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With plenty of wit, Stevenson argues that, what’s more, spending time in what are considered by the mainstream to be idle pursuits is not at all wasteful and actually beneficial to her or him that engages in those pursuits. If they have to wait an idlets or so for a train, they fall into a stupid trance with their eyes open. This is a sobering reflection for the proudest of our earthly vanities.

His way takes him along a by-road, not much frequented, but very even and pleasant, which is called Commonplace Lane, and leads to the Belvedere of Commonsense. For you can get away with calling a selection of essays a complete book, even if it’s barely more than pages long; it has a very witty design the motif on the front cover only a quarter filled in ; and it is, after all, by RL Stevenson.

In sewn blue wraps with blue and yellow printing, 16mo, 16pp. Commentaries are copyrighted, but may be used with proper attribution. The absence of annotation or introduction, a policy decision designed to minimise the distance between text and reader and not at all, heaven forfend, for reasons of costcan have the unintended effect of making readers fr as if they have been thrown in at the deep end.

Instead, their idling brings them an open-mindedness, a natural cheer and a friendliness to whoever stands near.

Stevenson apart from this so far, but I’ll certainly make an effort to do so now. Similarly a bookworm is also like the Lady of Shallot, and he can never enjoy life which if full of experience and beauty of Nature.

An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson

The sweet songs of birds, the rustle of leaves and the murmuring sound of the flowing river and the breeze can give you food for thought. View all 8 comments. Alexander is touched in a very delicate place by the disregard of Diogenes.


Trivia About An Apology for Id That is, sir, because others being busy, we want company; but if we were idle, there would be no growing weary; we should all entertain one another. Sep 24, Idlerrs rated it really liked it. There kdlers a sort of dead-alive, hackneyed ilders about, who are scarcely conscious of living except in the exercise of some conventional occupation. Still, he has a sharp eye for the people, from the rapaciousness of the land’s new masters white Americansto the tragic circumstances of its original inhabitants Ohlone and related peopleto the reign and fall of those who came between Spanish, Mexican.

But this is a churlish disposition. Alexander is touched in a very delicate place by the disregard of Diogenes.

And meantime there goes the idler, who began life along with them—by your idlfrs, a different picture. Look at one of your industrious fellows for a moment, I beseech you.

An Apology for Idlers

Argonaut Book Shop Published: It is certain that much may be judiciously argued in favour of diligence; only there is something to be said against it, and that is what, on the present occasion, I have to say. Suffice it to say idles 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.

They have no curiosity; they cannot give themselves over to random provocations; they do not take pleasure in the exercise of their faculties for its own sake; and unless Necessity lays about them with a stick, they will even stand still.

Eighth Day Books Published: Jithin Shaji 20 November at Greener Books Ltd Published: Given that I bought the book as a guilt-reduction strategy, I can only give it 3 stars.

No trivia or quizzes yet. To be fair to Stevenson apoloby parts might have worked better if there were footnotes to provide an explanation for some of the more obscure cultural references.

Stevenson is the great “aye sayer”, capable of finding pleasure in the smallest things, even when he is contemplating “the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places” – “I am happier where it is tame and fertile, and not readily pleased without trees,” he says, but “wherever a man is, he will find something to please and pacify him To judge by those further through life, I fear that busyness may be my fate in life.


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Robert Louis Stevenson’s witty and seminal essay on the joys of idleness is accompanied here by his writings on, among other things, growing old, visiting unpleasant places and the overwhelming experience of falling in love. Color title page illustration, 5 small text illustrations. Offering great literature and great design at great prices, this series is ideal for readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.

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 with clever people, but all the time they were thinking of their own affairs. It is our willingness to digress that makes us more than machines, and our delight in the moment that gives life its savour.

An Apology For Idlers by Stevenson, Robert Louis

Notify me of new posts apologh email. It must have been a very foolish old gentleman who addressed Johnson at Oxford in these words: Finally Stevenson points out that Nature does not care for the life of a single individual. We grow weary when idle. Glen Head, New York: Lawton Kennedy did not establish his own printing business until A worthwhile read and one to come back to every so often.

They would be happier if he were dead. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Let him only look ixlers it in the right spirit, and he will surely find.

Diogenes replied that if Alexander moved a little away from the spot, Diogenes could continue to enjoy the sunlight. You are commenting using your WordPress.