How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (1533-92) by Sarah Bakewell

My favorite biography is probably Sarah Bakewell’s wonderful “How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (1533-92) in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer”

Her 20 Chapter headings/answers are illustrative of the book: 1) Don’t worry about death 2) Pay attention 3) Be born 4) Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow witted 5) Survive love and loss 6) Use little tricks 7) Question everything 8) Keep a private room behind the shop 9) Be convivial: live with others 10) Wake up from the sleep of habit 11) Live temperately 12) Guard your humanity 13) Do something no one has done before 14) See the world 15) Do a good job, but not too good a job 16) Philosophize only by accident 17) Reflect on everything; regret nothing 18) Give up control 19) Be ordinary and imperfect 20) Let life be its own answer.

But of course don’t do justice to it. I am reading it for the third time. 🙂



About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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