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Book Freak Issue #93: Highlights From My Favorite Books


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August 16 · Issue #93 · View online

Short pieces of advice from books

Hi Book Freak Readers,
For this issue, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and share a few highlights from four different books I’ve read. Some of the books are fiction, others are non-fiction. All of them are recommended.
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Blackmailing a major corporation
“After all, in this fleeting world where suddenly one day a wealthy dentist jumps in front of a train, or a brilliant scholar who graduated from Tohoku Imperial University dies in a nursing home with no one to bear witness, it was hardly a surprise for a former lathe operator who was about to turn seventy to now, out of the blue, come up with the idea of blackmailing a major corporation.” — Lady Joker, Volume 1 by Kaoru Takamura
The real mystery of life
“The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced.” — A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider
When a fanatic is contradicted
“It occurs to me that the man and his religion are one and the same thing. The unknown exists. Each man projects on the blankness the shape of his own particular world-view. He endows his creation with his personal volitions and attitudes. The religious man stating his case is in essence explaining himself. When a fanatic is contradicted he feels a threat to his own existence; he reacts violently.” — Tschai by Jack Vance
When you meet someone of a different culture
“It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realise what your own beliefs really are.” — The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
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