Readings

Each of these readings is under one beer long and worth at least a 6-pack of thought.

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America: In toto

The Constitution of May 3, 1791: In toto

Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776: Declaration of Rights

Antifederalist Papers No. 3 by “A Farmer”: In toto

Thanksgiving Declaration of 1777 by Samuel Adams in committee with Richard Henry Lee and Daniel Roberdeau: In toto

Prometheus Bound by Æschylus: Lines 435-567

Transcendental Wild Oats by Louisa May Alcott: Excerpt

Paradiso by Dante Alighieri:

Canto XXV

Canto XXXIII

Paper Pills by Sherwood Anderson: In toto

Proslogium by St. Anselm of Canterbury: Chapters II and III

The Frogs by Aristophanes: Lines 1010- 1105

The Wasps by Aristophanes: Lines 986-1121

Metaphysics by Aristotle: Book IV, 1005b-1006b

Physics by Aristotle: Book II, Part 3, Excerpt

Aristotle’s Problems: Excerpts

The Confessions of St. Augustine: Book 3, Paragraphs 1-4

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: Chapter 2, Excerpt

The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela: Chapter XIII

New Atlantis by Francis Bacon: Excerpt

Of Studies by Sir Francis Bacon: In toto

Of Truth by Sir Francis Bacon: In toto

The Law by Frédéric Bastiat: Excerpt

The Broken Window by Frédéric Bastiat: In toto

Stulta and Puera by Frédéric Bastiat: In toto

Get Drunk by Charles Baudelaire: In toto

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by The Venerable Bede: Preface

An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham: Chapter XVII, §1, VIII-XV

Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous by George Berkeley: Second Dialogue, Excerpt

The Bible

The Book of Genesis: Chapters 1 & 2

The Book of Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher: Chapter 3 

The Book of Job: Chapter 6

The Gospel According to St. MatthewThe Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (20:1-15) 

First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians: Chapter 13

The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius: Book I, Sections 2 & 3

In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659 by Anne Bradstreet: In toto

Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne: Sections VI & VII

Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Excerpt

Home-thoughts, from Abroad by Robert Browning: In toto

Beer by Charles Bukowski: In toto

A Letter to a Noble Lord by Edmund Burke: Excerpt

On the Sublime and Beautiful by Sir Edmond Burke: Part I, Chapter 1

Scotch Drink by Robert Burns: In toto

To a Mouse by Robert Burns: In toto (with audio)

The Twa Dogs by Robert Burns: In toto

War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler: Chapter 2

The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid translated by Oliver Byrne: Introduction, Excerpt

My Soul is Dark by George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron: In toto

Cordas v. Peerless Transp. Co. by Justice Frank Carlin: In toto

Characteristics by Thomas Carlyle: Paragraphs 1-4

Sir Walter Scott by Thomas Carlyle: Excerpt

The Recuyell of the Histories of Troy: Translator William Caxton’s Prologue to Book I and Epilogues to Books II and III

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini: Chapter XXXIII, Excerpt

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini: Chapter LXXVIII

Don Quixote, Part 1 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Chapter VI, Excerpt

Don Quixote, Part 1 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Chapter VIII, Paragraphs 1 and 2

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

General PrologueExcerpt

The Parson’s Tale: Excerpt

Regret by Kate Chopin: Excerpt

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin: In toto

The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov: Excerpt

Letter XXX to his Son from Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield: In toto

On Friendship by Marcus Tullius Cicero: Paragraphs 61-66

Second Inaugural Address: by Grover Cleveland: In toto

The Sayings of Confucius: VII

The Sayings of Confucius: XV

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Excerpt

The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper: Volume 2, Chapter III, Excerpt

On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolas Copernicus: Introduction

Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.: Chapter VIII

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin: Chapter II. Variation under Nature, Excerpt

The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin: Chapter XII, Excerpt

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey: The Pleasures of Opium, Excerpt

The Shoemaker’s Holiday by Thomas Dekker: Act I, Scene 1, Excerpt

Le Monde by René Descartes: Chapter 1, Excerpt

Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes: Preface to the Reader

The Brothers Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoesvky: Epilogue, Chapter Three, Excerpt

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass: Excerpt

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Part One, Chapter Two, Excerpt

The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle: Excerpt

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas: Chapter 1, Excerpt

The Ghosts by Lord Dunsany: In toto

Relativity by Albert Einstein: Section 1

The Editor’s Introduction to the Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot: Excerpt

The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Section II

English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Chapter I, Excerpt

Pyrrhonic Sketches by Sextus Empericus: Excerpt

The Handbook of Epictetus: Chapter 4

Hippolytus by Euripides: Excerpt

The Force of Gravitation by Michael Faraday: Paragraphs 7-10

The Reivers by William Faulkner: Excerpt

Shah Nameh by Ferdowsi: Excerpt

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Key Fitzgerald: Chapter 9, Excerpt

Sermon to the Birds by St. Francis of Assisi: In toto

Disapproving and Accepting the Constitution by Benjamin Franklin: In toto

His Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin: Excerpt

Wat Tyler’s Rebellion by Jean Froissart: Excerpt

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost: In toto

My November Guest by Robert Frost: In toto

Mohandas K. Gandhi to Leo Tolstoy: In toto

A Lover’s Lullaby by George Gascoigne: In toto

Geographical Evolution by Sir Archibald Geikie: Excerpt

Egmont by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Act IV, Scene I

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith: Act One, Lines 78-142

The Desecration of the Flag by Horatio Greenough: In toto

The Frog-King, or Iron Henry by the Bros. Grimm: In toto 

On the Law of War and Peace by Hugo Grotius: Excerpt

The Code of HammurabiExcerpts

On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals by William Harvey: Dedication, In toto

Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorn: Excerpt

Of Persons One Would Wish to Have Seen by William Hazlitt: In toto

Histories by Herodotus: Book I, Paragraphs 30 & 32

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes: Excerpt

The Iliad by Homer: Book XXIII, 653-749

The Odyssey by Homer

Book IV, lines 184 – 314

Book IX, Lines 1-38

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope: Excerpt

Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding by David Hume: Part I

The Spy by Svetozár Hurban-Vajanský: In toto

Treatise on Light by Christiaan Huygans: Preface

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: Excerpt

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving: Excerpt

The Jātaka Tales: The Birth of the Buddha, Excerpt

A Counterblaste to Tobacco by King James I of England: Excerpt

What is an Emotion? by William James: Excerpts

The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and The Continental Congress: Paragraph 2

Notes on Religion by Thomas Jefferson: Excerpt

Thoughts on Lotteries by Thomas Jefferson: Excerpt

Thomas Jefferson To Dr. Joseph Priestley: In toto

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome: Chapter 12, Excerpt

Hermit Hoar by Samuel Johnson: In toto

On Bacon by Ben Jonson: In toto

The Caesars by Emperor Julian I (The Apostate): Excerpt

In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka: Excerpt

First Sorrow by Franz Kafka: In toto

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Excerpt

Dreams of a Spirit-Seer by Immanuel Kant: Preface

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant: Excerpt

Optimism by Helen Keller: Excerpt 

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis: Book One, Sec. II and X

The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes: Excerpt

The Crowd is Untruth by Søren Kierkegaard: In toto

Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: In toto (audio)

Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling: In toto

If— by Rudyard Kipling: In toto

The Stranger by Rudyard Kipling: In toto

The Alexiad by Anna Komnene: Excerpts from Book I, Chapters X & XI

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius:

Democritus

ParmenidesMelissus, and Zeno of Elea

Epictetus and Seneca by Walter Savage Landor: In toto

Elements of Chemistry by Antoine Lavoisier: Chapter 3, Excerpt

The Errors of Santa Claus by Stephen Leacock: In toto

How to Live to be 200 by Stephen Leacock: In toto

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln: In toto

The Genius of Wine by Liu Ling: In toto

The History of Rome by Livy: Book I, Paragraphs 43-45

Excelsior by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: In toto 

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: In toto

To Althea, from Prison by Richard Lovelace: In toto

A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther: Section VI

Letter to Pope Leo X by Martin Luther: In toto

Letter to Jerome Weller by Martin Luther: In toto

The Art of War by Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli: Preface

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusion by Charles Mackay: Volume II: The Crusades, Excerpt

The Federalist No. 37 by James Madison: Excerpt

The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides: Part I, Chapter LXXIII

I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni: Chapter XXXI

Edward the Second by Christopher Marlowe: Act the Third, Scene II

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe: Scene VI

The Spirit of Russia: Studies in History, Literature and Philosophy
by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: Excerpt

Bartleby The Scrivener by Herman Melville: Excerpt

Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville: Chapter IV, Excerpt

The American Language by H. L. Mencken: Chapter 22: Expletives and Forbidden Words

Damn! A Book of Calumny by H. L. Mencken: Chapter XII: On Lying

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill: Chapter One, Excerpt

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill: Chapter One, Excerpt

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill: Chapter Four, Excerpt

Areopagitica by John Milton: Excerpt

At a Vacation Exercise in the College, Part Latin, Part English by John Milton: Excerpt

Samson Agonistes by John Milton: Lines 373-576

Human Action by Ludwig von Mises: Part One, Chapter IV, Sections 2 & 3

Liberty and Property by Ludwig von Mises: Section V

Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite by Molière: Act I, Scene VI

The Apology of Raymond Sebond by Michel de Montaigne: Excerpt

Of Cannibals by Michel de Montaigne: Excerpt

Of Moderation by Michel de Montaigne: Excerpt

Utopia by Thomas More: Chapter 1, Excerpt

Ave Verum Corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Audio

Volume 39 of the Harvard Classics by William Allan Neilson: Introductory Note

The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche: The Madman

Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche: The Traditional Error of Philosophers

Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche: The Appreciation of Simple Truths

The Madman by Friedrich Nietzsche: In toto

The Extent of the Universe by Simon Newcomb: Excerpt

Our Enemy the State by Albert Jay Nock: Excerpt

The Life of Charlemagne by Notker the Stammerer: Book I, 1-4

The Auld House by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne: In toto

Politics and the English Language by George Orwell: In toto

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell: Excerpt

Metamorphoses by Ovid: Book VIII, Lines 183-235, Daedalus and Icarus

Discourses on the Condition of the Great by Blaise Pascal: In toto

The Physiological Theory Of Fermentation by Louis Pasteur: Excerpt

Clancy Of The Overflow by Banjo Paterson: In toto

The Corner-Man by Banjo Paterson: In toto

The Man from Snowy River by Banjo Paterson: In toto

A Key by William Penn: Sections XII, XIII, and Postscript

Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn: Part I, 41-46

Charmides by Plato: Excerpt

Crito by Plato: 44e – 48d

Gorgias by Plato: 493d-495b

Phaedrus by Plato, 274c – 275e

Parmenides by Plato: 126a-128e

The Republic by Plato: Book IV, 436(a) – 441(c)

Letter to Attius Clemens by Pliny the Younger: In toto

Letter to Calvisius by Pliny the Younger: In toto

Letter to Cornelius Tacitus by Pliny the Younger: In toto

The Life of Demosthenes by Plutarch: Excerpt

The Life of Cato the Younger by Plutarch: Excerpt

The Life of Pericles by Plutarch: Excerpt

Annabel Lee by Edgar A. Poe: In toto

Lines on Ale by Edgar Allan Poe: In toto

The Purloined Letter by Edgar A. Poe: Paragraphs 94-96

The Raven by Edgar A. Poe: In toto

The Histories by Polybius: Excerpt

Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope: Canto V

Law and Liberty by Roscoe Pound: Excerpt

The Fourth Book by François Rabelais: Chapter LIX

Gargantua by François Rabelais: The Author’s Prologue to the First Book, Excerpt

The Discovery of Guiana by Sir Walter Raleigh: Excerpt

Maximes and Moral Reflections by François de La Rochefoucauld: 50-62

The Song of Roland: Part II: The Prelude of the Great Battle, Roncesvalles, LXXXIII-XCV

Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti: In toto

Song by Christina Georgina Rossetti: In toto

The Mystery of Banking by Murray N. Rothbard: Chapter IV, Section 1, Excerpt

Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar by Jean Jacques Rousseau: Excerpt

Saga of the Greenlanders: Excerpt

What is a Classic? by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve: Excerpt

Hymn To Aphrodite by Sappho: In toto

William Tell by Friedrich Schiller: Act One, Scene One 

On Men of Learning by Arthur Schopenhauer, Excerpt

Letter LXIII to Lucilius from Seneca: In toto

Natural Questions by Seneca: XXX & XXXI

Hamlet by William Shakespeare: Act 1, Scene 1

Henry V by William Shakespeare: Act 5, Scene 2, Excerpt

Henry VI, Part 2 by William Shakespeare: Act 4, Scene 2, Excerpt

Richard II by William Shakespeare: Act III, Scene 2

Sonnet #12 by William Shakespeare: In toto

Sonnet #18 by William Shakespeare: In toto

Winter by William Shakespeare: In toto

The New Theology by George Bernard Shaw: Excerpt

Music by Percy Shelley: In toto

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley: In todo

Bibliotheca Historica by Diodorus Siculus: Book XI, Chapters 4-10

Bibliotheca Historica by Diodorus Siculus: Book XIV, Preface

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith: III.I.46

Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith: Book V, I. Of the Expences of the Sovereign or Commonwealth, PART I. Of the Expence of Defence

The Emigrants by Charlotte Smith: Book 1, Excerpt

Ozymandias by Horace Smith: In toto

Ajax by Sophocles: Lines 1-133

Antigone by Sophocles: Lines 1-99

Justice by Herbert Spencer: Excerpt

On the Improvement of the Understanding by Benedictus de Spinoza: 3:2-5;3, 7:1-3

Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson: Fellow-Passengers

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson: A Night Among The Pines

Truth of Intercourse by Robert Louis Stevenson: Excerpt

McGuire v. Commonwealth, 70 U.S. (3 Wall.) 387 (1866) in the Supreme Court of the United States: Excerpt

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: In toto

The Annals by Tacitus: Book 6, Paragraphs 33-35

Creative Unity by Rabindranath Tagore: Chapter One, Part I

Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: In toto

Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: In toto

Zmai Iovan Iovanovich – The Chief Servian Poet of To-Day by Nikola Tesla: In toto

The Thousand and One Nights: The Barber’s Tale of Himself

Kelo v. New London: Dissenting Opinion of Justice Clarence Thomas

Walden by Henry David Thoreau: Chapter 17, Excerpt

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides: Book VI, Chapters 8-15

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Part One, Chapter 3, Excerpt

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy: Chapter VI

On Patriotism by Leo Tolstoy: Excerpt

Leo Tolstoy to Mohandas K. Gandhi: In toto

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Book Seven, Chapter 6, Excerpt

The Improvement of Human Reason: Exhibited in the Life of Hai Ebn Yokdhan by Ibn Tufail: § 24 – § 29

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain: Chapter XII

How I Edited an Agricultural Paper by Mark Twain: In toto

Jim Smily and His Jumping Frog by Mark Twain: In toto

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer: In toto

The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen: Excerpt

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: Excerpts

Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne: Chapter 20, Excerpt

Eulogy of the Dog by George G. Vest: In toto

Aeneid by Virgil

Book IV, Lines 591-652

Book XII, Lines 565-658

The Life of Dr. Donne by Izaak Walton: Excerpt

The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells: Chapter 19, Excerpt

The New World Order by H.G. Wells: Chapter: 10 Declaration of the Rights of Men

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde:  Preface

An Essay Towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language by John Wilkins:

Part II, Chapter VII, Section III. Of MEASURE

Philosophical Inquiries by Ludwig Wittgenstein: §40-47

The Man Upstairs by P.G. Wodehouse: Excerpt

The String Quartet by Virginia Woolf: In toto

The Journal of John Woolman: Excerpt

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth: In toto

Memorabilia by Xenophon: Book I, Chapter 2, Sections 39-50

A Model For The Laureate by William Butler Yeats: In toto

The Old Stone Cross by William Butler Yeats: In toto

When the Garden’s sweet with rose-bloom by Zeb-un-Nissa: In toto