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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (1910)

by Arnold Bennett

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Bennett address the problem of never having enough time. In this book, he urges hourly workers to use "spare" time to improve their lives, making the best of their time outside of work. He understands that most people are spending as much time as possible working to make more money, thus disliking their lives. "Time is money" seriously understates this matter, more time can generate more money, but money cannot buy you more time… (more)

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I enjoy reading books written 100 years ago. The writing style is delightfully different, and it is intriguing how words have changed. Not to mention attitudes. Nowadays, a book with this title would tell us how easy it is, and cheer us on - "you can do it." Not this book. It was written when cheerleading was not the self-help style.

After bantering the reader for a while, he gets around to some suggestions. For those who don't like his suggestions, he has other suggestions. In any case, mind control is the key to happiness. He advocates spending half of the evenings of the week in developing the mind. He gives some suggestions on how to train the mind. Even if you like literature don't just read. There needs to be thinking involved. And if you enjoy reading, it should not just be novels. To him, poetry is "the highest form of literature." It might take a while before I want to read poetry. Alas, my education did not cultivate that interest.

CONTENTS
PREFACE
I THE DAILY MIRACLE
II THE DESIRE TO EXCEED ONE'S PROGRAMME
III PRECAUTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING
IV THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLE
V TENNIS AND THE IMMORTAL SOUL
VI REMEMBER HUMAN NATURE
VII CONTROLLING THE MIND
VIII THE REFLECTIVE MOOD
IX INTEREST IN THE ARTS
X NOTHING IN LIFE IS HUMDRUM
XI SERIOUS READING
XII DANGERS TO AVOID
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  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
This is a beautiful little book.

It's pithy, blunt and eminently practical.

The lessons in the book are extremely valuable today. I will buy the print version as soon as possible ( )
  RajivC | May 8, 2020 |
Everyone should devote the hour that it takes to reading this book. Perspective is amazing. ( )
  tertullian | Jan 22, 2019 |
A weird little book, but an entertaining read.
  dandantheman | Jul 21, 2018 |
really, a serious attempt to provide tips for getting more out of your 24 hours; very 1908 intensity ( )
  margaretfield | May 30, 2018 |
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Bennett address the problem of never having enough time. In this book, he urges hourly workers to use "spare" time to improve their lives, making the best of their time outside of work. He understands that most people are spending as much time as possible working to make more money, thus disliking their lives. "Time is money" seriously understates this matter, more time can generate more money, but money cannot buy you more time

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