Harvard Classics – The Federalist Warned Us About This

“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”

Harvard Classics January 7 – The Thousand and One Nights Begin!

Today's reading was the beginning of The Thousand and One nights. This is a collection of ancient Arabic stories, and the introduction says that the exact origin is not exactly clear. This collection of stories gives us Aladdin and his Magic Lamp and Ali Bab and the 40 Thieves, so the stories have held a … Continue reading Harvard Classics January 7 – The Thousand and One Nights Begin!

Harvard Classics Jan. 2 – John Milton’s Poems And More Thoughts About This Set

On Day 2, Eliot recommends we read John Milton’s poems, “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity,” “A Paraphrase on Psalm CXIV,” and “Psalm CXXXVI.” It’s kind of a fitting set of readings for the Christmas season, especially if you are part of a tradition that does not end on Christmas day, though many of us … Continue reading Harvard Classics Jan. 2 – John Milton’s Poems And More Thoughts About This Set