Yearnamania: What the Heart Yearns For...

A Listmania! list by Marjorie Meyerle "Marjorie from Colorado" (Colorado)
The list author says: "Man yearns for self-fulfillment and wisdom. Great literature provides answers which the wise reader of fiction and nonfiction evaluates in his continuous search for meaning in life. The seeker is like Plato's inhabitant of the dark cave of ignorance, who once freed from his earthly bonds through the arduous application of thought and understanding, continues to make the herculean effort to transcend his earthly state and glimpse the truths that lie beyond most people's understanding. Good literature should ask the big questions, summoning our intellect as well as the still small voice that resides inside us and which desires self-expression. This is our miraculous potential, our essential goodness that longs for connection with the wisdom of the ages personified in art and our fellow man's deepest yearnings. That is ultimately what connects all of us: that capacity for accessing the divine in ourselves and each other."
Of Human Bondage (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
1.  Of Human Bondage (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) by W. Somerset Maugham
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  "Maugham instills in us how grand and ultimately tragic life is since it is filled with human suffering, yet man's devotion to his fellow man is rewarded by insight and the growing empathy necessary for a realized life."
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Bread of Shame
2.  Bread of Shame by Marjorie Meyerle
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  "The kind of love that fuels achievement, imagination, and satisfying relationships is one that needs to be cultivated.  People are born to love -- deeply and truly, they just don't know how. Enlightenment is learning how to love."
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Love & Will
3.  Love & Will by Rollo May
The list author says:
  "May points out how man is defined by the capacity to exert his will in powerful and deeply significant ways.  He can achieve consciousness only by extending himself through love."
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Love Against Hate
4.  Love Against Hate by Karl A. Menninger
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  "Menninger reminds us that although children grow up expressing hostility, they possess the capacity for love beyond aggression, and this mitigates all that is dark and evil in man's persona."
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The Portable Plato (Portable Library)
5.  The Portable Plato (Portable Library) by Benjamin Jowett
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  "Plato, arguably the most profound philosopher of all time, argues that idealism is the foundation of enlightenment.  His ideas underlie most major religions of the world."
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The Portable Nietzsche
6.  The Portable Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche
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  "Nietzsche, reminds us man's will can be misused and destructive, yet it can allow man to achieve his highest goals, if he looks beyond the petty and hones it to higher purposes of wisdom and artistic achievement."
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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
7.  The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
The list author says:
  "Green suggests that underlying the miraculously functioning universe is a system so complex that only a magnificent power could have accomplished it."
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The Portable Jung (Portable Library)
8.  The Portable Jung (Portable Library) by Carl Gustav Jung
The list author says:
  "Jung did it all: anthropology, psychiatry, philosophy, psychology, history, literature.  An immensely gifted human being, he saw from an early age the connections of cultures, ethnicites, art and literature."
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Bollingen Series XVII)
9.  The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Bollingen Series XVII) by Joseph Campbell
The list author says:
  "A student of Carl Jung, Campbell traces the journey of the hero through the various mythologies of the world and through literature in an attempt to illustrate how universal is the experience of the hero in his struggle to be transformed."
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The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
10.  The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M.D. M. Scott Peck
The list author says:
  "Peck reminds us how important love, traditional values and spiritual growth are through a simple explanation of the effects of religion on the soul.  A psychiatrist, he reveals how the unexamined life is not worth living."
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People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
11.  People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil by M. Scott Peck
The list author says:
  "Peck shows us how to identify evil when it is manifested by humans and how to eschew it or lessen its effects on our own psychic development. Peck suggests how we navigate our spiritual journeys to avoid its toxic effects."
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Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions)
12.  Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions) by Herman Melville
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  "Through Ahab's nihilistic search for the White Whale, Melville illustrates how one's misguided efforts to annihilate evil can actually backfire and destroy his own soul."
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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Oxford Paperbacks)
13.  The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Oxford Paperbacks) by William Blake
The list author says:
  "Blake reminds us that life is full of contrasts, and that the darkness and the light are both part of man's spiritual quest.  Learning to resolve the two aspects of life on earth is man's duty."
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The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics)
14.  The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics) by Henry James
The list author says:
  "Isabelle Archer makes the fatal mistake of thinking the man who woos and marries her is what he seems; mistaken, she grows beyond her foolishness and sees in Ralph the soul support she sacrificed in the name of "love."  Her foolishness makes her a woman rather than a mere "lady.""
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The Art of Loving (Complete and Unabridged)
15.  The Art of Loving (Complete and Unabridged) by Erich Fromm
The list author says:
  "Brilliant in concept, this work reminds us that depth of vision is required to love.  Most people cannot separate the act of loving from the desire to be loved; thus they confuse it with "success" and egoistic yearnings.  Loving is an art and man's ultimate desire."
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Marjorie Meyerle "Marjorie from Colorado" (Colorado)
Qualifications: Advanced Placement English Teacher, Author of "Bread of Shame"
Last updated: 7/24/10
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