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For the Love of Charity Shops: This Week’s 5 books

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“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I went in to Cancer Research to donate some clothes and left with these:

  1. TAO TE CHING

This book came up in an interview I was watching with Oprah and Dr Wayne Dyer. I became interested in it and began searching for it in the library, then found that my Mum already had a copy. This is just one translation; there are others including a Winnie the Pooh edition.

The Tao Te Ching is a classic Chinese text and Tao translates to mean literally “the way”. 

“It is a universal principle that underlies everything from the creation of galaxies to the interaction of human beings. The workings of Tao are vast and often beyond human logic.”

Basically, a whole lot of wisdom, some of which I might actually understand.

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2. FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Florence is the main character in “Glorious”, the play I am in next month. I was so tempted to leave this in the shop – knowing I won’t read it before the performances start- but I just wanted to have it, for reference, and as a sort of memento.

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3.ENTER THE DRAGON

I love reading autobiographies, and for some reason I’m always drawn to business people. It’s fascinating to get an insight into how they made their fortunes.

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4. CAMP DAVID

I’m not his biggest fan or anything but I do find him amusing and reading the first page made me chuckle.

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5. SIGMUND FREUD

” Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential – and controversial – minds of the 20th century.” – BBC.co.uk

I caught the end of a documentary on Freud a few months ago and remember thinking I’d like to read up a bit more about him, then found this:

 

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“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

– Freud

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