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Thomas Aquinas, Whether Virtue is a Habit

Aristotle on Friendship, from the Nicomachean Ethics

Excerpt from Aristophanes, Clouds

Aristophanes speech on love in Plato's Symposium

Buddha's Parable of the Raft

Buddha's Parable of the Strawberry

Chandogya Upanishad

Kena Upanishad

Ralph Waldo Emerson, On Nature

Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Oversoul

Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Poet

The Chariot of the Soul image in Plato's Phaedrus

Excerpt from the Cloud of Unknowing

"At the High School" - excerpt from Gandhi's autobiography

"On Self-Restraint" - excerpt from Gandhi's autobiography

Gandhi on Shyness

Gandhi on education as spiritual training

Gandhi as schoolmaster

The Flood Narrative from the Epic of Gilgamesh

Harding, "On Having No Head"

Arion and the Dolphi - from Herodotus' Histories

Croesus and the Oracle - from Herodotus' Histories

The Discussion of Regimes - from Herodotus' Histories

The Nemesis of Croesus - from Herodotus' Histories

Solon and Croesus - Herodotus' Histories

C.S. Lewis, "The Empty Universe"

C.S. Lewis, "Equality"

Machiavelli, The Prince Ch. 15

Machiavelli, The Prince Ch. 16

Machiavelli, The Prince Ch. 17

Machiavelli, The Prince Ch. 18

Machiavelli, The Prince Ch. 25

J.Moussaieff Masson, Survival of the Fittest

J.Moussaieff Masson, Compassion across Species

J.Moussaieff Masson, Culture and the Concept of Beauty

J.Moussaieff Masson, Do animals wage war?

J.Moussaieff Masson, The Narrative Urge

J.Moussaieff Masson, Reveling in Freedom

J.Moussaieff Masson, Too Noble for Animals

J.Moussaieff Masson, Torture: The Cat and the Mouse

Nietzsche, Night Song

Nietzsche, On Love of the Neighbour

Nietzsche, On Poets

Excerpt from Plato's Apology

The Ring of Gyges, Plato's Republic

Shakespeare, Henry V, The St. Crispian's Day speech

Shakespeare, Henry V, The King's prayer to the God of Battles

Shakespeare, Richard II, excerpt of renunciation

Shakespeare, Richard II, The world as a prison

Shakespeare, Richard II, Comparative speeches

Shakespeare, Richard II, The gardening metaphor