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    There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    Does "There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life" mean "There Is far more than One Way to Live a Good Life"?

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    There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life
    Humanistic psychology is an uplifting, compassionate view of humanity
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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    The title doesn't have an intensifier, so far isn't justified in the paraphrase. It works fine other than that.
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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    I take 'no' to mean 'not only' there.
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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    User GoesStation is correct, of course. I would add that the original sentence is a contradiction of an unspoken prior opinion that there is only one way. With that in mind, you could say that it suggests that there are an infinite number of ways to live a good life.

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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    Does "There Is Not One Way to Live a Good Life" also work (fine)?

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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "There Is Not One Way to Live a Good Life" also work (fine)?
    No. This is a tricky bit of usage. "There is no one way" means it's not possible to define one certain way to live a good life. "There is not one way" suggests it's not possible to live a good life at all.

    Note that you can answer Yes, that's fine when asked if something's okay but it's not natural to ask "Is this fine?"
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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. This is a tricky bit of usage. "There is no one way" means it's not possible to define one certain way to live a good life. "There is not one way" suggests it's not possible to live a good life at all.
    Wow. Do you mean "There is not one way = There is no way"?

    An interesting nuance that should be keep in mind.

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    Re: There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

    I take it to mean 'There is not a way'.
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