Readings

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

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

Paradiso by Dante Alighieri: Canto XXXIII

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

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

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

The Bible

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

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

Beer by Charles Bukowski: In toto

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)

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

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini: Excerpt

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

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 ConfuciusVII

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

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey: The Pleasures of Opium, 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 in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas: Chapter 1, Excerpt

The Ghosts by Lord Dunsany: In toto

Relativity by Albert Einstein: Section 1

English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Chapter I, Excerpt

The Handbook of Epictetus: Chapter 4

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

The Reivers by William Faulkner: 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

My November Guest by Robert Frost: In toto

The Desecration of the Flag by Horatio Greenough: In toto

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

Histories by Herodotus: Book I, Paragraphs 30 & 32

The Iliad by Homer: Book XXIII, 653-749

The Odyssey by Homer:  Chapter IX, Lines 1-38

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope: Excerpt

Treatise on Light by Christiaan Huygans: Preface

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: Excerpt

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving: 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 Priestly: In toto

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

On Bacon by Ben Jonson: In toto

In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka: Excerpt

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Excerpt

Dreams of a Spirit-Seer by Immanuel Kant: Preface

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

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

Epictetus and Seneca by Walter Savage Landor: In toto

Elements of Chemistry by Antoine Lavoisier: Chapter 3, Excerpt

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln: 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 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

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

Liberty and Property by Ludwig von Mises: Section V

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

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 Extent of the Universe by Simon Newcomb: Excerpt

Our Enemy the State by Albert Jay Nock: Excerpt

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

Clancy Of The Overflow by Banjo Paterson: In toto

The Corner-Man by Banjo Patterson: 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

Gorgias by Plato: 493d-495b

Phaedrus by Plato, 274c – 275e

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

Letter to Cornelius Tacitus by Pliny the Younger: In toto

The Life of Pericles by Plutarch: Excerpt

Annabel Lee by Edgar A. Poe: In toto

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

The Raven by Edgar A. Poe: In toto

Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope: Canto V

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

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

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

On Men of Learning by Arthur Schopenhauer, Excerpt

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 XIV, Preface

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

Ozymandias by Horace Smith: In toto

Ajax by Sophocles: Lines 1-133

Antigone by Sophocles: Lines 1-99

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aeneid by Virgil: Book IV, Lines 591-652

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

Philosophical Inquiries by Ludwig Wittgenstein: §40-47

The Man Upstairs by P.G. Wodehouse: 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