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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.""
"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."