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On Solitude #2020

On Solitude Blending intellectual speculation with anecdote and personal reflection the Renaissance thinker and writer Montaigne pioneered the modern essay This selection contains his idiosyncratic and timeless

  • Title: On Solitude
  • Author: Michel de Montaigne
  • ISBN: 9780141043852
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Solitude By Michel de Montaigne, Blending intellectual speculation with anecdote and personal reflection, the Renaissance thinker and writer Montaigne pioneered the modern essay This selection contains his idiosyncratic and timeless writings on subjects as varied as the virtues of solitude, the power of the imagination, the pleasures of reading, the importance of sleep and why we sometimes laugh and cryBlending intellectual speculation with anecdote and personal reflection, the Renaissance thinker and writer Montaigne pioneered the modern essay This selection contains his idiosyncratic and timeless writings on subjects as varied as the virtues of solitude, the power of the imagination, the pleasures of reading, the importance of sleep and why we sometimes laugh and cry at the same things.Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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    1. in solis sis tibi turba locis in lonely places, be a crowd unto yourself Tibullus, IV, xiii, 12 adapted.It didn t surprise me at all the fact that I was reading the words of a man who lived in the 16th century and mastered completely the art of being timeless Finding relics of a bygone era which have an enormous influence on our way of thinking has become a fulfilling habit.There is nothing unsociable than Man, and nothing sociable unsociable by his vice, sociable by his nature.Even though thi [...]

    2. I love Montaigne and his essays , I ll read his complete as soon as I can , This short one didn t gratify my appetite for solitude , I found an interesting article on the internet which I thought it would be better to post it here ychologytoday articl

    3. This collection of essays was thoroughly enjoyable Michel de Montaigne lived in the 16th century, and yet he seems extremely modern and accessible His anecdotes and humor make his writing very easy to read Some of my favourite quotes If I come across difficult passages in my reading I never bite my nails over them after making a charge or two I let them be If I settled down to them I would waste myself and my time, for my mind is made for the first jump What I fail to see during my original char [...]

    4. There are other editions of Montaigne s complete essays and each has its virtues This is just an introduction If you re beginning a subject, Penguin s Great Ideas series are really good to give you a short insight about the subject.

    5. Somehow takes inherently interesting topics and themes and makes them unrelentingly dull That might be an achievement in itself, but not when the reader wastes their time having to read this.

    6. On Books Among books affording plain delight, I judge that the Decameron of Boccaccio, Rabelais and the Basia of Johannes Secundus if they are to be placed in this category are worth spending time on has always seemed to me that in poetry Virgil, Lucretius, Catullus and Horace rank highest by far especially Virgil in his Georgics , which I reckon to be the most perfect achievement in poetry by a comparison with it one can easily see that there are passages in the Aeneid to which Virgil, if he ha [...]

    7. I really do not know what to make of this one I want to like it a lot, but I am afraid it s just okay Based upon the advertisement of this little book, it s literally about everything I care about solitude, books, and sleep There are a couple of other subjects of discussion as wellI did like those sections however, the rest of it was in essence describable as ehh I really cannot begin to get started on this one section I believe it was either in Fear or Anger where Montaigne wrote three paragrap [...]

    8. This was a disappointment I saw it sitting on a shelf next to Seneca s On the Shortness of Life , so I equated the two However, this is much less insightful, much pretentious, and much less interesting.

    9. Really quite a wonderful read, doesn t tell you what to do with life rather live it With fun anecdotes that look at life from a human perspective Very much reads like it was written recently not over 500 years ago.

    10. Michel de Montaingne is, in my opinion, not at his best in the titular essay On Solitude I will return to my thoughts on it at the close of this essay But to start, I must simply remark on the near perfect simplicity of On the Length of Life It is, to my mind, Montaigne at his best speaking directly and with out undue recourse to classical allusion He is witty and canny, notably pointing out the ludic undertones of the term natural death He bobs and weaves like a boxer having fun and it s hard t [...]

    11. From On Books I do not doubt that I often happen to talk of things which are treated better in the writings of master craftsmen, and with authenticity What you have here is purely an assay of my natural, not at all of my acquired, abilities Anyone who catches me out in ignorance does me no harm I cannot vouch to other people for my reasonings I can scarcely vouch for them to myself and am by no means satisfied with them If anyone is looking for knowledge let him go where such fish are to be cau [...]

    12. I get others to say what I cannot put so well myself, sometimes because of the weakness of my language and sometimes because of the weakness of my intellect Michel de Montaigne, On BooksI ve never read de Montaigne before this Wow, what a loss The man is incredibly intelligent, astute and modern If you hadn t told me when he had lived, I would ve guessed he had lived end of the 19th century I can t believe he actually lived at the end of the 16th century.My copy is a selection of thirteen essays [...]

    13. This is a great little book, and an excellent user friendly introduction to modern philosophy Michel de Montaigne is famous for pioneering what we now call the essay, however I deem him worthy of new fame making philosophy accessible, funny, and functional In On Solitude he reflects on all sorts of odd and every day facets, such as why we laugh and cry at the same time, why reading brings joy, why fear is the most powerful emotion of all, and of course what solitude is Check this book out if you [...]

    14. Read in less than 3 hours but far from underappreciated Little gems can be found in this tiny book I thought it too highbrow, but then I took the unfamiliar tales of familiar names in footnotes as they were In doing so I was able to focus on the chapter content rather than beat myself up over not poring over my old Philo readings before Lessons check Humor check.

    15. A thoroughly engaging pocket sized collection of the great French philosopher s ruminations on a wide range of topics solitude being only one of them Although these essays were written in the 1500 s, they reflect a lively mind and are written in a lively style that still resonates and shines through than four hundred years later.

    16. May be only three stars but many of these little essays have some thoughtful and engagingly human ideas to ponder The way De Montaigne presents his ideas is somewhat self deprecating and wonderfully honest.

    17. A little dry and dull at first but once you get going, it s excellent From books all I seek is to give myself pleasure by an honourable pastime or if I do study, I seek only that branch of learning which deals with knowing myself and which teaches me how to live and die well

    18. I had not read any of his writings before this What got me to pick it up was the quote on the cover The greatest thing in the world is to know how to live to yourself The thoughts inside are as pertinent today as when he wrote them in the 16th century.

    19. Montaigne has a refreshing perspective on everything from self to sleep His essays really make you re evaluate your perspective on life.

    20. loved it I am planning on completing all the great ideas penguin series in fact I am also considering finishing the mini modern classic series by them as well.

    21. Not his best work thoughts aren t as focused and as full of ideas as On Friendship One could skip several chapters, especially On Books without losing much.

    22. Very enjoyble Many unique ideas on various subjects in this little book, easy to pick up, read a chapter then put down and reflect.

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