- Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141018860
- ISBN-13: 978-0141018867
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 18 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Penguin Great Ideas : On Friendship Mass Market Paperback – 2 Sep 2004
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About the Author
Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, was born in 1553. He retired in 1571 to his lands at Montaigne, devoting himself to reading and reflection and composing his Essays (first version, 1580). He died at Montaigne in 1592 while preparing the final, and richest, edition of his Essays.
M.A. Screech is an Extraordinary Fellow of Wolfson College and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has edited and translated both the complete edition and a selection of the Essays for Penguin Classics and, in a separate volume, Montaigne's sceptical Apology for Raymond Sebond. His other books include Erasmus: Ecstasy and the Praise of Folly, Rabelais, Montaigne and Melancholy, and, most recently, Laughter at the Foot of the Cross.
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Despite this there are several good thoughts, well expressed. One that sticks in the mind is the advice to never do a favour to someone that they are unable to pay back, because they will resent you for it rather than be grateful. We can all learn from that.
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Interesting to me that Montaigne, beloved of good contemporary writers like Paul Theroux, actually wrote hogwash along with whatever else he wrote that had merit.
We may thus disrespect and disavow the saints of the intellectual canon, we take any idea on its merit.
On the other hand as he writes of his special friendship like a star struck lover with a passion that is unusually mellow, as he and his friend lose themselves entirely in each other I begin to feel sympathy for the poetry of it all. Even if it's imaginary. It's friendship written about like lovers. Obviously moving to him.
I found this to be a very easy to read and enlightening collection of philosophy, that I believe you will enjoy also. The author of this work was very influential to many thinkers through out the centuries down to our time. This book was cited by a recent book I read by Joseph Epstein, Friendship, an expose.
"When the soul is without a definite aim she gets lost; for, as they say, if you are everywhere you are nowhere."
"I hold that you will never achieve by force what you cannot achieve by reason, intelligence and skill."
If you enjoyed the above examples you will love this book.