Old School: Forget Clever Advice and Tap Into Ancient Wisdom Instead

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* These books offer ancient wisdom that is still applicable to our modern lives
* Discover the zen teachings of Confucius, and the ecstatic poetry of Rumi
* Get a new persepctive on your problems and life’s outlook

In the trying times of today, many of us search for the latest article or bestselling self-help book to get advice on how to navigate our complicated lives. But the wisdom in these books has been around for centuries, and is still as poignant today as it was when it was written.

The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs

Including an introduction to Egyptian and Hellenic cultures, this book explores how the ancient work of Hermes Trismegistus influenced Western thought. An interesting time capsule of an era long-gone, the book also explores how these works were rediscovered during the Renaissance era.

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The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning 

You cannot write a list about ancient wisdom without included the work of Confucius, a man whose work and principals has inspired generations. A collection of important texts, this book explores the power of seeking learning for the love of learning.

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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

With Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh as your guide, work your way toward mindfulness, a state of being fully awake and aware. Using thoughtful anecdotes, Hanh writes on how everything from dish washing to dog walking can be used as an opportunity to find inner peace.

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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

A Wall Street Journal bestseller, Ryan Holiday explores the ancient wisdom of the stoics, and how it’s influenced great minds from George Washington to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Packed with 366 days of Stoic exercises, Holiday explores how you can incorporate this timeless wisdom into your everyday life.

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Tao Te Ching

Lao-tzu’s Tao “Te Ching,” which translates into “Book of the Way,” offers timeless advice on how to live a life that is balanced and serene. Translated by Stephen Mitchell, this ancient wisdom teaches you how to be in accord with the Tao, the basic principal of the Universe.

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The Importance of Living

Lin Yutang explores classic Chinese philosophy, including gems such as the importance of humor in life, and basking in the simple task of existence. Less of an urgent call to action, this book tells you to enjoy the little things in life.

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The Best of Socrates: The Founding Philosophies of Ethics, Virtues & Life

The founder of modern Western philosophy, and teacher to Plato, Socrates’ dialogues with his students explore pressing ethical and moral issues and concepts. A brilliant and honest teacher, he ultimately gave up his life in a defiant stand against Athenian law, and his works- and life- are worth exploring.

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

On the Dalai Lama’s eightieth birthday, Archbishop Desmond Tutu travelled to his home in India and spent five days discussing life, philosophy and religion. This book is the result of that discussion, exploring the truth that despite of — or maybe because of — the horrific hardships they’ve both witnessed and endured, they’re still filled with joy.

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The Illuminated Rumi

In the mid-thirteenth century, the scholar Jelaluddin Rumi, met Shams of Tabriz, a wandering dervish, and a man whose friendship would influence Rumi’s work for years to come. That’s the inspiration for this beautiful, ecstatic book of poetry.

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