The ideas and meanings of some books are so timeless that they are worth reading from time to time. The most exciting thing is that there is always something new to discover or understand.
From around the world and from historical eras, here are some books you can (and should) read over and over again:
The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
The heart-warming story of the quirky little prince and his rose reminds us of simple truths that we forget as we age and worry, it reminds us of his inner child.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
“Today people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” This book masterfully plays with the ideas of beauty, virtue, corruption, addictions, vanity, and morality.
Dorian Gray’s story can remind us that sacrificing everything for superficial pursuits leads to a dark place and that true beauty cannot fade with old age.
Dhammapanda (Gil Fronsdal)
‘A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving, and courageous, then he is actually called wise.
‘A collection of sayings by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) that provide inspiration for everyday life and how to make the most of it.
The book is not religious and each dictation recorded in the collection was made on a different occasion in response to a unique situation that arose in the life of the Buddha and his followers.
On the Shortness of Life (Seneca)
“Life is long if you know how to use it.” The writings of the stoic philosopher Seneca offer a powerful insight into the art of living and the importance of reason and morality.
Seneca examines how people waste time instead of making their time on earth meaningful and rewarding …
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
‘The suffering was stronger than all the other teachings and it taught me to understand how your heart used to be. I’ve been bent and broken, but hopefully in better shape.
Great Expectations follows the story of a man or woman on their quest to maturity, which usually begins in childhood and ends in the eventual adulthood of the main character.
Great Expectations is the story of the orphan Pip, who writes his life from childhood to adulthood and tries to be a gentleman along the way.
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
Conflict is an unavoidable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything you need to deal with conflict intelligently is already present within us.
The Art of War remains perhaps the most prestigious and influential strategy book in the world.
The art of war applies to competition and conflict in general, at all levels, from the interpersonal to the international.