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An alphabetical list of all the references, to give a flavour of this book's influences. The most valuable books for personal finance rarely have anything directly to do with finance.

Part One

Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety
Allusion to William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2
An allusion to both George Lakoff’s Metaphors We Live By and Joseph Campbell’s Myths to Live By
Anthony de Mello, The Way to Love
Anthony Gottlieb, The Dream of Reason
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Barry Schwartz, TED Radio Hour
Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy
Bertrand Russell, What I Believe
Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts
Calgacus' ‘Speech to his Troops’ in Tacitus, Agricola
Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
Carl Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
Charles de Montesquieu, quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts (1891; edited by Tryon Edwards)
Chris Budd, quoted in
Damien Hirst, interview with Idler Idler issue 71, Mar/Apr 2020
Dan Ariely, at a talk in London to promote Small Change: Money Mishaps and How To Avoid Them
Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained
Daniel Dennett, Intuition Pumps
Daniel J. Siegel, Mindsight
Daniel Kahneman, ‘Focusing Illusion’,
Daniel Kahneman, interview with Haaretz
Daniel Kahneman, interview with Sam Harris
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
Dante Aligheri, The Divine Comedy
David Cain,
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature
David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo, Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment
Derek Sivers on the Tim Ferriss podcast
Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See
Egon Friedell, A Cultural History of the Modern Age, vol. 3
Emory University of School of Medicine, ‘Expert Financial Advice Neurobiologically “Offloads” Financial Decision-Making under Risk’ Jan B. Engelmann,C. Monica Capra,Charles Noussair,Gregory S. Berns, March 24, 2009
Epictetus, Discourses
Epictetus, quoted in Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be
Epictetus, The Discourses
Epicurus, Fragments
Erich Fromm, To Have, Or to Be?
Euripides, Electra
Friedrich Nietzsche, Aphorisms on Love and Hate. The full quote is: ‘In individual moments we all know how the most elaborate arrangements of our life are made only so as to flee from the tasks we actually ought to be performing, how we would like to hide our head somewhere as though our hundred-eyed conscience could not find us out there, how we hasten to give our heart to the state, to money-making, to sociability, or science merely so as to no longer possess it ourselves, how we labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because to us it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think.’
H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy
Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment? (definition paraphrased)
Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of the Good
Jan B. Engelmann, Emory University news release
Jean-Paul Sartre, Portrait of the Antisemite (abridged version of Réflexions sur la question Juive, quoted in Walter Kaufman, Existentialism)
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Think on These Things
John Maynard Keynes, Economic Consequences of the Peace
John Vervaeke, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis, ep. 10
John Vervaeke, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis, ep. 27
John Vervaeke, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis, ep. 4
John Vervaeke, Christopher Mastropietro, and Filip Miscevi, Zombies in Western Culture: A Twenty-First Century Crisis
John Vervaeke,
Jon Elster, Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Blue and Brown Books
Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, vol. 2
Matthieu Ricard, Happiness
Michael Merzenich, quoted in Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow
Morgan Housel, Inseparable Pairs
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Facebook post 2nd July 2014
Nicolas Humphrey, answering the annual question in 2017 (‘What Scientific Term or Concept Ought to be More Widely Known?’
Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself
Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing
Paul Dolan, Happiness by Design
Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be
Pierre Hadot, What is Ancient Philosophy?
Plato, The Republic
Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted in Ross Edgely, The World’s Fittest Book
Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison
Rick Hanson, Buddha’s Brain
Rory Sutherland, Alchemy
See Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit
See Shirley H. Wang, The Wall Street Journal, for a summary:
Seneca, Moral Letters
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
Sophocles, Antigone
Sophocles’ Teiresias in Oedipus the King
Søren Kierkegaard, The Point of View, quoted in Walter Kaufman, Existentialism
Søren Kierkegaard, Two Ages: The Age of Revolution and the Present Age. A Literary Review
Sue Gerhardt, Why Love Matters
Terminology borrowed from David Epstein’s Range
Theragata 6.12
Thomas More, Utopia
Voltaire, quoted in Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy
Will Durant, Fallen Leaves
Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, vol. 1
Will Storr, The Science of Storytelling
William James, quoted in Christophe André, Mindfulness
William James, The Principles of Psychology, vol. 1
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 2 Scene 2