A very interesting little book on what it takes to live and develop a successful intellectual life, touching on everything from organising one’s life, when to work, how to work, what work should be done and how to rest effectively.
A prominent theme throughout is that a flourishing intellectual life can be had with 2 hours of dedicated concentration a day. Whether you spend that 2 hours writing, studying or simply thinking is up to you and what you value. However given 2 hours of dedicated effort you can achieve great intellectual feats, regardless of whether your intellectual inclinations are professional or of a hobbyist nature.
Two notable quotes:
“The reward of a work is to have produced it; the reward of effort is to have grown by it”
“As life giving as is solitude, so paralysing and sterilising is isolation”