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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I did not realize that my mother had given me one thing that was going to be
useful all the rest of my life. She had made me learn French before I learned
English by the simple device of providing me with a French nurse. I learned both
When they stop using it, the reason, too often, is that no one bothered to answer
them, no one tried to keep alive one of the most important attributes a person can
have: interest in the world around him. No one fostered and cultivated the child's
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 ...
As I came into the living room for tea one afternoon while we were there, she
looked up and said, “There's one question I have always wanted to ask some
American. Will you please explain the relationship between your states and your
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