6 thoughts on “Secret lives of the philosophers”

  1. I had always taken it as an inspiring remark, by someone with the authority of a genuinely unhappy life, about the consolations of philosophy — that it offers a kind of fulfillment that can compensate for, or even redeem (in this life), the unhappiness. But after reading the intense torment and self-loathing in the notebooks linked in the first comment above, and especially after seeing how mired in Christianity his attempts at self-improvement were, I’ve lost my faith in his assertion.

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  2. I’ve thought it was a remark calculated to put his friends’ minds at ease. But this only shows how out of touch he was with them, I think. No one (I’m guessing) could have thought he meant it when he said he had a wonderful life.

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