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The Best Literary Podcasts for Book Lovers

May 27, 2017

The Inspirational Living podcast is often described as the self-help podcast for the literary listener. Our podcasts not only feature works from best-selling self-development authors of the early 20th century (writers such as Orison Swett Marden and William George Jordan) but also works from respected literary authors, such as Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and G.K. Chesterton.

If you are looking for a literary podcast that will inspire you to live life more fully; motivate you to reach to your potential, and entertain you with its beautiful language, then we believe that you'll enjoy the Inspirational Living podcast.

In the following list, we have compiled seven of the most popular literary podcasts from the Inspirational Living catalogue, providing you with a wide range of ideas upon which to reflect upon. To stay up to date on future literary podcasts, please subscribe to us at iTunes, Google Play, or

1) Literary Podcast: The Best Confucius Quotes & Sayings

When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world. - Confucius

2) Literary Podcast: The Power of Words

Words are the index of character. They enclose within them our thoughts, and the tone with which they are spoken indicates the state of our affections. The utterance of a single word can reveal the love, fear, or hate that lurks within it, and, as such, our life and character are laid open to public view. - Warren Felt Evans

3) Literary Podcast: The Art of Lying

Let me begin by clarifying that when I say the art of lying is in decline, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any interruption—no, for the Lie, as a Virtue, A Principle, is eternal; the Lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend, is immortal, and cannot perish from the earth while the human species remains. - Mark Twain

4) Literary Podcast: Carpe Diem & Omar Khayyam

Great joy does not gather the rosebuds while it may; its eyes are fixed on the immortal rose which Dante saw. Great joy has in it the sense of immortality. The very splendor of youth is the sense that it has all space to stretch its legs in. In all great comic literature, there is this sense of space and incorruptibility; we feel the characters are deathless people in an endless tale. - G.K. Chesterton

5) Literary Podcast: The Mystery of Golf

In spite of the ceremony with which golf is played: the elaborate etiquette, the enforced silence during the address, the rigid observance of rules, few if any games so strip an individual of the conventional and the artificial. In a single round you can sum up a person, can say whether they are truthful, courageous, honest, upright, generous, sincere, slow to anger — or the reverse. - Arnold Haultain

6) Literary Podcast: The Wisdom & Poetry of William Blake

Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. - William Blake

7) Literary Podcast: The Circle of Life

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn rising after nightfall, and under every deep a lower deep opens. There are no fixtures in nature. The universe is fluid and volatile. Permanence is but a word of degrees. Our earthly globe is a transparent law, not a mass of facts.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

8) Literary Podcast: The Philosophy of Tea

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life. - Okakura Kakuzo

9) Literary Podcast: The Art of Lying in Bed

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience, if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. This, however, is not generally a part of the domestic apparatus. I have fancied that it might be accomplished with several buckets of paint and a broom. But if one worked in a really sweeping and masterly way, and laid on the color in great washes, it might drip down again on one’s face in floods of rich and mingled color like some strange fairy rain; and that would have its disadvantages. - G.K. Chesterton

10) Literary Podcast: Letter to a Young Artist

Today, I do not desire to give you any abstract definition of beauty. For we who are working in art cannot accept any theory of beauty in exchange for beauty itself, and, rather than desiring to isolate it in a formula appealing to the intellect, we, on the contrary, seek to materialize it in a form that gives joy to the soul through the senses. We want to create art, not to define it. The definition should follow the work: the work should not adapt itself to the definition. - Oscar Wilde

11) Literary Podcast: Civil Disobedience Revisited

I think that we should be men and women first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for what is right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly-enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious people is a corporation with a conscience. - Henry David Thoreau

12) Literary Podcast: Inspirational Thoughts on Life

What is joy? Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And it arises from the selfsame well that houses your laughter and tears. The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart, and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow is giving you joy. - Kahlil Gibran

That complete our list of the best literary podcasts from the Inspirational Living podcast. Of course, all of our podcasts have a literary style that we think you'll enjoy. So, we encourage you to browse the rest of our podcasts to find other authors that you may know, as well as wonderful authors you have yet to discover.

To see a list of podcasts that were inspired by the works of female authors, please go to: Podcasts for Women.

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