Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God by Will Durant

By Will Durant

Praised as a “revelatory” e-book by means of The Wall highway Journal, this can be the final and such a lot own paintings of Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and historian Will Durant, came across thirty-two years after his death.

The end result of Will Durant’s sixty-plus years spent learning the philosophies, religions, arts, sciences, and civilizations from internationally, Fallen Leaves is the distilled knowledge of 1 of the world’s maximum minds, a guy with a well known expertise for rendering the insights of the previous obtainable. Over the process Durant’s profession he obtained a number of letters from “curious readers who've challenged me to talk my brain at the undying questions of human existence and fate.” With Fallen Leaves, his ultimate publication, he eventually permitted their challenge.

In twenty-two brief chapters, Durant addresses every thing from formative years and outdated age to faith, morals, intercourse, warfare, politics, and paintings. Fallen Leaves is “a thought-provoking array of opinions” (Publishers Weekly), supplying based prose, deep insights, and Durant’s revealing conclusions concerning the perennial difficulties and maximum joys we are facing as a species. In Durant’s singular voice, here's a message of perception for everybody who has ever sought that means in existence or the information of a discovered pal whereas navigating life’s trip.

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We can always imagine something worse and we can always imagine something better, as well. But neither changes the intrinsic goodness or badness of what is. The fact that we can imagine something worse doesn’t make what is, intrinsically better than it is, just as the fact that we can imagine something better doesn’t make what is, intrinsically worse than it is. Something can be terrible even though there are worse things. ” “I question the purpose, after the fact, of speculating on ‘the most realistic alternative’ to her death.

I want to go on with my life and be happy and feel like a good person, but I’m so upset, so distraught. I can’t forget the past, I don’t even want to forget it, but I feel that no matter what I do, I’ll never be happy, that it’s too late for that, that the past will always ‘cast a pall over my future,’ that what I’ve lost and know another to have lost will always trouble me. I’m not even sure that I wish to recover. “The way I’ve been feeling reminds me of some things I’ve read about John Lennon.

Jeff sighed and turned toward Connie. “When you heard of your dad’s death you had to travel, all alone, halfway around the world. ” “It was miserable,” Connie confirmed. ” Jeff exclaimed, but then continued with a restrained, however somber, tone. “One of the many things upon which I have focused my grief is an afghan she hadn’t finished. She knitted beautiful afghans you know. That particular unfinished project haunts me. Actually, another person finished the afghan, in a cursory manner. Mom had made so many afghans that another wasn’t needed.

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