The Consolations of Philosophy
A thought provoking book by citing the stories of six great philosophers. Consolation of Unpopulalrity, on Socrates, provides a good case study of critical thinking.The second section, Consolation for Not Having Enough Money, is real inspiring when
real inspiring when Epicurus said "the desire for riches should perhaps not always be understood as a simple hunger for a luxurious life, a more important motive might be the wish to be appreciated and treated nicely." This is the same insight as provided by "Wellbeing" of Tom Rath!
The next one, Consolation of Frustration, cites Seneca who proposed one main cause of frustration: mismatch of reality and expectation. It reminds me another book "the five things we cannot change"
However, the next two, consolation of inadequacy and a broken heart, on Montaigne and Schopenhauer respectively, are rather boring.
The last one, consolation of difficulties on Nietzsche, is quite insightful. It states that the sources of our greatest jous lying awkwardly close to those of our greatest pains. Just like you have to endure when you have to climb up the summit. Or to use the word of Montaigne, the art of living lies in finding uses for our adversities.