The Meaning of Life: Insights of the World's Great Thinkers

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Rodopi, 1994 - Philosophy - 282 pages
The book aims to present the wisdom of sages, great thinkers, renowned writers, and philosophers, of many countries and time periods, in their own words, regarding life. The book also aims to place the numerous quotations from these sources in a structured organization, with introductory and explanatory comments and comparisons. Main Topics or Fields - See Organization or Principal Parts.

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Contents

Whence Came Life What Is Life and
3
What Is the Basic Nature of Plants
21
What Is It About Us That Is Uniquely
63
Who Am I and What Am I?
77
Is Will Defeated by Causality Fate
109
Are We Closer to Being Angels or Devils?
135
Is There Meaning in Our Lives? If
153
How Do We March from Childhood to
165
What Are the Basic Truths About Sex
189
What Are the Basic Truths About
219
How Should We Appraise Religious
231
Source References Index of Authors and Anonymous
279
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Page 48 - And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea ; into your hand are they delivered.
Page 228 - Earth has not anything to show more fair : Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers,, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
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