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Some Fruits Of Solitude Paperback – September 5, 2003
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A short, but clear historical introduction gives the reader a better sense of Penn's times.
Highly recommend. An easy read but weighty thoughts.
The historical introduction alone makes this book a good buy. Mr. Taylor has boiled a sea of Biographical information into a salty context that gives the reflections a better flavor.
Get it! Read it! Do it!
Some of the topics covered in Part 1 are Pride, Discipline, Friendship, Moderation and Religion. Part 2(More Fruits of Solitude) includes The World's Able Man, Of Envy, Of Conduce in Speech, Of Jealousy and many more. Each section contains from a few to many maxims on each topic. The original introductions and prefaces are included.
I have enjoyed reading a few maxims from this little book each day. I find the maxims a helpful tool to think over a topic. I read a bit from the book as part of my morning Bible study and journal time. This is a book I will use over and over gain especially when I need something to push me towards living a better, more thoughtful life.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.
This new edition from Attic books has an elegant weathered look and feel to it, complete with tattered page edges. The book itself is a work of art and is s an intriguing show piece that will certainly stand out on your bookshelf, desk, or coffee table. Visitors to your home or office will want to pick it up just to find out what it is.
According to the introduction, "The form of "Some Fruits of Solitude" is wholly due to the influence of La Rochefoucauld`s famous compendium of sentences, the vogue of which was at its height in England when Penn wrote." (introduction, p. xx - xi) William Penn most likely composed his maxims between 1665 and 1693.
The subject matter covered throughout the book is quite broad, touching on 165 different topics. These include education, discipline, friendship, justice, ambition, jealousy, leadership, and much much more. The number of maxims presented throughout the book comes in at a whopping total of 855. That's a lot of ground to cover in only 170 pages!
Here a few of the maxims that particularly resonated with me:
*Pride - "In his Prayers he says, Thy Will be done: But means his own: At least acts so." (p.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book which replicates the original content and " old style". It contains wisdom and tips for right living which William Penn graciously shared with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Maria Circelli
Best advice a man can get all these fruits are still true today, simply amazing stuff and the book looks weathered but is brand newPublished 21 months ago by Lainesta
Why this book? A late 1800s edition, in very good shape, peeked my interest, but I was not going to pay the $250 the man was asking for. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by California Reader
Truly a great book, but also very intense and some of the language can be difficult to understand fully. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Jason Goetz
Some Fruits of Solitude
By: William Penn
I received this book from New Leaf Publishing in exchange for a review. This book was a wonderful surprise! Read more
Here's a treasure trove of wisdom from yesteryear. Written be William Penn and given as "Proverbs, Wisdom, and Principles For Better Living. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Jimmy R. Reagan