Former President of Harvard University Charles W. Eliot wrote in his introduction to the Harvard Classics, "In my opinion, a five-foot shelf would hold books enough to give a liberal education to any one who would read them with devotion, even if he could spare but fifteen minutes a day for reading." Here you are, you can easily listen to his entire 15-minutes a day study guide while commuting to and from work (most of us spend far more than 15 minutes a day commuting each day), doing mundane work in the office, washing dishes at home, or doing most of the things day in and day out. It is so easy, so entertaining, and so educational that they can be listened to again and again, until they permeate into our own thinking and into our characters. Perhaps, in one year's time, you will become someone you barely recognize, all for the better. Who knows?
-- Rich E Book
Introductory Note: Thomas Browne
Introductory note on Thomas Browne (Volume 3, Harvard Classics)
Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne
The religion of Thomas Browne - a liberal man in a most intolerant time - was not taken from either Rome or Geneva, but from his own reason. (Volume 3, Harvard Classics)
Browne visited by Evelyn of "Evelyn Diary," Oct. 17, 1671.
Introductory Note: Hippocrates
Introductory note on Hippocrates (Volume 38, Harvard Classics)
The Oath and Law of Hippocrates, by Hippocrates
Once physicians treated the sick with a mixture of medicine and charms. In those days medicine was regarded as a dark art like magic, and those practicing it formed guilds to protect themselves. (Volume 38, Harvard Classics)
Introductory Note: Amerigo Vespucci
Introductory note on Amerigo Vespucci (Volume 43, Harvard Classics)
Amerigo Vespucci’s Account of His First Voyage, by Amerigo Vespucci
They are a people smooth and clean of body because of continually washing themselves --- they eat all their enemies whom they kill or capture." Amerigo Vespucci thus writes of the New World inhabitants. (Volume 43, Harvard Classics)
Amerigo Vespucci returns from first American voyage, Oct. 15, 1498.