Read something written before Gutenberg. Every day.

I’ve been telling the members of Planet Perry for a LONG TIME: “Got a new problem? Read an old book.”

Ancient works, written pre-Gutenberg, had to be meticulously copied by hand.

No copy/paste.

No automated, mass-production processes.

Just hundreds of hours of scrutinous, pain-staking work.

Works like that only survived because they inspired the kind of dedication and care necessary for successful preservation.

Because they contain timeless truths.

Principles, not techniques.

Things that will be just as true in a thousand years as they were a thousand years ago.


Rather than just telling you to go find and read pre-Gutenberg literature, I’m going to take it a step further…

Here’s a list of pre-Gutenberg texts. Timeless classics that deserve a spot on your shelf and space in your brain, along with the link to buy each on Amazon.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but it’ll get you started.

The Confessions of St. Augustine
The Bible
The New Testament
The Old Testament
The Apocrypha of the Bible
The Book of Proverbs
The Republic by Plato
On the Brevity of Life by Seneca
Apology by Plato
The Histories of Herodotus
Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Tao Te Ching
Histories of Cornelius Tacitus
Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
Analects of Confucius
Lives of Plutarch
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The works of Aristotle
The works or Hippocrates
I Ching
The Enneads of Plotinus
Elements by Euclid
The Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius
Geography by Ptolemy
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Odes of Horace
The Kama Sutra
The Quran
Canon of Medicine by Avicenna
The Canterbury Tales Chaucer
The Bhagavad Gita/The Upanishads
The Aeneid of Virgil
The Arabian Nights
The Divine Comedy by Dante

Carpe diem,


P.S.: From the comments – Sunny Hills’ college reading list of classic literature. Sunny is one of the great alchemists and thinkers in Planet Perry and this reading list is one reason why. Retro Vinyl and Polaroid Cameras are hot – why not ancient knowledge as well? You can’t propel the New Renaissance without appreciating what was great about the first Renaissance.

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