You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
Harper Collins, 2011 M04 26 - 224 pages
From one of the world’s most celebrated and admired public figures, a wise and intimate book on how to get the most of out life.
Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each new thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the world’s best loved and most admired public figures, offers a wise and intimate guide on how to overcome fears, embrace challenges as opportunities, and cultivate civic pride: You Learn by Living. A crucial precursor to better-living guides like Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening or Robert Persig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, as well as political memoirs such as John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the First Lady’s illuminating manual of personal exploration resonates with the timeless power to change lives.
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One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new
interests. They come to you. They will gravitate as automatically as the needle to
the north. Somehow, it is unnecessary, in any cold-blooded sense, to sit down ...
I told him I thought we had come out about even. This part of learning—learning
as you go—gives life its salt. And this, too, comes back primarily to interest. You
must be interested in anything that comes your way. Right here, some of you will
... flexibility of mind, that hospitality toward new ideas, we will be able to welcome
the new flow of thought from wherever it comes, not resisting it; weighing and
evaluating and exploring the strange new concepts that confront us at every turn.
Along with the stimulus of good talk, of the education that comes almost
unconsciously from casual discussion of books read, from a gradual knowledge
of music heard as part of daily life, there is also the great value of surrounding a
child with ...