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If one can't contrive to live on a certain income of money, one earns a little more-or steals it, or advertises for it. One doesn't necessarily muddle one's life because one can't quite manage on a thousand pounds a year; one braces the muscles and makes it guineas, and balances the budget. But if one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cIf one can't contrive to live on a certain income of money, one earns a little more-or steals it, or advertises for it. One doesn't necessarily muddle one's life because one can't quite manage on a thousand pounds a year; one braces the muscles and makes it guineas, and balances the budget. But if one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one's life definitely. The supply of time, though gloriously regular, is cruelly restricted. from "How to Live on 24 Hours a Day" The lesson to be learnt from the practical aviation of the present day is that of the triumph of principle over precedent, of the working out of an idea to its logical conclusions in spite of the accumulated testimony of all past experience to the contrary; and with such a notable example before us can we say that it is futile to enquire whether by the same method we may not unlock still more important secrets and gain some knowledge of the unseen causes which are at the back of external and visible conditions, and then by bringing these unseen causes into a better order make practical working realities of possibilities which at present seem but fantastic dreams? from "The Creative Process and the Individual In living the new life the first essential is to abandon the idea of competition and of a limited supply. Too many people who consider themselves practitioners of the new thought never entirely succeed in doing this. . .. Many people who have a partial grasp of the new thought still suppose that it is necessary that some should be poor in order that others may have enough, and believe that wealth is possible only to those who have superior ability, or the power to attract to themselves a larger portion from the limited supply. from "The Law of Opulence Enjoy these three classic "New Thought" texts bound together for the first time in print....

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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, the Creative Process in the Individual & the Law of Opulence: The Collected New Thought Wisdom of Arnold Bennett, Thomas Troward and Wallace D. Wattles Reviews

  • Jan-Maat
    2019-04-01 08:33

    Arnold Bennett, novelist and father of omelettes here addresses the fundamental issue of life that one can live with intension rather than drifting and feeling that life is passing you by.While first published in 1920 and aimed at an audience of clerks commuting from the London suburbs into the city everyday - bringing to mind T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land "Unreal City/ Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,/ A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, / I had not thought death had undone so many. / Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,/ And each man fixed his eyes before his feet." Well, you may ask, what possible relevance could the words of one who was so dismissed by Virginia Woolf have to me? For me his trick is that he is presenting the same answers as the Stoics, maybe even as the Buddhists - and ideas which are already several thousand years old are hardly going to get more out of date. He suggests to the idle, commuting worker who feel that his (view spoiler)[ this is such a monstrous run on of words that I had best hide it from decent eyes in spoiler text(and yes this is a book all about the men, which is mildly interesting since in his novels Bennett certainly recognises that there are also women, we can perhaps give him the benefit of the doubt and assumed that he recognised they were so downtrodden with drudgery that they were unlikely to have the leisure time to regret that there weren't enough hours in the day and that life was passing them by, or more prosaically that maybe they were less likely to buy a pamphlet advising how to live even though we only each get a mere twenty-fours hours each day, or then again perhaps this was one of the reasons why Madame Woolf objected to him - in addition to his being some jumped up clerk from the North of England) (hide spoiler)] day is too short, that it won't get any longer, ever and the only thing to do is to live with intention. Namely if you don't love your job, don't make it the centre of your day, instead see the sixteen (or however few) hours that you don't work and the expanse of the weekend next be deliberate in your use of time - doing nothing is fine, just be aware that you are doing nothing, ideally embark upon a programme of study. He recommends a few books to the curious reader- like Marcus Aurelius or Epictetus suggesting reading a chapter of an evening and the following morning on the way to work reflecting on what you have read. Touchingly this reminded me of a scene from Clayhanger. But it doesn't have to be stoic philosophy, it could be architecture - once you've read an introductory text then every building you see becomes something you can appreciate in a more complex way. The commuting clerk here then is bringing themselves to be more conscious and alert of living in the moment and in the world. Or the object of study could be music, or nature and his advice of going forth with the butterfly net to catch the beasties that gather around the street lights reminded me of my fascination for the superhighways that the cats and foxes use here, cutting across gardens and over roofs to get quickly from one street to the next. But he cautions, start small, don't be a slave to a program of study, but also take it seriously. Above all be aware of yourself and go at the pace that is right for you. It is in tone rather more kindly than his novels but perhaps once you've had an omelette named after you the sour edge of life is reduced. And that is more or less it, and my review is already at risk of being longer than Arnold Bennett's leaflet, so I'll.

  • Peter Heinrich
    2019-04-11 11:39

    Flowery and funny self-help from the turn of the (last) century, this little book was an uncanny, spot-on description of my daily routine and how I often think of it. It was slightly shocking to hear my modern quotidian hang-ups called out by a guy addressing "clerks" in a time of 36-cent round-trip train tickets, since I tend to think of them as my personal hang-ups. As in, they're my cross to bear and no one else could possibly understand, yadda yadda yadda.It was pleasantly deflating to be shown in no uncertain terms that my problems weren't new.Some of my favorite quotes:"I will continue to chat with my companions in distress—that innumerable band of souls who are haunted, more or less painfully, by the feeling that the years slip by, and slip by, and slip by, and that they have not yet been able to get their lives into proper working order.""But he will not be tormented in the same way as the man who, desiring to reach Mecca, and harried by the desire to reach Mecca, never leaves Brixton.""[Our aspiration] springs from a fixed idea that we ought to do something in addition to those things which we are loyally and morally obliged to do.""Until an effort is made to satisfy that wish [to do something more], the sense of uneasy waiting for something to start which has not started will remain to disturb the peace of the soul.""There is no magic method of beginning. If a man standing on the edge of a swimming-bath and wanting to jump into the cold water should ask you, 'How do I begin to jump?' you would merely reply, 'Just jump. Take hold of your nerves and jump.'""[Ardour] is eager to move mountains and divert the course of rivers. It isn't content till it perspires. And then, too often, when it feels the perspiration on its brow, it wearies all of a sudden and dies, without even putting itself to the trouble of saying, 'I've had enough of this.'""A failure or so, in itself, would not matter, if it did not incur a loss of self-esteem and of self-confidence.""In the cultivation of the mind one of the most important factors is precisely the feeling of strain, of difficulty, of a task which one part of you is anxious to achieve and another part of you is anxious to shirk."

  • Dan Tasse
    2019-03-23 11:59

    This guy is quite a baller. "What I suggest is that at six o'clock you look facts in the face and admit that you are not tired (because you are not, you know)..." "'I hate all the arts!' you say. My dear sir, I respect you more and more." and a lot more badass quotes that I forgot to write down.But also, he's an example that proves that this "lifestyle design" or even "time management" stuff wasn't born yesterday. He's writing this for the common middle-class you or me, who wishes to "accomplish something outside [his] formal programme." He points out how, in 1910, a bunch of people went to work, came home, and twiddled away their time, while growing upset that they're wasting their lives.His solution, part 1, is to set aside 90 minutes 3x/week and dedicate them to learning in depth about something. Literature if you like (poetry, not novels); other arts if you don't; or just a sense of in-depth knowledge and wonder in all things. The whole thing smacks of being very English: "Just Try Harder!" But at the same time, there are a lot of Buddhist undertones:"You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.""When you leave your house, concentrate your mind on a subject (no matter what, to begin with). You will not have gone ten yards before your mind has skipped away under your very eyes and is larking round the corner with another subject. Bring it back by the scruff of the neck. Ere you have reached the station you will have brought it back about forty times. Do not despair. Continue.""The most important of all perceptions is the continual perception of cause and effect- in other words, the perception of the continuous development of the universe""Let the pace of the first lap be even absurdly slow, but let it be as regular as possible."It's a spot of enlightened jelly wrapped in a doughnut of stiff-upper-lip. Well, better than most Englishness, which doesn't even have the jelly.

  • Yzobelle
    2019-03-25 13:55

    How to live on 24 hours a day?! … Oh tell me about it! I had always thought 24 hours in a day are never enough to do everything I want to do. Oftentimes I wished that a day extended to at least 34 hours. Some other times though, I wished for the clock to stop so that I get to do what I want without compromising the things I NEED to do. The dilemma between the wants and the needs is always a strenuous battle. But Arnold Bennett managed to pacify and console my soul. Written 102 years ago (!!!), this work has not lost its timeliness and significance. (Now that defines a classic!) To live is what Bennett teaches us. To LIVE is what we are after – and not simply to exist. This self-help time management guru offers practical and wise steps to earn the real treasure in life – and he is referring to time – not money. “Money is far more commoner than time. When one reflects, one perceives that money is just about the commonest thing there is.”I felt so good when the author treats the seconds and the minutes of an hour as the “little pearls” of our life. The thought of it is simply beautiful!

  • Tisha
    2019-04-14 15:00

    I thought of the question one day, and lo and behold, such a book exists. I wouldn't call it a masterpice, but the writing is something I could enjoy and rely on over and over again. It gives some very practical advice, reproaches and warnings when tackling this endeavor that many people come short of achieving all the time--optimally spending one's time. It's also very fun for me to glean the norms of the time when this was written.For those who have not read it, I will start you off with this: think not of how few hours you have in a day and squander it anyway, but think of how much free time you have total in a week and allot maybe blocks every other day to focused self-improvement. He suggests a way to start slow. He warns you of your human nature. And an interesting one he told me, if I am the sort that sincerely enjoys literature and doesn't just think it a worthy pursuit according to someone else, then I must make time to reflect on the book otherwise I am just consuming words and not digesting the value. I always think there is not enough time to read all the books I want to read so I burn through them, but taking time to fully ponder and discuss them is also part of finishing a book.

  • Ina Cawl
    2019-04-07 12:47

    In this book, Bennett 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

  • Tricia
    2019-04-06 10:40

    You might expect from the title that this book will be some kind of time management tome, but it is anything but that. The author is intent on making sure that people 'live' rather than merely 'exist'. He proposes just one method for this 'living': to use your time wisely and learn to expand your mind and concentration. Some of his advice may seem archaic, and yet it is still quite relevant today. In this age of mindless entertainment, it may be even more important to make an active decision in how to use your daily allotment of hours.

  • Eli
    2019-04-01 14:33

    How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, a very short work, (or perhaps more appropriately called a pamphlet), by Arnold Bennett, insists on the very high importance of living to the fullest, constantly and with all expedience. It is not a time-management guide, (as the length and title would suggest), but more of a brief examination of the importance of truly living, as opposed to mere monotonous and melancholy existence. General aims, and the means to employ them are suggested, and the author, (whom I have grown to admire), has a curt and tact way of asserting himself and what he has to say. It is surprising to note that a problem which I had thought only seriously prevalent in today's world of endless, (and usually mindless), electronic stimulation, that of a habitual and perpetual laziness from which follows an endless dissatisfaction with lack of accomplishment, existed in the pre-electronic world. Granted telephones, and possibly radios, would have been fairly common in 1910, it is practically nothing in comparison to today. I digress, however. I suppose this is one element of humanity that hasn't changed in a century. The work starts with noting the preciousness of time; how it is a gift, (a gloriously beautiful one), and it is entirely taken for granted. How we have a constant and steady supply of it, entirely unmolested in the future. He then proceeds to say, (and he personifies a skeleton, pointing his finger at us in a tone of mockery), that all people are dissatisfied with their use of this so precious gift. That one who wishes to go to Mecca and never leaves Brixton lives with the perpetual torment of lack of accomplishment, and is worse off than the man who died along the rough trail. Any finite amount of accomplishment would only recognize a lack of a greater amount of it, and thus, the author proposes, we must learn to live with it. To always live, and enjoy living, accomplishing what we may, inspecting life with a childish curiosity and joy, and yet, be content with the fact that we will never satisfy ourselves with our accomplishments. "Let me principally warn you against your own ardour. Ardour in well-doing is a misleading and treacherous thing. It cries out loudly for employment; you can't satisfy it at first; it wants more and more; it is eager to move mountains and divert the course of rivers. It isn't content till it perspires. And then, too often, when it feels the perspiration on its brow, it wearies all of a sudden and dies, without even putting itself to the trouble of saying, "I've had enough of this."" There is serious emphasis on the removal of all instances of merely "wasting time". Constantly, you should be 'alive', not merely existing; not vegetating. Consider the last paragraph. To be alive does not at all mean incessant advancement towards accomplishment, as that is not a source of life, (though it should be a product of it), but rather, to do something of value and to enjoy doing it. All too often do we sit idly by as the great gift of time constantly presents itself, while we, with discomfort, refuse it, and prefer to maintain a state of hypnotic stupor over engaging vivacity. Bennett warns us not to be too ambitious in our attempt to live, fail, and revert to our prior state of sleepy existence. He cautions us to remember human nature, to allow room for failure and mistake. What a magnanimous change of direction it is to transform your entire life from a state of passivity to active, strenuous living! Always try hard, allow room for failure, and when it does show its face, (for it can never be entirely killed, but it can be reduced), do not drop your whole endeavor, do not shame yourself, (for failure is quite natural), make note of how that particular instance could be avoided, pick yourself up again, and keep at it. So far the narrative covers the importance of true living, the unfortunate state of its rarity, and the emphasis we must make to do so. The following chapters concern how it is to be done. This section, I believe, is very important, and due to it being so short, is worth careful review, note and meditation, to fully digested. It is asserted that life begins with the control of your mind. He says that this is entirely possible, despite popular belief, (perhaps more so in his day than in ours), and even simple. All that is needed is constant persistence. "And without the power to concentrate-that is to say, without the power to dictate to the brain its tast and to ensure obedience-true life is impossible. Mind control is the first element of a full existence.". He instructs us to merely, (even in the course of our daily business, such as "on the train to work" or its modern equivalent), to merely focus on something (be it a book, idea, something you are looking at, or whatever else), ponder it and do not be distracted. When you are, merely redirect your focus, and resume. Beyond this, regular persistence is the only key to success. Another emphasis is quiet reflection. More specifically, (and I think this to be a brilliant practical definition of 'reflection', which is so vague and arbitrarily used in most cases)- to study one's self in the form of reviewing how our conduct aligns to our principles, and to the share of our actions that were well guided by reason. I paraphrase, but with the review of this passage of text, I can confidently say this is what was communicated, just more concise. It is also encouraged to consider what one read the previous day during this time of reflection. For reading alone is almost pointless if we do not thoroughly consider its value and implications on our life. Oh, how we might learn and benefit from this, and yet it is so often ignored! How our lives might be so wisely guided!Following this, (and thus the transition from the previous 'phase' to the present), it is encouraged to take interest in the arts, literature, and for those who dislike both, life itself, or whatever you fancy. This section seems less essential than the previous, and I think not so quite as applicable. Although this does not at all necessarily mean an appreciation of the cliche way in which one might say that. This could very well apply to any thing or practice, thoroughly examined and appreciated. Golfing, sailing, music, painting, or what have you. Learn about them, examine them, appreciate them, enjoy them. To do this is to cultivate a growing interest in, and satisfaction from, art. I apologize for my summation of this being reduced to simple imperatives, but this is clearly what the author is saying. Is there not so much beauty overlooked in so many things? Is not the hand of God so visible? As it concerns reading, it is emphasized that poetry is the 'highest form of writing', which I would disagree with, (herein lies some of the subjectivity), and beyond that history and philosophy, (which I would accredit to the highest value of the written world). No guide as to how to go about doing this is given, merely the emphasis to do so.He then goes on to say that nothing in life is "humdrum", that all things follow the universal Law of Causation. All things can be enjoyed and examined through this lens, that all effects have a cause, and that they themselves are a cause. Virtually anything can be learned from through this lens, except logic and free will, and thus this nullifies the statement that something is pointless, "humdrum" or boring.It is concluded by a series of warnings. The fist of which is important to know, heed, and take to heart, to not become a snobby, know-it-all brat. You will have no positive relations with anyone except your own admiring reflection. Secondly is to note that you should maintain your routine, (or 'programme'), and not worship as an object of religion, or give it so much priority that you cease to do other things of importance, (such as visiting a friend who comes to town and lives miles away, or such). Effort and regularity are what your routine should be constituted of, not obsessive adherence to. It is even noted that you will defeat your own ends by thinking about your routine, and not what it is constitutes. If in the process of doing your 'step 1', all you are thinking about is your timing in relation to 'step 2', then step one would have been entirely wasted. Avoid this. He also says not to try to go from one to the next with hurried impatience and too much attention to your effort, and not on that which you are doing. The author lays out a rather vague timetable as to when these suggestions ought to be done, basing them off of the typical workday of a middle-class office worker in London at the height of the Victorian Era. Due to this, it will suffer more in my review. Life, being common to all who exist, ought not to be so confined. Granted, I don't expect him to not write and give examples from the perspective of his era, but honestly, he tells us to "do such and such as you are on your train to work ... or do this while you are walking home ... etc." I think everyone's individual situations should render this portion of the book virtually worthless. The positive review comes only from the message imbued, and its general aims in achieving it, not his particular, "this ought to be done on the train etc. It indeed causes the message to suffer, and thus, I have to chip a star off of the otherwise five star message and implication of this work. Along with this necessitating that the fifth star be withheld, is that there was much to be said that wasn't, and what was may have been quite incomplete. I do appreciate the "short and sweet" essence to it, but something so serious as living life to its fullest ought to be given more attention. More could have been said of what 'living on 24 hours a day' would look like in detail, more examples of the right ways of doing something, (nothing was said of work or even the weekends), except for that the suggested 'three hours in the evening' would add zest and enrichment to the entire day. In fact, all that is covered is this three hour session! Even for these three hours were not seriously instructed as to what specifically we ought to do other than, "read" "reflect" etc. How exactly ought we to read and reflect beyond the basic implications of what is said? Notwithstanding, even though these two things are of immense value, there is much, much more to life than merely reading and reflecting, and the book certainly could have covered what it did cover more thoroughly, and much more could have been said. Howbeit, the message that it does convey is of such great importance that this easily deserves four stars. A positive point would be the matter-of-fact, curt manner of speaking in which the author employs his message. It does make it easier to follow, and I absolutely appreciate that it isn't written with the frilly, weenie sort of means, which tolerates anything and everything. It's more of a "get off your ass and start living!" than a "come on, you can do it! I know it's SO hard, but you've got to try. It's okay, just keep at it". What little is said, (and not enough), is communicated well. Considering that it would take you perhaps an hour to read this, I would absolutely encourage you to do so, and heed what it says! This certainly a worthy use of your time, and not a pathetic joke like so many widely-read books of today are.

  • Abhijeet Jain
    2019-03-19 14:32

    Rating: 4.5/5 When I started reading this book, I had no idea about it being hundred years old! At the start, I felt that the tone of the writer is far different than what I am used to reading, after few pages I started loving the book, only after which I googled about it!As the name says, the book teaches you how to live with satisfaction. It talks about your daily life & points towards the wrongs being done by you.I have read several self-help books, most of them share more or less the same ideas, but this book is original, It made me ponder over my lifestyle, It told me things I never thought about.I loved the way author communicated with the readers.This book is quite short too, I recommend everyone to read it! Below are my favourite quotes from the book You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it, you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul.We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.

  • Christine
    2019-03-30 12:47

    I read this book in daily installments via, and it took two weeks. Two weeks of my life that I will never get back. While the book opens with a decent premise (your 9-5 job sucks away your energy and joie de vivre, and this book promises to teach you how to reclaim the other 16 hours of your day and mold it into an affirming and enriching life) it falls too quickly into a murky quagmire of inexcusable flaws. I will number them for you. 1. This book is addressed quite specifically to a Man. While I understand (begrudgingly) that some people are such slaves to writerly tradition that they dare not bend to PC sensibilities, that does not seem to be the case in this book. Women are mentioned exactly once - as a "servant" who can prepare tea for the Man when he wakes up a half an hour early to make the most of his very important life. Women don't have lives? Secret desires? An interest in getting more satisfaction out of their days? Then I guess I shouldn't have been reading this book after all. 2. According to biographical information, this book was published in 2005. So why does the author "talk" like he's stuck in the 1800's? Sorry, but I am not going to light a lantern by which to ponder Marcus Aurellius or warm my tea - excuse me, have my womanly servant warm my tea - with a match and a flame. 3. The advice in this book is only applicable if you are an upper to middle class person with the comfort to sit and think about things and the privledge of not having a damn thing to do after work but watch the television. Which is fine, but I felt like the book should have come with a disclaimer - for the bourgeois only. 4. The grand advice for living on 24 hours a day? Read a book and meditate. Seriously. I might agree with that on some level, just so long as this is not the book you read. PS: A choice line from the book: "Plain persons like you and me (who hate airs, pose and nonsense)..." ORLY? In that case, this author hates himself and I would be wary of any advice he offers.

  • Sokcheng Seang
    2019-04-13 14:33

    The amount of quotes needed to be highlighted is astonishing! One would think that it is a practical book, telling you how to cram everything into our 24 hours slot; however, it has more of a philosophical touch to it. The author starts the book with an argument about how precious life is, how we all have this precious pearl of unstructured 24 hours per day (and no more). How we can all turn a new leaf if we want to. He encourages people to start changing from now on because the future hasn't happened yet. He then goes off introducing the block of time technique that is quite popular among this century's time management books. He suggests some activities to do in those block like reflective thinking, knowledge seeking, and to just notice things. It's funny how he had predicted the life of almost everyone nowadays since 1910s. His average man works for 8 hours per day, not any less than any modern average man in 2013.However precious those advices are, my favorite was the end part of the books; when he starts to warn us against some of the practical mistakes we will make once we go on this adventure: you will very likely to be a prig; don't bite off more than you can chew; and keep your self-respect in check in times of failure. A 4 star for this marvelous classic. Timeless. And numerous.

  • Amber Vanderpol
    2019-03-23 12:52

    I enjoyed reading this slim little volume and reading some time management advice from quite a different era. Funny though, what he says I've read in many other modern books, only he says it far more succinctly and with greater style and humor. I think many time management type gurus of today fall into the trap he mentions in the last chapter - namely, they become prigs who take themselves far too seriously. Thankfully, this author does not. This makes this book far more entertaining and a lot shorter, too! I hesitate to give it five stars even if it is pithy and enjoyable, largely because the author's suggestions on how to improve the quality of your life are so narrowly focused on the commuting employee. As a homeschooling mom of four, I can barely imagine experiencing a mandatory 45 minute twice daily period of silence (otherwise known as a commute) or dinner prepared and presented before me shortly after I return home! But still, the book encouraged me to make sure I make the most of the little bits of my time where I can think and reflect, as well as providing a fun look into a completely different way of life.

  • Speranza
    2019-04-07 15:46

    This book is not amazing, in fact the advice it offers is often outdated and not even applicable in a world where work, study, fun and even love evolve online. What was amazing, however, was the deep sense of comfort and understanding it gave me. I simply love Bennett in a strange, religious kind of way. He sounds so soothing and wise to me, I could follow him to the end of the world and never doubt a word of his. Or maybe it is just that he somehow manages to articulate many things I feel inside. Like this one for example:'Imaginative poetry produces a far greater mental strain than novels. It produces probably the severest strain of any form of literature. It is the highest form of literature. It yields the highest form of pleasure, and teaches the highest form of wisdom. In a word, there is nothing to compare with it. I say this with sad consciousness of the fact that the majority of people do not read poetry.'

  • Sunny
    2019-04-01 13:59

    I thought this was excellent. Little over hundred pages long and you can finish it in one sitting. It was written in the early 1900s and the message is still very very relevant today. Arnold Bennett tries to show you how to make the most of the day that you have and focus. I agree with a lot of what he says here because I would like to think that I live by the mentality also. Time is not money. Time is God to many. We are on this earth “for 4 days” as they say in my part of the world so how anyone would not want to make the most of the time that they have with their children and their families is beyond me. To waste away your hours watching Game of Goats or playing fishing games like C.O.D is baffling to me. God designed a play station for us all and we live in amongst it – it’s better than the virtual reality we seem to be slowly crawling into as a race. How can we not embrace it?• He talks about having a great start to the day in and true English style says that a lot can be pivotal on a cup of tea taken early in the morning to get you off to an early and positive star to the day. Starting early is critical. • Arnold also talks about not being able to waste the tomorrow or many tomorrows which are currently before you. The only thing that you are able to waste is the here in now and the present moment you are in at this point in time which is important to understand. Every day is the beginning of potentially hundreds of days of opportunities in which you can make fundamental differences. • Arnold talks about the train journey that any in England have into work. He says that that is potentially an uninterrupted 30 / 40 / 50 mins in which you can dedicate your mind to a particular subject and study it in depth. He urges us NOT to read newspapers in this time. He reads papers daily but in snippets and moments that he has free – not that important train journey in in which more challenging materials can be read about and thought over. • he urges us especially if we are in our youth to take our energy and use it 7 days a week to relentlessly pursue our passions for good. As we get older he believes we should dedicate one day to rest in the week where we can put into perspective what needs to be done and how we should do it. On that resting day we should rely on intuition and be able to flex to the spur of the moment activities as they arise.

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    2019-03-22 10:43

    A delightful little book/essay (can one call it a pamphlet if it’s an ebook…?) of 60-ish pages from 1908. I heard about it I believe from some random NaNoWriMo pep-talk or news email or something… Chris Baty or some person with a high position at NaNo randomly mentioned it (wish I could remember where!) and linked to it being free on kindle or, so I randomly downloaded it at the time and promptly didn’t read it for a year or so. I finally did. I found to be fascinating, hilarious, well-written, with some good tips, and basically awesome. No, I don’t in fact know how to live on 24 hours a day now, but still, it has great ides and I’ll hopefully put some of it to use eventually. Regardless, it’s a splendid read (and short!) and I’m just amazed how brilliant and articulate and funny people from back then were — think the authors of Holmes and Bertie Wooster and Around the World in 80 Days. I’ve rarely if ever read non-fiction that was as hilarious but also useful as this little pamphlet. Lots of fun and also enlightening! I kept reading bits of it aloud for the wit and wisdom. :D Everyone: Read it!

  • Akash A J
    2019-04-11 12:49

    This was written over a century ago. The cheekiness, sarcasm and fine British humour alone makes it a very entertaining read!

  • Kenia Sedler
    2019-04-03 10:47

    These 84 pages delivered above what I had expected.Read this with your "history goggles" on, realizing that Arnold Bennett wrote this for the upper-middle/high class working man with plenty of time to spare after work, but who trudges home exhausted after a day's work and faces the rest of his life without any sense of purpose. Bennett addresses the reader: " see friends; you potter; you play cards; you flirt with a book; you note that old age is creeping on you; you take a stroll; you caress the piano...Six hours, probably more, have gone since you left the office--gone like a dream, gone like magic, unaccountably gone!"(As I read this, I couldn't help rolling my eyes as I thought how this poor, poor reader who needs Bennett's advice is so bored as his wife slaves away at both first and second shifts, leaving him conveniently without any responsibilities to take up his time.)So...if you can put that aside--realizing that all authors are products of their times--then this little book is actually quite the gem, providing an interesting philosophy on what *living* truly entails.He presents an interesting mindset I had never before considered and found an immediate affinity for: "...he persists in looking upon those hours from ten to six as 'the day,' to which the ten hours preceding them and the six hours following them are nothing but a prologue and an epilogue...with the result that, even if he does not waste them, he does not count them; he regards them simply as margin...If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day with a day...[it] must begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 a.m....During those sixteen hours he is free; he is not a wage-earner; he is not preoccupied with monetary cares; he is just as good as a man with a private income."In this little book, he continues to lay out a specific, tangible plan for one to cultivate one's mind through daily meditation, introspection, study in some natural interest (3 nights weekly for 90 minutes), and reflection. All this is for the ultimate purpose of cultivating truly living one's life.For example, he says, "Now, if you have read, say, Mr. Krehbiel's 'How to Listen to Music' would next go to a promenade concert with an astonishing intensification of interest in it...You would live at a promenade concert, whereas previously you had merely existed there in a state of beatific coma, like a baby gazing at a bright object."He insists that there is more to cultivate the mind than just literature and the arts (so that this will work well for anyone with any interests, including those who dislike reading or art), but with regards to books he has much to say, including: "Unless you give at least forty-five minutes to careful, fatiguing reflection (it is an awful bore at first) upon what you are reading, your ninety minutes of a night are chiefly wasted. This means that your pace will be slow. Never mind."The serious subject-matter is softened by Bennett's soft humour. At first I thought I would feel preached to, but his charm humbles him. For something that can be read in one sitting, this book is more than worth your while.

  • Kaethe
    2019-04-07 14:45

    I am not normally drawn to philosophy, which seems to me, like religion, to get caught up in eddies of meaningless dispute. Nor am I drawn to self-help, which seems to be one or two good sentences surrounded by a tremendous amount of padding. Sometimes, not even one good sentence. Anyway, I had gotten the idea that this was funny (I don't know where I came by that idea), so that's why I started it. "It'll make a nice little palate cleanser," I thought.Ha! This is brilliant stuff. Okay, Bennett was clearly a product of his time, and he's writing rather pointedly to a white, middle-class adult male, working in the City. The premise is straightforward: sure, you probably hate your job, but that's only 40 hours out of your week. If you really wanted to, you could devote some serious time to thinking. About anything really. Books are good (Bennett likes poetry and essays, but considers novels to be to easy if they're written well). But there's also music, and history, and the natural sciences. They're all good, too.In 1912 college education was still pretty restricted. Public schools, lecture series, libraries, the mass publishing of books were among some of the many ways intended to improve the common people. Bennett isn't particular, he doesn't care what people devote themselves to as long as it is an intellectual hobby. He doesn't care much for your body, although you're welcome to give it some exercise now and then. Crafts won't do, you understand. He doesn't want you to take up playing an instrument, we wants you to take up music appreciation.Really, Bennett wants you to blog. He wants you to develop a narrow fascination with something specific, learn everything about it that you can, and devote time to really thinking about it; there's no better thinking that, as he mentions, preparing to write on a topic. From this effort, Bennett assures you, will derive numerous benefits in life enjoyment and a decrease in boredom. So, get to work blogging or reviewing: it'll make you a better man.*Seriously, I do think it would be a good idea to make this required reading in high school, followed by in depth discussion. For most people, whatever satisfaction they derive from work, it isn't the main focus of happiness. For most of us it is the time spent gardening, or reading, or solving sudoku, or building trains, or directing community theater, or blogging about hideous cakes; that is what *really* satisfies us. Growing up, we are constantly asked what kind of job do we want to have, but "bureaucrat", though necessary, isn't defining. Maybe we should be clearer on that.* Woman doesn't enter into it. Women are presumably too busy taking care of all the other stuff that needs to happen in order for the men to be free to pursue intellectualism.

  • Laz
    2019-04-19 10:57

    Bạn nào mình yêu quý lắm, mình sẽ giới thiệu quyển này cho mà đọc. Sách hay đến bất ngờ. Nội dung dễ hiểu, lời lẽ giản dị, xen lẫn đâu đó là giọng điệu hài hước không lẫn vào đâu được của Nguyễn Hiển Lê - gì chứ cứ là sách của bác này dịch thì mình luôn tin tưởng hết mực. Mở ngoặc là mình ghét sách kiểu self-help + how to lắm, nhưng cứ sách của bác Nguyễn Hiển Lê dịch là mình đắm đuối đọc và học theo, chẳng hiểu vì sao đóng ngoặc.Điều mình thích vô cùng ở quyển này là sự thấu hiểu đến tận tâm can người trẻ, đọc đến đâu chỉ biết ồ à ố á kiểu trời ơi sao đúng quá vậy :D. Có đoạn đọc xong phải dừng lại ngẫm nghĩ, có đoạn phải lập tức lấy bút chép lại, có đoạn lại tự dưng mỉm cười vì đã nhận ra một điều hay ho mà bấy lâu nay không hề để ý. Mình đọc đi đọc lại rồi quyết định luyện tập theo quyển này. Vì mình đang trẻ, và mình muốn sống cho trọn thứ mà cuộc sống ban tặng cho mình mỗi ngày: 24 giờ - không hơn không kém.

  • Kiri
    2019-04-01 09:55

    Initially I thought this book would be another compilation of time-management advice. Not at all! Its emphasis is on the word "live" in the title, and the goal is to help you arrive at a feeling of having lived your life, rather than passing through it and feeling vaguely dissatisfied. The advised process by which you may achieve this is to revisit how you employ your non-work hours, and to use them to greater personal benefit through a combination of mental focus exercise, self-analysis, and enriching education in topics that interest you. This summary probably sounds a bit dry -- the actual text is delightfully entertaining, with a strong author voice. Even better, you can listen to it as an audiobook for free through librivox! The total listening time is only 1.5 hours, so I imagine it'd be an even faster read. Enjoy!

  • Ahmad Hossam
    2019-04-09 15:31

    Brilliantly written, never lacking in its sense of humour, concise and practical. The author’s style is engaging and empathetic, and his suggested program is not hard to follow. I liked how he describes time and the haunting feeling of wasting one’s life without doing what he had always aspired to. Dying in a trip to Mecca without ever reaching there is better than not to have taken any steps at all. It is okay to fail as long as it doesn’t affect your self-esteem. Start by taking baby steps and acknowledge the frailty of human nature. I would have liked it to be more specific in parts and cover the rest of the 24 hours as the title promises.P.S: It is funny how YouTube suggestion section can get you to wonderful places, it’s how I found this masterpiece!

  • Rayene ZiaÐi
    2019-04-10 15:39

    A timeless piece that doesn't play around with words and gets straight to the point,this book shows ou the importance of living instead of mere existing that it shows you how to do it!Although it was writing in 1906 when they didn't even have all this social media embedded in their daily lives as we do , the book is still strangely very applicable. this tiny book is to be treasured and as my first "self help book" i can proudly say it'll get me to red more !

  • Martin
    2019-04-18 09:32

    This book is hard to put down once you've started it, I started it one evening while laying in bed and kept reading it until 4am!! For all you go getters this book was published just for you.I think this is a short yer powerful book. It makes you think about how the hours of your day just pass you by without you realizing it. It gives a nice plan for the better use of your time which is really easy to implement.

  • Hamidreza
    2019-03-25 09:36

    not what i expected , but it was ok

  • Vinoth Srinivasan
    2019-04-13 12:52

    Could have used much simple words...

  • Nadin Adel
    2019-03-22 08:39

    Knowing that the book is old enough doesn't alter the truth that it adds nothing to managing your time.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-12 12:57

    Meh, it shows its date a bit too much for me.

  • Avel Rudenko
    2019-04-01 09:45

    In the book, Bennett addressed the large and growing number of white-collar workers that had accumulated since the advent of the Industrial Revolution. In his view, these workers put in eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, at jobs they did not enjoy, and at worst hated. They worked to make a living, but their daily existence consisted of waking up, getting ready for work, working as little as possible during the work day, going home, unwinding, going to sleep, and repeating the process the next day. In short, he didn't believe they were really living.Bennett addressed this problem by urging these "salarymen" to seize their extra time, and make the most of it to improve themselves. Extra time could be found at the beginning of the day, by waking up early, and on the ride to work, on the way home from work, in the evening hours, and especially during the weekends. During this time, he prescribed improvement measures such as reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, reflecting on life, and learning self-discipline.Bennett wrote that time is the most precious of commodities. He said that many books have been written on how to live on a certain amount of money each day. And he added that the old adage "Time is money" understates the matter, as time can often produce money, but money cannot produce more time. Time is extremely limited, and Bennett urged others to make the best of the time remaining in their lives.This book has seen increased appeal in recent years due to the explosion of the self-improvement phenomenon, and many have noted that the book has much relevance in today's world. -wiki-

  • Keith
    2019-04-06 14:56

    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 PROGRAMMEIII 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

  • Tasneem Adel
    2019-04-18 12:52

    تم نشر هذا الكتاب عام 1910، أى أنه نشر منذ 103 عام! قد يبدو من عنوان الكتاب أنه يدور حول إدارة الوقت، فى الواقع موضوع إدارة الوقت يكاد يكون مناقشا على هامش موضوع الكتاب الأصلى و هو أن "نحيا" وليس مجرد أن "نتواجد" فقط. هذا الكتاب يهتم بمناقشة موضوع الوقت من وجهة نظر فلسفية مما يحث القارىء على التفكر. خصص الكاتب الفصل الأول للتركيز على هذه النقطة ليضع أهمية أن "نحيا" نصب عينى القارىء الذى ظن أن الكتاب يدور حول إدارة الوقت و الذى يرى أنه ينام يأكل ليعمل ثم ينام ويأكل ليعمل وهكذا. أهم فصل فى الكتاب -حتى اللحظة و بالنسبة لى- هو الفصل السابع المخصص لمناقشة التحكم فى العقل.بعض من الأمثلة التى يضربها الكاتب قديمة وغير متصلة بحياتنا اليوم، لكن الكتاب يتسم بروح الدعابة ولا يكتفى الكاتب بقراءة عقل القارىء بل يخبره بما يظن و يرد عليه.يفتح الكاتب ارنلد بنيت فى كتابه هذا أفاقا جديدة أمام القارىء ليفكر و ليتأمل وليتعلم شيئا جديدا عن القراءة بوجه عام وعن قراءة الشعر بوجه خاص وعن الموسيقى وعن الفن المعمارى وعن الفلسفة.الكتاب ممتع وانهيته فى يوم واحد