The Beginner's Guide to Living

The Beginner's Guide to Living

Book - 2010
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Struggling to cope with his mother's sudden death and growing feelings of isolation from his father and brother, seventeen-year-old Will turns to philosophy for answers to life's biggest questions, while finding some solace in a new love.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374306595
0374306591
Characteristics: 221 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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GemGemm
Dec 19, 2011

If life could be explained in one sentence, it would contain no words. (p.132)

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GemGemm
Dec 19, 2011

If I were to stop breathing now, because that's all it takes, isn't it, the stopping of breath? One lifetime extinguished. So fragile. If I were to stop, my body would drop to the floor, and I'd still seem the same for a while, as if asleep. I can imagine it if I concentrate, and visualize my body slumped on the floor, as if every part of me has been waiting all this time to become a part of something else, to remember what it once was. (p.121)

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Dec 19, 2011

'Why are we so afraid of dying, when we're losing bits of ourselves all the time.' -Will 'Maybe it's because it's only when we lose something suddenly that we notice,' she says. 'We don't see the small deaths. Though, I believe some part of you never dies.' -Taryn (p.97)

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Dec 19, 2011

Modern society seems to me a celebration of all the things that lead away from the truth - Rinpoche (p.92)

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Dec 19, 2011

Plato said that what we desire in those we love is some level of perfection that we don't see in ourselves. They fill us with the belief that the world could be a better place. (p.61)

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