The Art of Living Long by Louis CornaroSixteenth century Venetian Ambassador and Renaissance Christian Luigi Cornaro was celebrated in his time for his stance on dietary self-restraint, moderate living, and living to the age of 103. For these hundred of years his classic book has survived as a renowned text on longevity and an inspiring treatise on the path of temperance that the author believed could lead anyone out of a state of illness and into a healthy long life. The Art of Living Long contains Cornaros four discourses, respectively concerned with demonstrating his ideas through his own example, exploring the necessity of temperate habits, assuring a happy old age, and exhorting mankind to follow his rule. With introductions by Dr. Gerald Gruman and Joseph Addison, and additional essays by Lord Bacon and Sir William Temple.
The Art of Living Long : A New and Improved English Version of the Treatise
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These gentlemen are all acquainted with my age, and with my manner and habits of living, and know how full I am of cheerfulness and health. They know, too, that all my senses are in perfect condition—as also are my memory, my heart, and my mind—and that this is equally true of even my voice and my teeth. Nor are they ignorant of the fact that I constantly write, and with my own hand, eight hours a day, and always on subjects profitable to the world; and, in addition to this, that I walk and sing for many other hours. With pardonable pride, the ninety-one-year old Luigi Cornaro thus introduces the theme of the third Discourse of his La Vita Sobria The Temperate Life , to one of its intended recipients, his friend, the Patriarch of Aquileia, in By now affectionately known and venerated as the Apostle of Senescence, and thereafter as the Venetian Centenarian, Luigi Cornaro had already led a long life of health and vigor unusual in his time or ours. He had written the famous first and second Discourses of La Vita Sobria at the ages of eighty-three and eighty-six respectively, and would go on to write a fourth Discourse further expatiating the virtues of a temperate life at the age of ninety-five.