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    Default Authors that have made you think.

    Or changed the way you look at things

    Or shook you up

    or whatever.

    Benjamin Hoff
    Voltaire
    Dennis Bock
    Albert Camus
    Kurt Vonnegut
    George Bernard Shaw
    Leo Tolstoy
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Lao Tzu
    Chuang Tzu

    I'll add more later.
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night



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    Richard Dawkins



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    Paulo Coelho
    It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.



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    I have learned from him too (Dawkins)

    I like Dan Dennet as well.

    also want to add:

    Charlotte and Emily Bronte
    Thomas Hardy
    GK Chesterson
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night



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    Starting as a teenager with Camus, Sartre, Thomas Mann, Heinlein, Assimov and on and on, too many to count.



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    Noam Chomsky.



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    Thomas Jefferson
    Ernest Hemingway
    Margaret Atwood



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lieselotte View Post
    Noam Chomsky.
    Good linguist, not so good thinker, full of holes and self righteous.
    Not my flavor, so just my humble, very biased opinion.



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    There's lots of space, Bluey....

    Lots and lots of it.
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesy View Post
    There's lots of space, Bluey....

    Lots and lots of it.
    I have his books and yes, holes are space too, empty.

    Interesting, yes, seminal as he thinks, maybe not so much...



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    Mark Doty.



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    I have to chuckle.

    I have not read Chomsky,

    I was referring to

    Starting as a teenager with Camus, Sartre, Thomas Mann, Heinlein, Assimov and on and on, too many to count.
    My bad.
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night



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    Default All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others!

    George Orwell

    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Ignorance is Strength
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    But all the finest horsemen out—the men to Beat the Band—
    You’ll find amongst the crowd that ride their races in the Stand



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    Lois Lowry - loved
    Paulo Coelho - took a while to realize I loved
    Margaret Atwood - always thought-provoking
    George Orwell - loved 1984, hated Animal Farm (but useful!)
    John Wyndham - loved
    Rohinton Mistry - good writing, painful story, lots of thought-provoking
    Ayn Rand - didn't like the story much but it did make me see things differently

    C.S. Lewis - In the Chronicles of Narnia, the characters often did or said things I didn't expect, that were very thoughtful or thought-provoking. I always liked the part where he explains Lucy's behaviour and asks "don't they teach children logic any more?"

    Roald Dahl - never lost the magic of seeing the world through a child's eyes
    Blugal

    You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng



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    Tom Robbins

    Madeline L'engle-I read "A Wrinkle in Time" for the first time when I was in 5th or 6th grade. It still influences me to this day.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mswillie View Post
    Madeline L'engle-I read "A Wrinkle in Time" for the first time when I was in 5th or 6th grade. It still influences me to this day.
    Me, too
    Fear is the rocket sauce.
    Jack Black



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    Margaret Atwood
    Douglas Coupland

    And I third Madeleine L'Engle!



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    Jilly Cooper I love her books



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    Quote Originally Posted by Blugal View Post
    C.S. Lewis - In the Chronicles of Narnia, the characters often did or said things I didn't expect, that were very thoughtful or thought-provoking. I always liked the part where he explains Lucy's behaviour and asks "don't they teach children logic any more?"

    Roald Dahl - never lost the magic of seeing the world through a child's eyes
    ditto to both!

    and also ...

    Mitch Albom - Five people to meet in Heaven.

    P.



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    Matthew Fox
    Alan Watts
    Mary Daly
    Arthur Koestler
    Eric Hoffer
    Carl Zimmer
    Leonard Shlain
    Robin Morgan
    David Abrams
    Lewis Hyde



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