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(to say nothing of the movies)

The ancient world found an end to anarchy in the Roman Empire, but the Roman Empire was a brute fact, not an idea. The Catholic world sought an end to anarchy in the church, which was an idea, but was never adequately embodied in fact. Neither the ancient nor the medieval solution was satisfactory – the one because it could not be idealized, the other because it could not be actualized. The modern world, at present, seems to be moving towards a solution like that of antiquity: a social order imposed by force, representing the will of the powerful rather than the hopes of the common men. The problem of a durable and satisfactory social order can only be solved by combining the solidarity of the Roman Empire with the idealism of St. Augustine’s City of God. To achieve this a new philosophy will be needed

Bertrand RussellA History of Western Philosophy

470. The Harafish by Naguib Mahfouz
471. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum
472. The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum
473. Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
474. The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft
475. English Society in the Eighteenth Century by Roy Porter
476. The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum
477. Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
478. Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev
479. A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
480. Henry von Ofterdingen by Novalis
481. The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir
482. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

It isn’t often that Aunt Dahlia lets her angry passions rise, but when she does, strong men climb trees and pull them up after them.

P.G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

455. According To Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge
456. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope
457. La locandiera by Carlo Goldon
458. Pastoralia by George Saunders
459. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell
460. The Awkward Age by Henry James
461. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
462. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
463. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
464. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
465. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
466. The Marvellous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
467. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum 
468. Lust by Elfriede Jelinek
469. Criminal Manchester by Anonymous

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

—Samuel Johnson

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

—Samuel Johnson