Holocaust Survivor P...

By Maria Popova “A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful.” “If during the next million generations there is but one human being born in every generation who will not cease...

Meryl Streep Sings H...

By Maria Popova A moment of sweetness nestled between the mighty ages of eternity. Since its founding in 1934 by a visionary 23-year-old woman named Marie Bullock, The Academy of American Poets has been the country’s most spirited champion of poetry as a force of beauty, truth, and...

The Founding Father ...

By Maria Popova “Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!” “The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth… Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics,” trailblazing scientist and writer Rachel Carson presciently...

Gwendolyn Brooks on ...

By Maria Popova “Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can.” In 1950, a year after she made her debut, poet Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917–December 2, 2000) became the first black writer to with the Pulitzer Prize. She was only thirty-three. Exactly forty...

Mathematician Marcus...

By Maria Popova “What we cannot know creates the space for myth, for stories, for imagination, as much as for science… Stories are crucial in providing the material for what one day might be known. Without stories, we wouldn’t have any science at all.” In a recent MoMA talk about the...

Poetry as Protest an...

By Maria Popova “The facts were told not to speak / and were taken away. / The facts, surprised to be taken, were silent.” “The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife… Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a...

Kierkegaard on Time,...

By Maria Popova “The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time.” “All eternity is in the moment,” Mary Oliver wrote with an indebted eye to Blake and Whitman. “[Is] only the...