17 Life-Learnings From a Contemporary Philosopher


Maria Popova is a thinker, philosopher, and writer who inspires me every week with her “personal record of reckoning with our search for meaning.”

Her website and newsletter, The Marginalian, turned seventeen years old this week, and Maria shared with her readers seventeen of the most important things she has learned—one for each year.

I’m sharing her list with you. Click here.

Many of her learnings are wise, and some of them speak to me in especially poignant ways, from #1: Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind; to #5: You are the only custodian of your own integrity; to #17: Everything is eventually recompensed, every effort of the heart eventually requited, though not always in the form you imagined or hoped for.

I hope you find these ideas useful and insightful. And while you’re on her website, you can subscribe to her weekly and midweek newsletters. Reading Maria can bring out the thinker and philospher in all of us.

By David Klein

David Klein

Published novelist, creative writer, journalist, avid reader, discriminating screen watcher.


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