IL­LU­MI­NAT­ING WIS­DOM

Words of Wis­dom, Works of Art

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Deirdre Hassed, Craig Hassed, Ex­isle Pub­lish­ing, Hard­cover $24.99 (160pp), 978-1-925335-35-4

Take wis­dom where you can find it, and keep on look­ing—es­pe­cially in un­likely places. The first three or four sen­tences of this il­lus­trated com­pendium of more than eighty of wis­dom’s great­est hits points di­rectly at a re­li­gious co­nun­drum: “While most peo­ple are dis­posed to their [re­li­gious] faith with­out much in­ter­est in ques­tion­ing what has been taught, oth­ers are more dis­posed to re­flec­tion and in­quiry. There­fore spir­i­tual tra­di­tions very of­ten have two main arms: one be­ing for those dis­posed to faith—the re­li­gious—and another, more mys­ti­cal or philo­soph­i­cal arm for those drawn to re­flec­tion.” Con­se­quently, wis­dom of the ev­er­last­ing sort al­most al­ways draws deeply from both spir­i­tual and philo­soph­i­cal tra­di­tions, whether Western or Eastern. Ren­dered in beau­ti­ful, multi-styled cal­lig­ra­phy, the wise words are art­ful, the art in­sight­ful, in­spi­ra­tional, and ap­peal­ing to all.

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