Praise for the little virtues a stunning tour de force the little virtues is a credo of undaunted idealism the new york times book review there is one book which has meant more to me than any other the little virtues by the italian novelist essayist playwright short story writer translator and political activist natalia . The little virtues by natalia ginzburg is a short collection of essays that contains thought provoking observations on topics such as domestic life raising children relationships as well as beautiful insights from past experiences her homeland and her call to write vocation. These little virtues then this little book pack a tremendous punch by loving life ginzburg suggests by working with love and enthusiasm by embracing the homeliest details of daily existence with astonishment and joy we may legitimately hope to conquer or at least break even against the worldly and leaden forces of materialism and fear. As far as the education of children is concerned states natalia ginzburg in this collection of her finest and best known short essays i think they should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money not caution but courage and a contempt for danger not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth not tact but a love . In doing this we are choosing the easiest way because the little virtues do not involve any actual dangers indeed they provide shelter from fortunes blows we do not bother to teach the great virtues though we love them and want our children to have them
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