Thursday, January 12, 2012

How To Live

Just started reading this book, How to Live Or A Life of Montaigne. The concept of the book is interesting, it describes Montaigne's writings and philosophy using examples from his life. After the first two chapters, titled Don't worry about death and Pay attention, I'm very excited to read the rest - I just wanted to take a few moments to reflect on what I've read. Montaigne started writing to reflect on ancient philosophy but also everyday life around him. In the process learned a lot about himself and life in general. One line that really struck me "Learning to die was learning to let go; learning to live was learning to hang on." I figure people have been living for millennia, someone must have figured out how to do it right.

The remaining chapters are titled:

Be born
Read a lot, forgot most of what you read
Survive love and loss
Use little tricks
Question everything
Keep a private room behind the shop
Be convivial: live with others
Wake from the sleep of habit
Live temperately
Guard your humanity
Do something no one has done before
See the world
Do a good job, but not too good a job
Philosophize only by accident
Reflect on everything; regret nothing
Give up control
Be ordinary and imperfect
Let life be its own answer

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