Maria Popova – Nine Life-Learnings


For nine years now, the wonderful Maria Popova is sharing with us her Brain Pickings. I have received infiinite joy and wisdom from reading her pieces and sometimes digging further into the ‘wells’ she takes us to. Tis is truly life-changing for me. Thanks a lot, Maria.

Here are nine life-learnings that Maria is sharing with us after these years of intellectual and spiritual delight.


  • Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  • Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
  • Be generous.
  • Build pockets of stillness into your life.
  • When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  • Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  • “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”
  • Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
  • Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.


Read HERE what she means by these nine things. Enjoy!

Maria Popova – What Books Do for the Human Soul

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Brain Pickings is an amazing web site created by Maria Popova. It deals merely with books. Good books.

One of her latest posts is about the effect on (good) books on the human soul. She mentions four of these:

  1. It saves you time
  2. It makes you nicer
  3. It’s a cure for loneliness
  4. It prepares you for failure.

And here is a conclusion:

Literature deserves its prestige for one reason above all others — because it’s a tool to help us live and die with a little bit more wisdom, goodness, and sanity.

You may agree more or less with the first three, but you may wonder what’s with the fourth one. If you do, you have to read the article. You can find it HERE. Enjoy!