidents — nearly 400 astute observations on subjects ranging from women and warfare to slavery and storytelling.


Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack

by Benjamin Franklin

Hundreds of delightful aphorisms, carefully selected from many issues of Franklin's popular 18th-century publication: "He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas" and many others.


Wit and Wisdom of the American Presidents: A Book of Quotations

by Joslyn Pine

Over 400 memorable quotes: Coolidge's "The chief business of America is business," Carter's "Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread," Bush's "Read my lips: no new taxes," many...


Utopia

by Sir Thomas More

16th-century classic by English ecclesiastic and scholar envisioned a tolerant, patriarchal island kingdom free of private property, violence, bloodshed and vice. Forerunner of many later attempts.


Food and Drink: A Book of Quotations

by Susan L. Rattiner

Scores of humorous, frequently incisive remarks by famous writers, humorists, and celebrities, including W. K. Chesterton, W. C. Fields, Julia Child, Marilyn Monroe, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Morley, and many...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass

Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as a newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.