You might like to take a look at my little note on How to Become a Famous Philosopher. It doesn't seem to be too difficult at all, as long as you start off in the right way.
If you're looking for wisdom, there's no great necessity that you'll find it among the philosophers. Mind you, if you poke through all that cantankerous nit-picking and pointless verbiage (which is what SqaPo is here for), you might well find the occasional life-changing gem. You could set out to read the whole lot (and many bold souls have done), or just have a root round The Aphorisms.
Many people have found these texts a particularly inspiring place to start:
Sartre - Existentialism is a Humanism
Thoreau - Walden
... and these you can just dip into, without having to worry too much about making sense of the whole:
Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
Wittgenstein - Tractatus
Emerson - Nature
But, sooner or later, you'll have to find out what the two great founder-philosophers had to say:
Plato - The Republic
Confucius - The Analects
You want more? We especially like...
Marianne Talbot's Philosophy for Beginners
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