A great introduction to some of the world’s classics, it gives the first line, a short description and then a quote from author/reviewer/editor of the work. I’d heard of the majority, read quite a few, but the editors cast a pretty wide net, so there were a fair amount of which I had never heard.
A collection that Tolstoy put together from many of the world’s faiths and philosophical schools, it was a little less than advertised. Each month had a theme. Fair enough, but that meant about 30 days of repetitive pabulum. In some cases, he quotes the original source as well as two or three different paraphrases of the same quote from different sources.