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On Friendship (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – September 6, 2005
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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.
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.