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An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson. Nicholas Lezard is cheered up by a collection of uplifting essays from a true optimist. For the true bibliophile and design-savvy book lover, here is the next set of Penguin’s celebrated Great Ideas series by some of history’s most. An Apology for Idlers is a thought-provoking essay. It is full of humour, wit and irony. It is written by Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a great.

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This was a great idea. View all 8 comments. If he finds no out-of-the-way truths, he will identify himself with no very burning falsehood.

“An apology for idlers” by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature.

Summary Discuss Reviews 0 For the true bibliophile and design-savvy book lover, here is the next set of Penguin’s celebrated Great Ideas series by some of history’s most innovative thinkers. Either he absents himself entirely from idldrs fellowship, and lives a recluse in a garret, with carpet slippers and a leaden inkpot; or he comes among people swiftly and bitterly, in a contraction of his whole nervous system, to discharge some temper before he returns to work.

Alexander is touched in a very delicate place by the disregard of Diogenes. The book contains reflections by an intelligent man of the world and some insight into the times he lived in. In school or college, these people islers set their eyes on medals and after leaving college, they think of only themselves. Let him only look for it in the right spirit, and he will surely find. If they have to wait an hour or so for a train, they fall into a stupid trance with apoloyy eyes open.

I think it was nature imagery or something. It also didn’t give any explanation of how anyone should fund an idler’s lifestyle, but I suppose it never claimed to. Showing best matches Show all copies. Light rubbing to spine, boards slightly faded, but a fine copy. A scarce Roycrofters publication done post-humously, two years after the death of their founder Elbert Hubbard and shortly before the demise of the press.


An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson

And yet you see merchants who go and labour themselves into a great fortune and thence into the bankruptcy court; scribblers who keep scribbling at little articles until their temper is a cross to all who come about them, as though Pharaoh should set the Israelites to make a pin instead of a pyramid: Justification of taking your time in the road to creativity, but with the end goal in mind, as he says: You could not be put in prison for speaking against industry, but you can be sent to Coventry for speaking like a fool.

It is onl Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish paology, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He contemplates, and cheekily revels in, the resentment of the industrious for wpology “cool persons in the meadows by the wayside, lying with a handkerchief over their ears and a glass at their elbow. Falstaff is not very honest and a drunkard. By never being too committed to one thing, they never learn the intolerance of the expert.

An apology for idlers

An industrious man is not happy if his hard work and achievements are not approved by people around him. This knowledge is better than that of school or college. S 18 November at This site uses cookies. One can obtain wisdom by enjoying the beauty of Nature. udlers

So he can make others happy. Because of that I did enjoy the book – it is fun – even if it didn’t particularly blow my mind. Jithin Shaji 20 November at Saint Beuve the great French writer said that experience of life is a single great book. Topics Fiction Nicholas Lezard’s apoloby.

To judge by those further through life, I fear that busyness may be my fate in life. Moreover, I lie here, by this water, to learn by root-of-heart a lesson which my master teaches me to call Peace, or Contentment. Watson aka umberto rated it liked it Shelves: Hardcover, rubbed at spine ends and corners, marbled boards, clean text with slightly browned pages, 1 of printed copies. Quotidiana is an online anthology of “classical” essays, from antiquity to the early twentieth century.


Stevenson says that an idler can give more pleasure than a busy industrious man because the mind of the busy man is full of many plans and works to be done. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Would you not suppose these persons had been whispered, by the Master of the Ceremonies, the promise of some momentous destiny? Purchase books by our featured essayists at our Amazon store.

Argonaut Book Shop Published: Robert Louis Stevenson’s witty and seminal essay on the joys of idleness is accompanied here by his apollogy on, among other things, growing old, visiting unpleasant places and the overwhelming experience of falling in love.

Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle: She is the great patriot of France. I was going to write a review for this book but now I can’t be bothered. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Reading Stevenson’s essays is nothing so much like having a stroll in the company of an amiable and witty companion, the kind you want to do all the talking, not because he’s so much cleverer than you, but because he notices the little things you might not have thought worth describing yourself.

Suffice it to say this: A happy man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note.