How to Live

Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Ranked #14 in Survey, Ranked #19 in Philosophersee more rankings.

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy?

This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Monatigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his...

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Marc Andreessen Co-Founder/Andreessen HorowitzHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—All versions of a bigger question: How do you live? (Source)

Ryan Holiday AuthorMontaigne is one of humanities greatest treasures. If you've not read any of his essays or Sarah Bakewell's magnificent book How To Live [...] you are missing out. (Source)

Austin Kleon Book that introduced me to one of my new favorite thinkers: Sarah Bakewell’s How To Live: Or A Life Of Montaigne. (Source)

Nigel Warburton Like Sarah Bakewell’s more recent book, At the Existentialist Café, this is beautifully written. (Source)

Fabrice Grinda I have lots of books to recommend, but they are not related to my career path. The only one that is remotely related is Peter Thiel’s Zero to One. That said here are books I would recommend. (Source)

Kieran Setiya Montaigne wrote this legendarily creative series of essays that have become iconic for what self-reflection can be. (Source)

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