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A virtuous, ordinary life, striving for wisdom but never far from folly, is achievement enough. There is a diminishing marginal utility to wealth not found in friendship and thoughtfulness.

A Brief History of Thought: Contemplate the restless industry of wretched little ants … the life of most insects is nothing but a restless labour for preparing nourishment and dwelling for the future offspring that will come from their eggs.

At times like this, Philosophyy turn to Seneca. In a flash of inspiration, I thought of Nietzsche, the patron saint of difficulties. Not everything which hurts may be bad. I always gain some wisdom when I read De Botton. And it has succeeded.

In seeking to popularise philosophy, Alain de Botton has merely trivialised it, smoothing the discipline into a series of silly philospphy bites. Always anticipate the worst and you find consolation in that things are not that bad after all. I would have been reading Schopenhauer.


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We both consoled ourselves with Montaigne’s wise words on inadequacy, but I would like to reassure my female readers it has never happened again. Read reviews that mention alain de botton consolationss of philosophy broken heart schopenhauer and nietzsche enough money epicurus seneca socrates and epicurus montaigne on inadequacy schopenhauer seneca and montaigne proust can change frustration montaigne on inadequacy change your life inadequacy broken starting lf recommend this book introduction to philosophy everyday life self help thought provoking seneca on frustration.

The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton

From the frustration of misplacing your keys to the sadness of losing a loved one, the writings of Seneca can offer consolation. Thus, there is nothing in life that one should be sorry for having lost or never having gained. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Should philosophy lead us to consolation or away from it? And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness to illness.

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Popular opinion is often as mistaken as it is held to be certain and common sense is too common to be of any value. The series was produced ;hilosophy the book’s layout with the following six episodes: Each has much more to offer, far beyond the simple consolations outlined in this book, but this book is a readable and easily accessible introduction. Nietzsche was striving to correct the belief that fulfillment must come easily or not at all, a belief ruinous in its effects, for it leads us to withdraw prematurely from challenges that might have been overcome if only we had been prepared for the savagery legitimately demanded by almost everything valuable.


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What I present here is a quick summary of the consolations offered. Pretend Person Top Contributor: Be glad that your misjudgment was terminated, thank the one who rejected you and be wiser in the next encounter if this is possible. That is the thread that connects them back to Socrates — even if they are wlain willing to follow him into the marketplace — and that is the thread that The Consolations of Philosophy cuts.

Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. We conwolations find the in philosophy the consolation offered by religion. The book itself cannot do justice to the philosophers selected, please read the philosophers.