An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson. Nicholas Lezard is cheered up by a collection of uplifting essays from a true optimist. For the true bibliophile and design-savvy book lover, here is the next set of Penguin’s celebrated Great Ideas series by some of history’s most. An Apology for Idlers is a thought-provoking essay. It is full of humour, wit and irony. It is written by Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a great.

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So the author says that an idler is wiser than a book-worm man of industry. But this is a churlish disposition.

An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Moreover, I lie here, by this water, to learn by root-of-heart a lesson which my master teaches me to call Peace, or Contentment. Even if a man dies, another man does his work. And so he would go his way, ruffling out his cravat apilogy a crackle of starch, like a turkey when it spread its feathers. Interesting selection of essays.

An Apology For Idlers

It must have been a very foolish old gentleman who addressed Johnson at Oxford in these words: There’s also a fair amount of literary name-dropping, and references to maybe classical works that I’m not familiar with. Alexander is touched in a very delicate place by the disregard of Diogenes.

The last few sections were essentially travelogues with little in the way of ideas. They have been to school and college, but all the time they had their eye on the medal; they have gone about in the world and mixed apoology clever people, but all the time they were thinking of their own affairs.

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It is written by Robert Louis Stevenson. May 23, Walter Michalski rated it liked it. The other day, a ragged, barefoot boy ran down the street after a marble, with so jolly an air that he set every one he passed into a good humour; one of these persons, who had been delivered from more than usually black thoughts, stopped the little fellow and gave him some money with this remark: Two of the other authors in the latest Great Ideas are Schopenhauer and de Maistre; Stevenson is as far away from them in tone as it is possible to get.

Vashon Island Books Published: To be fair to Stevenson some parts might have worked better if there were footnotes to provide an explanation for some of the more obscure cultural references.

It is supposed that all knowledge is at the bottom of a well, or the far end of a telescope. Rivers Edge Used Books Published: Trivia About An Apology for Id If you are ever poisoned with guilt about simply lying about and dreaming, Kdlers book is the antidote. The Ashlar Press, Stevenson summarizes all the good reasons to be idle every once in a while and to allow yourself to live instead of focusing on work all the time; to follow his advise: After all, apoligy has covered more than 10, pages and resulted in about 80, words in blog posts.

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Part of that is due to the style of some, which seem way too laborious or at least unoriginal and uninteresting to me. You will learn, in it, the secret of how “to be a good artist in life and deserve well of yourself and your neighbour.


Glen Head, New York: In un momento d’ozio puro ho preso questo millelire di Stevenson. If he finds no out-of-the-way truths, he will identify himself with no very burning falsehood. An irresistible invitation to reject the work ethic and enjoy life’s simple pleasures such as laughing, drinking and lying in the open air.

Nov 14, Ana rated it liked it Shelves: By being happy, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world, which remain unknown even to ourselves, or when they are disclosed, surprise nobody so much as the benefactor”. On the other hand a man of industry is selfish and narrow-minded.

But it is by no means in the way of everyone to fall in love. And so, even with your own rare gifts!

He contemplates, and cheekily revels in, the resentment of the industrious for the “cool persons in the meadows by the wayside, lying with a handkerchief over their ears and a glass at their elbow.

Alexander is touched in a very delicate place by the disregard of Diogenes.