You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
Harper Collins, 26.04.2011. - 224 страница
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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They are also the qualities that enable us to continue to grow as human beings to
the last day of our life, and to continue to learn. By learning, of course, I mean a
great deal more than so-called formal education. Nobody can learn all he needs
Nothing alive can stand still, it goes forward or back. Life is interesting only as
long as it is a process of growth; or, to put it another way, we can grow only as
long as we are interested. For some years now there has been considerable
Indeed, without interest, it is almost impossible to continue to learn; certainly, it is
impossible to continue to grow. Now and then, I am surprised to read of the death
of someone I have known, because I thought he or she had died long ago.
Without those qualities she could never have managed to continue to grow and
to increase in depth of understanding. Nor could she have been, as she was, in
spite of crippling handicaps, a happy woman. Her younger sister, Mrs. Douglas ...
I think a child is particularly fortunate if he grows up in a family where his
imagination can be fed, where there are a variety of intellectual interests, where
someone loves music, or does amateur painting, or is engrossed in literature,