On Friendship

On Friendship Michel de Montaigne was the originator of the modern essay form in these diverse pieces he expresses his views on relationships contemplates the idea that man is no different from any animal argues

  • Title: On Friendship
  • Author: Michel de Montaigne M.A. Screech
  • ISBN: 9780143036296
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michel de Montaigne was the originator of the modern essay form in these diverse pieces he expresses his views on relationships, contemplates the idea that man is no different from any animal, argues that all cultures should be respected, and attempts, by an exploration of himself, to understand the nature of humanity.

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    • Peter Weissman says:

      If he had a more manageable name, there should be an equivalent to "Shakespearean" for Michel de Montaigne, and the label to refer to essayists of his level. As with Shakespearean, you have to pay attention lest the dense, meaningful sentences fly past. And frankly, there are times, and moods, when he's too dense for me to appreciate, or I'm too dense and have to put him aside.Like another wonderful essayist, William Hazlitt, Montaigne often takes a circuitous path, following the associations of [...]

    • Hazel says:

      This little volume contains On Friendship and five or six other essays by de Montaigne. The initial paragraph drew me in.I was watching an artist on my staff working on a painting when I felt a desire to emulate him. The finest place in the middle of the wall he selects for a picture to be executed to the best of his ability; then he fills up the empty spaces all round it with grotesques, which are fantastical paintings whose attractiveness consists merely in variety and novelty. And in truth wh [...]

    • Valerie says:

      These essays show a shallow, self-absorbed aristocrat with time on his hands to remark upon things in which he has no great insight or understanding. Unpleasant and uninstructive reading.

    • umberto says:

      I bought this paperback last year at a Kinokuniya's Sales Promotion in Bangkok, I guessed no one paid any attention to it or few readers read Montaigne nowadays. This Penguin book's in the Great Ideas series, thus, there're 7 essays selected from his "The Complete Essays" translated by M. A. Screech whose translation, I think, is more enjoyable to read than the Donald M. Frame's.I'd like to call these essays as a series of the great books since the year, 1580, on its cover should denote somethin [...]

    • Ledese says:

      I couldn't help saying "What a misogynist!" out loud while I was reading this book. I seriously didn't know Montaigne had such stone-age views on women.Sure, there were some great observations and concepts most of which were really spot on, but I couldn't really enjoy them because of all the lady-hating bits. It was as if he couldn't control himself at every 2nd or 3rd page and blurted out offensive nuggets of some so-called wisdom.I know I know, "At that time, these were the common ideas of eve [...]

    • Saba Akbarpouran says:

      عشقی را که به مرز دوستی برسد،آن جا که دوتن به یک آهنگ پیش روند،رمق نمی ماند و نفس می برد.تب عشق را لذت وصل فرو می نشاتد،زیرا تنی که به آن تشنه بود سیراب می شود.از دوستی اما،هر چه کام بیابیم،باز کام می جوییم.در همین عیش مدام است که دوستی می بالد و استوار می گردد،زیرا این شرب جان اس [...]

    • Sahar says:

      ممنون خانم قدکپور به خاطر این ترجمه‌ی بی‌نظیر

    • Mohamad says:

      ممكنه تمام زندگی به یک امتداد بی پایان از یك رخداد تبدیل بشه. دقیقا مثل زندگی مونتنی پس از آشنایی اش با لابوئسی. جایی مونتنی میگه" دوستی و صمیمیت بین ما چنان كامل و استوار بود كه یقین دارم تنها معدودی حتی می توانند داستان چنین رفاقتی را شنیده باشند". و بعد حرفی میزنه كه میشه باها [...]

    • Nazim B. says:

      The "Great Ideas" series from Penguin Books has become my 'before-bed' books. This book is one of them.

    • Charlotte Dann says:

      Misogyny! But also contemporary, relatable wisdom. Video review.

    • David says:

      I knew nothing of Michel de Montaigne other than his name. After reading this little gem, I can say I enjoyed his simple, down-to-earth philosophy. Although the title suggests a treatis on friendship (which is very well stated), there is also material on being a father and on moderation. Surprisingly, very little seems dated and one can live with what he suggest as good advice. He backs up his claims with endless Greek and Latin scholars (Plato to Seneca) and even mentions the recent, bloody end [...]

    • Daniel Wright says:

      If I'm honest, I wasn't prepared to like Montaigne before I started, and this little book did nothing to overturn my prejudice. He is so unspeakably smug he makes Richard Dawkins look like a wilting violet.

    • Liz Polding says:

      Interesting, but the fairly relentless misogyny got up my nose rather and clouded my judgement. Of its time in that regard, I suppose and there were some enlightened moments, such as the unusual (for the time) stance against the corporal punishment of children.

    • Greg Linster says:

      "On Friendship" is one of my favorite essays written by Michel de Montaigne.

    • Pam says:

      It's like taking a glimpse of the past through his thoughts and words albeit misogynistic in nature. Not a highly pleasurable read but I love his philosophy.

    • Hylke says:

      If you like your philosophy with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned 16th century sexism then this is the book for your

    • Rui Coelho says:

      I only liked the communist parts.

    • Emily says:

      It's fitting that the folks at Penguin chose the theme of friendship for their mini-collection of Montaigne essays (the fifth in their Great Ideas series), because at this point, after spending an academic year writing about the French essayist in a tight-knit group of collegiate buddies, and revisiting him with my blogging pals as part of my Essay Mondays project last year, I do indeed feel as if the man were an old friend of mine—warm and witty, occasionally exasperating but always a fascina [...]

    • Saul Souto says:

      Muy bueno. sus comentarios sobre su pésima memoria, me recordaron a mí :)Me gustaron particularmente el primer capítulo (de la amistad) y el último (sobre libros y lectura).

    • Violeta Petrovska says:

      За пријателството неможеше да биде помалку од 5 ѕвезди!!!

    • Bethany says:

      This would absolutely be five stars if not for the occasional really repugnant misogyny.What saved most of this for me, though, was actually one essay in particular from this mini-collection: "On the art of conversation." To me, it was more about persuasive conversations and specifically on leadership, but I can't really argue with Montaigne's titles for his own work. Some of my favorite quotes, some of which had me laughing out loud:"There is in truth no greater silliness, none more enduring, t [...]

    • Ruth says:

      This book, like all the Penguin Great Ideas books, is almost tiny enough to fit in your pocket- a big plus. The whole thing wasn't about friendship- it was just a bunch of essays about a variety of day-to-day topics, mostly about how to live. It was a little stodgy and, this guy doesn't seem too fond of women, but it held my interest. I did love the way he wrote about friendship with such a romantic tone: "We were seeking each other before we set eyes on each other"- that's the way I feel about [...]

    • Jonathan Rose says:

      Another interesting read by an equally interesting author. Montaigne is considered one of the most brilliant essayists to have ever lived, and it's not difficult to see why, and while he was still plagued by the blatant sexism that was so prevalent during his era, his knowledge was nonetheless wonderful to read, for it was, as is often the case with "brilliant philosophy" remarkably simple in its logic, a simplicity that is sorely needed in contemporary society, but then again, the more things a [...]

    • Matt Ryall says:

      De Montaigne weaves wise quotes from the ancients together with anecdotes from his time (late 16th century France) to advise us on how to view friendship, relationships between family members and the pursuit of learning. This book gives a huge number of launching points off into other literature through its hundreds of references.I found the shorter essays at the end of this collection much more enjoyable than the first eponymous one, On Friendship. I'd suggest skipping ahead to some of those if [...]

    • Lynne says:

      All that the reviewers said it was, it is. A set of philosophical essays on the nature of literary friendship relationships. It did have a section where he lit me up a bit - he wrote extremely well about how friendships can sometimes lead us astray, referencing the women in the movie Thelma and Louise - I had wished for more contemporary examples in the other sections. All in all, fine but not remarkable.

    • Cali says:

      I was so excited to read this book, then I read it and hated it. "Sexist pig" is the thought still running through my head. BUT! In trying to be objective--and forget the pointedly unkind thoughts on women as friends--I appreciated his thoughts. Who were all the women he met?! They all must have been horrible to make him form such an awful opinion of women as friends! Ugh!

    • Nia Nymue says:

      Montaigne's tone was very amusing - he is so egocentric. Perhaps I was only amused because I read with this in mind. He has some interesting things to say - like the other books in the Great Ideas series, it's not meant to be read at one go - or at least, I think it shouldn't be read in that way. It ought to be read in small doses, for you to digest and critically analyse.

    • David Williamson says:

      Not one of his most interesting essays, but due to my earlier rants on Plato's idea of friendship, love and desire, it was in fact totally necessary. Bad Plato! Naughty Plato!Montaigne seems to have brought some sesne to the subject.

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    • Eleni says:

      If you read only one Montaigne essay I think this might be the one.

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