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loafingcactus loafingcactus said: " Montaigne would have hated this book--a derivative commentary--but at the pace of our world how else can we live? It is not for us to hole up in a tower and read, and for only 1,000 books to be a grand library.

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"I read this book once before, but I want to make sure it sinks into my life so this year I have scheduled out reading one chapter (which in this book is one life lesson) per week." Jan 17, 2016 01:06PM

 
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"I've chosen a few books to read over the course of 2016, dividing them up by week so the progress and end is in sight. I read some portion of this book in the past, but never finished it. This year I will!" Jan 17, 2016 01:05PM

 
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