Philosophy is defined as “the love of wisdom,” but you don’t need a philosophy degree to get more wisdom in your life. If the only philosopher you can quote is Yoda, here are the best go-to books to up your philosophy game, impress your friends and just plain sound like a smartypants. Read them or do not; there is no try.
“Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings” by Richard Hooper
This book will put you in the know as to who said it first and how they said it. It will give you a much fuller understanding of how ideas travel, or how the same ideas can be understood in many cultures without outside influences. It will also allow you many opportunities to piss people off at parties by correcting them.
“The Tao Of Pooh” and “The Te Of Piglet” by Benjamin Hoff
Great for A.A. Milne fans or people who prefer large piece puzzles.