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At times like this, I turn to Seneca. Christians had wished to enjoy the real ingredients of fulfilment a position in the world, sex, intellectual mastery, creativity but did not have the courage to endure the difficulties these goods demanded.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Hadn’t I known acute difficulties in my life? Topics Books Digested read. But why read oof original when you can learn nearly as much here. See and discover other items: We suffer because we cannot spontaneously master the ingredients of fulfilment.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. From the internationally heralded author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of consolatioms of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles.

Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money? We take great comfort in anticipation only to find that anticipation lies. Rejoice in your difficulties, your growth is impossible without them.


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I attempted to read Schopenhauer a few years ago but it didn’t hold my interest. A long time ago when L and I were travelling through the Minho, I had a bad case of consoltaions when we were making love.

In Philosiphyde Botton attempts to console the reader through everyday problems or at least help them to understand them by extensively quoting and interpreting a number of philosophers.

The Consolations of Philosophy

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Philosophy cannot be pursued in order to find support for comfortable doctrines. The Course of Love: They had therefore fashioned a hypocritical creed denouncing what they wanted but were too weak to fight for while praising what they did not want but happened to have.

Get to Know Us. The Consolations of Philosophy Quotes Showing of Drawing on the work of six of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems. That series, similarly to the book, was comprised of one episode dedicated to each of the 6 philosophers in question Socrates, Condolations, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

In a flash of inspiration, I thought of Nietzsche, the patron saint of difficulties. Edward Skidelsky of the New Statesman wrote: A Guide To Happiness.

The Consolations of Philosophy – Alain de Botton

Book ratings by Goodreads. For the agony of not having enough money, Epicurus has a solution that everyone can afford. I think in some ways we find that the best consolation is that one does not need, and need not look for, consolations.


Most popular opinions about life and reality are based upon misunderstandings, ignorance and mistakes anyway.

The critical reception for Consolations has been alqin positive. The process by which these things occur, or do not occur, is ephemeral and unreal as it is only perceived by us as real through time. A sense of injustice may lead to murder, or to a ground-breaking work of economic theory.

The Consolations of Philosophy Quotes

Take consolation, you have not contracted the plague of endless desire, not everything desired is desirable anyway. Easy consolations are cruel lies as Nietzsche tells us. If your life is beset by difficulty after difficulty, wise advice may be found in the words of Nietzsche. And it has succeeded. The Best Books of A belief consolatoins everything will go well or as planned is the surest road to frustration. It is my modest hope that this abbreviated summary will help increase the appetite for philosophy.

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