Digital Library of Alexandria

Why read about a great thinker on Wikipedia when you can skip the middle man and go straight to the source?

It was once clearly understood that reading the original writings of a great mind is infinitely more powerful than simply reading an “expert’s opinion” about that mind. Developing this habit may not seem very important at first glance, but the intellectual laziness of seeking an expert’s opinions about ideas rather than generating our own through a genuine act of discovery, not only creates a false belief in knowledge, but also a tragic diminution of creative insight on the part of the practitioner of lazy reason.

The Rising Tide Foundation is thus proud to present an array of original writings from great thinkers who’s lives were devoted in thought and practice to the betterment of humanity.

Adams, John Quincy


Alighieri, Dante

Carey, Henry C.

Carey, Matthew


Clay, Henry


Colber, Jean-Baptiste

Cooper, James Fenimore

Cusa, Nicholas

Dana, James Dwight

Da Vinci, Leonardo

Defoe, Daniel

Desiderius, Erasmus

Douglass, Frederick

Einstein, Albert

Franklin, Benjamin

Furtwangler, Wilhelm

Gilpin, William

Hamilton, Alexander

Heine, Heinrich


Humboldt, Alexander von

Humboldt, Wilhelm von

Huygens, Christian

Irving, Washington

Kaestner, Abraham

Keats, John

Keller, Helen

Kepler, Johannes

King, Martin Luther

Kohler, Wolfgang

LaRouche, Lyndon

Leibniz, Gottfried

Lessing, Gotthold

Lincoln, Abraham

List, Friedrich

Logan, James

Machiavelli, Niccolo

Mackenzie, William Lyon

Marlow, Christopher

Mather, Cotton


Mendelsohn, Moses

Mendeleev, Dimitri


Pacioli, Luca

Papineau, Louis-Joseph

Pasteur, Louis

Philo of Alexandria

Planck, Max


Poe, Edgar

Riemann, Bernard

Saint Augustine

Saint Irinaeus of Lyons

Schiller, Friedrich

Schweitzer, Albert

Shakespeare, William

Shelley, Percey Bysshe

Sina, Ibn

Sun Yat-sen

Swift, Jonathan

Tagore, Rabindranath

Tilak, Bal Gangadar

Vernadsky, Vladimir

Yuanpei, Cui

Zhu Xi