Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It - Wisdom of the great philosophers on how to live


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

How interesting, the author took the time, in his 80's to collect his "philosophical tips" about how to live. He has gathered quotes, old and new, and offer his comments through his perspective.
I'm glad there are books like this, talking about things that I conside "worthy" of thinking about. That is, about things that matters.


Prologue

as I look at life from the vantage point of my eighth decade, my hankering for such ideas has only increased.
Late in the game as it may be, I still want to live my final years the best way I can.

Here, then, are my Pithies, old and new, accompanied by my reflections, young and old. They may raise more questions than answers, but oh, what delicious questions they are.


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

—- EPICURUS, GREEK PHILOSOPHER (341–270 BC), HEDONIST


First, desiring what we do not have now diminishes or even cancels out our appreciation of what we do have now;
second, when we take a moment to consider the outcome of actually getting that something else that we now desire, we will realize that it is just going to put us back at square one—desiring yet something else.
The overall lesson is: Enjoy the present—it’s as good as it gets.

Epicurus gives teeth to the old adage, “Beware of what you desire, for you may get it.”
Epicurus points out here is that there is always more to desire after a person acquires whatever it is. so he ends up with endlessly unsatisfied desire.

I do drift away from the present by fantasizing about what’s coming up next. I now realize that I have spent much of my life thinking about “What’s next?”
what book I am going to read or what movie I am going to watch.
“What’s next?” has been the leitmotif of my life. As a child, I constantly thought about what my life would be when I grew up; later, about what life I would lead when I graduated from college. On and on. Thus have I diluted my life. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “We are always getting ready to live, but never living.”


“The art of life lies in taking pleasures as they pass, and the keenest pleasures are not intellectual, nor are they always moral.”

—- ARISTIPPUS, GREEK/LIBYAN PHILOSOPHER (435–356 BC), HEDONIST