Timeless Philosophy

Not unlike The Little Prince, L. Frank Baum’s 1900 classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved cultural staples of our time, translated into countless languages and adapted to multiple media. And not unlike Little Women, it too is a personal growth handbook disguised as a children’s novel. A story of overcoming our greatest shortcomings by opening up to and becoming accepting of others, Baum’s book is very much a manifesto for self-improvement through compassion.
You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”
From moral imperatives to philosophical reflections to political plotsThe Wizard of Oz offers a magic box of profound discoveries, buried in a playground of childhood whimsy.


  1. I really love the story of Oz. Do you know there was a Russian version in the time of the cold war? I am grown up with "the Wizard of the Emerald city". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_the_Emerald_City
    My mother loved the story and even the cold war was over, when I was a child, I always loved to read the books. There are plenty of books and the history does not end after the first book. I really enjoyed this. The books are still with my mother in Germany, but when I visit her, I will make some photos for you.
    And when I find a special card, I will send it for you.
    Great project. I love it.

    1. I didn't know about the Russian novel, thanks! How interesting...
      I have discovered these books as an adult. I had seen the film, but I thought there were just a book. I bought the complete collection, and now I'm still enjoying them.

      I will be glad if you participate, of course!

      Thanks for visiting these page.


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