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Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live

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A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the New York Times–bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .
Daniel Klein’s fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular books Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . and Travels with Epicurus co
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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نویسنده ای آشنا و علاقه مند به فلسفه، بریده هایی از فلاسفه و متفکران معروف مرتبط با فهم آنها از معنای زندگی را در دفترچه یادداشت های شخصی می یابد. یادداشت هایی که در طول سالها به مناسبت های مختلف و در مواجهه با اتفاق های گوناگون نوشته شده اند. این بریده ها سرآغازی می شوند برای تامل بیشتر در این متون، از سوی نویسنده ای که در حدود هشتاد سالگی می تواند دوباره افکارش را بازخوانی کند و معنای چنین بریده هایی را با تجربه زندگی اش بازگو کند

تا اینجای قضیه خوب است، متونی شناخته شده از نویسندگانی همچو شوپن
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I am fascinated by the questions philosophers raise and the answers that they offer. They bewitch me. But at the same time, I am skeptical of any philosopher who thinks he knows any absolute answer. I gather that this sequence – question, answer, skeptical response to answer….next question, please – is what professional philosophers do full time. It is like taking a hair-raising spin in a racing car only to discover that the roadway is a Mobuis strip”

Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They
I was excited by the premise of this book: a collection of epithets and quotes from the history of philosophy that examines the meaning of life. This hodgepodge, associative use of philosophy is my milieu, and I looked forward to reading the commentary by an experienced academic philosopher of these suited-for-popularization quotes. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It took me a while to figure out why I didn't like the book, but I sorted it out only a few pages before the author told me: the c ...more
Mehdi EbrahimZadeh
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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هربار که معنی زندگی را فهمیدم، عوضش کردند؛ دانیل مارتین کلاین در این کتاب جملات قصاری را که طی چندین سال از فلاسفه گوناگون و با موضوعات گوناگون جمعآوری کرده، نقل میکند و سپس به نقد و بررسی آنها میپردازد.
کلام و بیان عامهپسندانه و همچنین اضافه کردن چاشنی طنز در توضیحاتش، سبب شده حتی کسانی که علاقهمند فلسفه نیستند هم از خواندن این کتاب لذت ببرند.
شاید در نگاه اول، با توجه به حجم کم، کتابی به نظر برسد که در یک یا دو روز و حداکثر چند ساعت مطالعه پایان یابد، اما اینطور نیست؛ نمیتوانید بندی از این کتاب
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اين اثر از دانيل كلاين در واقع مرور دفترچه جملات قصار او بعد پنجاه سال است، وي دانش آموخته ي فلسفه بوده و در دوران جواني جملات قصاري از فلاسفه كه بر او تاثير گذار بود در دفترچه اي يادداشت كرده بود، نويسنده در ميانسالي توضيحاتي درباره اين جملات داده و تاثير آن را بر بينش خود بيان كرده است، نوشته هايي از فيلسوفان يوناني تا نويسندگان معاصر درباره ي معناي زندگي تا مكتبهاي فلسفي، در اين اثر ديده ميشود
از جمله:
" هركاري را طوري انجام بده كه انگار قرار است آخرين كاري باشد كه در زندگي ات انجام ميدهي" مار
Amirmohammad Ghorbani
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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اول بگویم که مترجم عالی عمل کرده است. من قبلا از حسین یعقوبی، ترجمهی کتاب خرمگس و زنستیز را خوانده بودم که آن هم عالی بود. این کتاب نیز، ترجمهای تطبیق یافته با زبان ما داشت.
برای مثال، این عبارت را ببینید:

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them
Ralph Waldo Emerson

یکی از خوبیهای رفقای قدیمی و صمیمی این است که شما میتوانید پیش آنها، خودِ خرتان باشید.
رالف والدو امرسون، ترجمهی حسین یعقوبی

اما در مورد خود کتاب:

کتاب، بسط داده شدهی دفترچهای است که نویسنده در جو
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کتابی بسیار ساده، خوشخوان و سرگرم کننده..

من اساسا کتاب های فانتزی با تم فلسفه رو دوست دارم..

واقعا و بی اغراق از لذت بخش ترین و جمع و جورترین کتاب هایی بود که تاکنون خوانده ام..

اگر دنبال مفاهیم عمیق فلسفی هستید، سراغ این کتاب نرید..
من تصور می کنم این کتاب حتا به درد کسانی هم که آشنایی ابتدایی با فلسفه ندارند نمیخوره..

یک کتاب تفریحی_فلسفیه واقعا..

بیش تر میشه ازش لذت برد، تا این که آموخت.

البته جملات قصار و مفاهیم قابل تامل هم توش کم نیست..

نهایتا یه کتاب ذوقیه که ب
Smitha Murthy
Daniel Klein sounds like the sort of guy I would want to have long conversations with and discuss the deepest crappiest parts of life with. Don't get me wrong - Klein is over 80 and happily married! But in writing this book with such wry humor, Daniel Klein has managed to do something that is considered well nigh impossible - make philosophy readable and accessible to the 'common' reader who doesn't have a Doctorate in Philosophy.

'Every Time I Find The Meaning Of Life, They Change It' is a colle
Po Po
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
You may ask yourself: "What's this book about?!"

ALL THE -isms!

logical positivism,
hedonism, and more.

Lots of breadth, but not much depth.

Skims the surface. Easy, breezy, highly accessible material. Klein presents his favorite philosophical quotations and discusses each in turn.

Klein's furtherance of the spurious opinion that "atheism is a religion" prompted me to deduct a star.

Damon Gubler
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This book gave me a lot of different ideas to think on without having to think on what the author is trying to say. I like my philosophy spoon-fed to me.
Laurent Franckx
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, who needs another self-help book recycling simplified ideas of ancient philosophers, I hear some people asking. But the specificity of this charming little book is precisely that it is not conceived as a self-help book at all, at least not as most people would interpret the concept. No one-size-fits-all recommendations on how Socrates can help you deal with you mortgage and Spinoza solves your relational issues. Klein has just collected a series of quotes from great philosophers, discusses ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب خوبیه تقریباً
بخونید ش😅
نثر روانی داره و به هیچ وجه پیچیدگی نداده

دارم به این نتیجه میرسیم اینکه نویسنده ها خوب انتهای کتاب رو نمیبندن، شاید به دلیل این باشه که واقعاً به نظر شون دچار پدیده ی والایی نیستند در بیان مطلب عنوان شده در کتاب
Peter Upton
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf
As someone who has lost their son I nearly threw this book away after the second line of page one when I read there, 'remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.' I am glad I didn't.
I am now reading this for the second time and had to stop to give it 5 stars from my earlier miserly 4 stars. This is an exquisitely written book that I want to copy pages of quotes from but I will resist and leave you to read my earlier review below.

This is a thought provoking book
Amber Garabrandt
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am very glad that I chose this book from First To Read. I have never actually studied philosophy, I have been interested but always felt that it might be, well, above me. Daniel Kline seems to have taken all his favorite bits from years and years of studying into... let's call them Kline Notes. It makes it easier, more accessible to the masses. I already have several names that I will be looking into for further information. That said, it may be misleading to label this as humor. Many of the p ...more
Hamid Isfahani
زندگي بدون تفكر مطمئناً ارزش زيستن دارد اما آيا تفكر درباره شيوه زندگي كه هيچ گاه تجربه اش نميكنيد ارزشي دارد؟
ويليام جيمز فيلسوف قرن بيست
زندگي من سرشار از بدبختيها و مصايب هولناكي بود كه تقريباً هيچكدامشان رخ نداد
ميشل دومونتاني فيلسوف قرن شانزده
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is a nice, easy philosophy book for a broad audience. There are little chapters which start with short quotes from various philosophers followed by thoughts on the topics. I was introduced to a couple of writers I want to check out and reminded of some others I need to revisit. I recommend it for those who don't know yet that they like philosophy.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هر بخش از کتاب با یک جمله قصار از فلاسفه که نویسندهی هفتاده پنج ساله آن در دوران جوانی آنرا در دفترچه ای که به تازگی پیدایش کرده و مینوشته آغاز می شود؛ نویسنده ابتدا با آشنایی مختصری در مورد دیدگاه و جهان بینی فیلسوف به تاثیر پذیری خودش از آن قصار فلسفی در دوران جوانی میپردازد و سپس نظر شخصیاش را که اغلب با یک مثال همراه است حالا که هفتاد و اندی سال عمر کرده بیان می کند. ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every time I listened to this audiobook, I changed my mind back and forth regarding whether I liked it or not!

This book is a venture into philosophical literature with the aim of finding the meaning of life. While in the end the author confesses that no one can in fact find a definite meaning for life.

The book is well-written with an interesting structure. The author used to keep a notebook of his favorite philosophy quotes and now after 40 years, he reopens this notebook and starts contemplatin
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is an entertaining walk through the axioms and quotes that this philosopher gleaned along his career, including what they meant to him at the time and how those thoughts and philosophies developed over time and experience. It is a fun sort of primer for the many philosophical approaches in the field and how one's life may determine its efficacy and applicability in one's world view. The style of the writing is almost stream of consciousness, hitting on themes that struck his fancy over ...more
خواندنی بود و روان. آنقدر روان که هی باید روند خواندم رو قطع میکردم تا بیشتر فکر کنم
قطعا کتابیه که ارزش خواندن رو داره. شاید بهانهای باشه برای مطالعه و اندیشیدن جدیتر دربارهٔ مطالب بحث شده
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The world is a den of thieves, and night is falling. Evil breaks its chains and runs through the world like a mad dog. The poison affects us all. No one escapes. Therefore let us be happy while we are happy. Let us be kind, generous, affectionate, and good. It is necessary and not at all shameful to take pleasure in the little world.”

This book was just what I needed, I haven’t read a book like this in a while and I was skeptical if I would even finish it, or if I would find it boring but I lik
Carly Ingalls
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The honesty and introspection in this book make it well worth a read. It represents both youthful naivete and the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was really excited to read this book. There is a tl;dr at the end, but here's my disappointment:

From orgies to prozac, Mr. Klein loves to philosophise about topics he clearly has no experience in.

I let it slide when he talked about threesomes as a mere hedonistic pleasure, and I got a little ticked at the chapter on prescribing antidepressants to otherwise healthy people because, according to Mr. Kline, antidepressants simply make people happier, whether or not those people suffer from the a
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the gentle humor dispersed throughout the various schools of philosophy. Other than that, I would not go running out any time soon for another book on philosophy as one it is a bit too 'high brow ' for me, and atom splitting. Secondly a great deal of the respected and quoted philosophers are atheists and agnostics and that is not a direction I wish to go.

I know someone who has a MA in philosophy and up until now I was quite amazed at her smarts, while I having just a lowly MA in Educatio
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Not often can a single quote incapsulate an entire book.

"the man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no question, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected...
Trevor Sherman
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as good as I was hoping . To much reminiscing about why this quote is important to him and stuff like that. the whole book is basically the author reading a journal of quotes he wrote 40 years ago and what he wrote about them at the time and then telling if he still feels that way or not now that he is in his 80s. the same author did Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . it was much better well not much better but better
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I have rated this middle of the road because I'm not sure if I enjoyed it or not ! At times I was overwhelmed by it, almost swamped by the content. But I was fascinated and kept coming back to it.. Having no formal background to the world of philosophy it stretched my reading and thinking capacity and that is a good thing .
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
More amusing than profound. Full of great quotes, though!
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was such an inspiring book with many quotes to reflect on. I also wrote a lot of them down in my own "pithies notebook" as well.
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Daniel Klein is the co-author of the international bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. He is a Harvard graduate in philosophy and an acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction. When not enjoying the slow life on Greek islands, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife. He is seventy-five years old.
“I wonder if I have a problem. I definitely have a tendency to seek spiritual inspiration from super-rational thinkers rather than from rabbis and priests and theologians.” 3 likes
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