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I was wandering through the upper gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as one does when one has a few hours to while away before catching a London flight, when my eye was taken by a painting of the death of Socrates.

It wouldn't, I realised, be warmly greeted by the hoi polloi who would see such an undertaking as smug and effete, but does not Plato teach us that it's OK to be unpopular? My mind turned to objects of desire. Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money?

Even so, I sometimes feel frustrated when things don't go my way. Why is my philosophy series only being shown on Channel 4 and not on BBC1? At times like this, I turn to Seneca. Who else? A long time ago when L and I were travelling through the Minho, I had a bad case of detumescence when we were making love. We both consoled ourselves with Montaigne's wise words on inadequacy, but I would like to reassure my female readers it has never happened again.

For some strange reason, I think of a broken heart. Imagine, if you will, a man who meets a woman on a train who reminds him of a strangely moving picture in a Danish museum. They begin to talk and she agrees to have dinner. He invites her to stay the night but she says she has to get up early the next morning to go to Frankfurt.

This man is NOT me. I would have been reading Schopenhauer. Five philosophers does not a book or TV series make. I needed a sixth. But it was difficult to think of one. In a flash of inspiration, I thought of Nietzsche, the patron saint of difficulties. Hadn't I known acute difficulties in my life? Hadn't I struggled to the summit of Piz Corvatsch, high above the Engadine valleys, to read a quote from Nietzsche that I had written on an envelope from the Hotel Edelweiss in Sils-Maria to the wind and the rocks?

And if you really are pressed - the digested read, digested: Just call it The Little Book of Calm for the chattering classes. Topics Books Digested read. Philosophy books Alain de Botton.

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I was wandering through the upper gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as one does when one has a few hours to while away before catching a London flight, when my eye was taken by a painting of the death of Socrates. It wouldn't, I realised, be warmly greeted by the hoi polloi who would see such an undertaking as smug and effete, but does not Plato teach us that it's OK to be unpopular? My mind turned to objects of desire. Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money? Even so, I sometimes feel frustrated when things don't go my way.

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