We've been fans of The School of Life ever since they first started offering their classes, books and therapies back in 2008. So we were thrilled to work alongside them to bring you a new range of stationery products that are both highly useful and stimulating for the mind and eye. 

For those of you who haven't come across them yet, The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life’s big questions. How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Should relationships last a life time? They don’t claim to have all the answers, but will direct you towards a variety of useful ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish and console.

The products are available from the usual Polite stockists in the UK and will be available via our international stockists over the coming months. They're also available online via  www.theschooloflife.com  and our own website  here

Find out more below and see the full range by following  this link.


100 QUESTIONS:  A Toolkit for Conversations 

It isn’t easy to get into a good conversation. Many of our best ones seem to have happened by chance. Far from it! A great conversation always starts with someone asking a great question.

In this set of beautiful cards, you’ll find laid out a hundred of the very best questions around, carefully designed to get a group of people into exceptionally entertaining and meaningful conversations.

20 APHORISMS: Cards with Short Sentences & Large Truths  

Aphorisms are short, pithy statements designed to provoke a thrill of recognition at valuable, amusing, dark and perhaps awkward truths. We've printed twenty of our favourites from across history onto beautiful stiff grey A5 cards, ready to be sent to a friend or stuck on the fridge. A set of 20 of these aphorisms come in an attractive box, making for an ideal gift.

KEY WORD PENCILS:  Psychoanalysis, Literature, Art 

The School of Life tries to find answers to life's big questions through the use of culture, which includes academic disciplines like literature, art and psychoanalysis. These disciplines often work with some rather complicated words; beautiful, useful but perhaps slightly forbidding terms (like BATHOS or PROJECTION). 

We thought it would be helpful to emboss a selection of these words elegantly along some finely crafted pencils so that we'll get them more clearly in our minds while we write. We've packed 6 pencils into three boxes, each dedicated to an academic discipline, and containing a leaflet which perfectly explains what these words mean and why they matter. An ideal combination of the thought-provoking, the attractive and the useful.

MOOD BOOKS: Change and enhance your mood through art

Our best moods are often hard to get in touch with.  At The School of Life, we believe that great works of art can put us back in touch with our better selves.  So we've created some notebooks lavishly illustrated with paintings across their endpapers, each book containing one painting ideally suited to provoking a particular valuable mood and a caption highlighting its therapeutic potential. 

An image by Cy Twombly reminds us to be SCEPTICAL; we're invited to look at a painting by Katherine Campbell Pedersen as a conduit to being more PRODUCTIVE; and an exquisite work depicting the first cross-channel balloon crossing is a reminder of the importance of being DARING

A practical example of art therapy – and a stunning hard-backed notebook as well.

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT NOTEBOOKS: The Stoics, The Pessimists,  The Existentialists.

3 Notebooks, 3 Thinkers.

The history of philosophy is filled with some fascinating 'schools of thought' dedicated to tackling life's big problems in distinctive ways. We're especially keen on The Stoics (who know how to suffer), The Pessimists (who know how to sigh) and The Existentialists (who know about angst). 

In their honour, we've created exquisite notebooks set, each dedicated to a philosophical School of Thought. Each notebook carries an introduction to a great thinker on the inside front page, his name beautifully printed on the cover (we especially like Seneca and Heidegger) - and otherwise empty pages for your own projects.