25 de cărți pentru oameni cool

Cititul este cool, la modă și extrem de sexy, mai ales dacă avem în mână niște opere inteligente ale autorilor care au știut ce să scrie. Este una dintre activitățile cele mai relaxante, mai educative și extrem de apreciate. Ceea ce citim ne definește, ne transformă, contribuie la dezvoltarea și maturizarea noastră. Dacă știm ce să citim e foarte ușor să dobândim niște cunoștințe care ne vor fi de ajutor în viață. Și de ce să nu recunoaștem, așa vom atrage și niște priviri inteligente.

Mai jos sunt 25 de cărți „cool” pe care merită, trebuie, să le citiți dacă deja nu le-ați parcurs. Noi vi le recomandăm cu cea mai mare căldură.

1. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)- de fapt, toate titlurile lui Hemingway sunt cool

“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”

2. The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

4. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.”

5. Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)

“The best way ah knew tae strike a chord without compromising too much tae the sickening hypocrisy, perversely peddled as decency, which fills the room, is tae stick tae the clichés.”

6. Walden (Henry David Thoreau)

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

7. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West (Cormac McCarthy)

“They were watching, out there past men’s knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea.”

8. Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)

“There is no real direction here, neither lines of power nor cooperation. Decisions are never really made – at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around assholery. ”

9. Rabbit, Run (John Updike)

“The fullness ends when we give Nature her ransom, when we make children for her. Then she is through with us, and we become, first inside, and then outside, junk. Flower stalks.”

10. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)

“You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

11. All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)

“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.”

12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)

“The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.”

13. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

14. The Professional (W.C. Heinz)

“It is one of the wonders of the world, this body of a good fighter. Think of the things it must do when the mind orders it…. A month from now this man is going in there with that body against another man. There will be much written and read about this, and there will be many thousands of dollars involved. Throughout this country people will watch it in their homes and in bars, and after it is over they will read about it and, if it is a good fight, think about it and talk about it. All of this, I thought, depends upon this body.”

15. All the King’s Men (Robert Penn Warren)

“The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can’t know. He can’t know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can’t know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn’t got and which if he had it, would save him.”

16. Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)

“To say nothing of what you lose, lose, lose, are losing, man. You fool, you stupid fool … You’ve even been insulated from the responsibility of genuine suffering … Even the suffering you do endure is largely unnecessary. Actually spurious. It lacks the very basis you require of it for its tragic nature. You deceive yourself.”

17. Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby)

“Sometimes we have the absolute certainty there’s something inside us that’s so hideous and monstrous that if we ever search it out we won’t be able to stand looking at it. But it’s when we’re willing to come face to face with that demon that we face the angel.”

18. American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

“I had all the characteristics of a human being—flesh, blood, skin, hair—but my depersonalization was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning”

19. Bright Lights, Big City (Jay McInerney)

“Eventually you ascend the stairs to the street. You think of Plato’s pilgrims climbing out of the cave, from the shadow world of appearances toward things as they really are, and you wonder if it is possible to change in this life. Being with a philosopher makes you think.”

20. Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)

“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”

21. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

“Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.”

22. Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

“This forms the nub of a dilemma that every Everest climber eventually comes up against: in order to succeed you must be exceedingly driven, but if you’re too driven you’re likely to die.”

23. The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)

“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.”

24. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)

“It seemed funny that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”

25. Everything is illuminated(Jonathan Safran Foer)

“It’s true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don’t mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine.”

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Author: Katia

Iubesc poezia, ador culorile și îmi place să împletesc într-un mod melodios cuvintele. Sunt pasionată de istorie și literatură și fac tot ce îmi stă în putință să fiu cât mai aproape de ele. Citatul care mă reprezintă este: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."(A. Einstein)

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