How To Live

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

By Sarah Bakewell

A beautiful book that distills Montaigne's universal essays
Published: April 2, 2022 Reading Time: 9 minutes rating: 10


Reading Montaigne’s essay should be compulsory. Arguably the inventor of the essay as a literary format, his writing is so specific and personal that it becomes universal at once. We can al relate to his troubles and longings.

And while the essays are great in their entirety Sarah Bakewell does a great job in distilling their essence and guides us through Montaigne’s world giving all the historical and philosophical context of the times he lived in and put pen to paper.

Notes & Highlights

  1. Memento mori. ↩︎

  2. Concentrate like a roman ↩︎

  3. Mastery requires constant practice. See also Range and Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind↩︎

  4. See The Lessons of History↩︎

  5. See My heroes are real and My Standard Of Performance ↩︎

  6. See The Goal Of Habits Are Practices ↩︎

  7. See Change Is The Only Constant ↩︎

  8. See Man’s Search For Meaning ↩︎