How to live, or, a life of Montaigne - Sarah Bakewell. 그리고 아무말도 하지 않았다.

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Q. How to live? Michel de Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer

1. Q. How to live? A. Don't worry about death.
2. Q. How to live? A. Pay attention.
3. Q. How to live? A. Be born.
4. Q. How to live? A. Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow-witted.
5. Q. How to live? A. Survive love and loss.
6. Q. How to live? A. Use little tricks.
7. Q. How to live? A. Question everything; All I know is that I know nothing, and I'm not even sure about that.
8. Q. How to live? A. Keep a private room behind the shop.
9. Q. How to live? A. Be convivial, live with others.
10. Q. How to live? A. Wake from the sleep of habit; It all depends on your point of view.
11. Q. How to live? A. Live temperately.
12. Q. How to live? A. Guard your humanity.
13. Q. How to live? A. Do something no one has done before.
14. Q. How to live? A. See the world.
15. Q. How to live? A. Do a good job, but not too good a job.
16. Q. How to live? A. Philosophise only by accident.
17. Q. How to live? A. Reflect on everything; regret nothing.
18. Q. How to live? A. Give up control.
19. Q. How to live? A. Be ordinary and imperfect.
20. Q. How to live? A. Let life be its own answer; Not the end.


.. For him, the greatest problem with the law was that it did not take account of a fundamental fact about the human condition: people are fallible.

... Is it not a stupid humor of mine to be out of tune with a thousand to whom I am joined by fortune, whom I cannot do without, only to cling to one or two, who are not associated with me, or rather to a fantastic desire for something I cannot recapture?

... All I know is that I know nothing, and I'm not even sure about that.

... All Pyrrho renounced, according to Montaigne, was the pretension most people fall prey to; that of "regimenting, arranging, and fixing truth."

... Like Montaigne accommodating himself to his own fallibility, we accept the world as it appears to be, with just a formal nod to the possibility that nothing is solid at all. The demon waits in the wings, yet life goes on.

... Freedom is the only rule, and digression is the only path.

... Here is a "you" in which my "I" is reflected; here is where all distance is abolished. (Stefan Zweig)

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읽으면서 떠올린 건 S이다. S는 내가 일상 생활의 고민을 토로하면, 몽테뉴를 읽어보라는 말을 자주 하곤 했다. (S의 그런 생각은 이 책의 저자나 플로베르("Read Montaigne in order to live.")와 같은 선상에 있는 것 같다.)

내겐 인생 방향에 있어 멘토로 삼고 싶을 만큼의 울림은 없었지만(-몽테뉴의 매우 자유로운 영혼도, 그의 배경이 제공하는 혜택을 배제하고 생각할 수 없다-), 목차가 말해주는 그의 삶의 방식은 기억하면서 살아야겠다.



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