We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.

My First Summer In The Sierra

John Muir

I have an imagination. It is my most precious possession

A Notable Woman

Jean Lucey Pratt

All around me I felt the ghosts of an immense past, I heard their whispers and I smiled when they walked by my side through the fields and woods. I relished the companionship of the dead

The Hidden Ways

Alistair Moffat

The truth is, this is a ghost story. No, this is an adventure story. This is an adventure story about how I quit being a ghost

Man Alive

Thomas Page McBee

There are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste: salt, which enhances flavor; fat, which amplifies flavor and makes appealing textures possible; acid, which brightens and balances; and heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat

I’ve decided to open with ‘Hello’, and then, even if you don’t care for anything that comes after that, at least you’ll say I was well mannered

Little Me

Matt Lucas

We are all so much more than the sum of our fragile parts. We are all our journeys, hopes and dreams, clad in mortal wrapping paper.

Penguin Bloom

Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive

What follows is a dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how to reshape worlds

The Runaway Species

David Eagleman & Anthony Brandt

To a country boy this tapestry of colour, movement and mystery was an irresistible draw, a treasure trove wholly unimagined, each discovery bursting unforgettably into my consciousness: every newt a nugget of gold, every wren’s nest a gem, every slow worm a bracelet of silver

The Dun Cow Rib

John Lister-Kaye

Architecture creates shelter and transforms the ordinary. Good architecture civilises and humanises, bad architecture brutalises

A Place for All People

Richard Rogers & Richard Brown

Travelling is like emptying the crumbs out of a toaster. You think you’ve found them all until you give it another bang. And what I’ve discovered in life is that it’s always me who cleans the toaster

More Moaning

Karl Pilkington

I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering "why are we here?" The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote

The Moaning of Life

Karl Pilkington

In the West, brave men got killed. Cowards stayed alive. Death was everywhere on the frontier

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane

The confines of our mind attic have shifted. They have expanded. We should strive to be cognizant of that change, and to take advantage of the shift instead of letting it take advantage of us

Mastermind

Maria Konnikova

She's online. 'I booked a hotel,' I say. 'Near Marble Arch.' 'That sounds great, hon. I can't wait to see you.' 'Yeah. Me too.' 'I'm vaguely nervous.' 'Don't be.' Do be. I'm a child

Lolito

Ben Brooks

Baking can be a great way to express yourself, and if you treat it this way, your baking will always be unique

Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth

Lily Jones

The slow hours of the afternoon yawned and presented themselves with a certain belligerence. Those who go mad go mad first in the afternoons

There Are Little Kingdoms

Kevin Barry

Words have been important to me for as long as I can remember. Their sound, their construction, their origins

The Last Holiday

Gil Scott-Heron

We could be sure of only two things. Katelyn Ogden blew up. Everyone else was fine. Except we weren’t. Not by a long shot

Spontaneous

Aaron Starmer

You can hypnotise an entire audience and make them feel a certain way. I think about what they’re feeling, because I’m making sure they feel a certain way. And I know when I’ve got them

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Alan Light

The Buddhists are right. Desire is my pilot. Most of each day is spent giving in to it. When I’m not fucking, I’m chasing. When I’m not chasing, I’m fantasizing. I am an addict. I am a man

The Rules of the Game

Neil Strauss