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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 50 Anv edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062061577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062061577
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

One of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remains a role model for a life well lived. At the ageof seventy-six, Roosevelt penned this simple guide to living a fuller life. nowback in print, You Learn by Living is a powerful volume of enduring commonsenseideas and heartfelt values. offering her own philosophy on living, Eleanor takes readers on a path to compassion, confidence, maturity, civicstewardship, and more. her keys to a fulfilling life?

Learning to Learn • Fear—the Great Enemy • The Uses of Time • The Difficult Art of Maturity • Readjustment is Endless • Learning to Be Useful• the Right to Be an Individual • How to Get the Best Out of People •Facing Responsibility • How Everyone Can Take Part in Politics • Learningto Be a Public Servant

Informed by her personal experiences as a daughter, wife, parent, anddiplomat, this book is a window into Eleanor Roosevelt herself and a troveof timeless wisdom that resonates in any era.

About the Author

Eleanor Roosevelt was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. After her husband s death in 1945, Roosevelt continued in her role as an internationally prominent author, speaker, politician, and activist. This year marks the 125th year since her birth.

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The entire book is full of wit, wisdom and some profound bits of advice.
Candace Scott
I would recommend this book for high school reading and then have them re-read it about tens after graduation.
Jill Schaumloeffel
Even at middle age I found this book to be very inspirational at this stage of my life.
Ellen Truschan

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110 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a little-known but delightful gem of a book. The inimitable Eleanor Roosevelt was a prolific author, but this effort is among her very best. Forged by adversity throughout her life, Eleanor was born into a privileged, wealthy family. Her father, Elliot, was Theodore Roosevelt's brother.
My favorite chapter is "The Right to Be an Individual." Mrs. Roosevelt stresses that individuality is something to be prized, yet people want to remain safe, surrounded by a group. She stresses we should strive against this and always be true to ourselves. This is a simple, yet eloquent philosophy. The entire book is full of wit, wisdom and some profound bits of advice. I am a better person for having read this book and I think everyone can take something meaningful from its pages.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By "reviewer17" on September 28, 2002
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In this wise and highly personal book, one of the twentieth century's most famous and beloved first ladies - Eleanor Roosevelt - offers advice on how to create a satisfying life.
Offering her own philosophy on living, the woman who was called Fist Lady to the World leads readers on a path to confidence, education, maturity, and more.
You Learn By Living is a book that remains fascinating, inspirational, and relevant to late - twentieth - century readers.
The keys to the kind of life Mrs. Roosevelt describes are:
- Learning to Learn
- Fear the Great Enemy
- The Uses of Time
- The Difficult Art of Maturity
- Readjustments Is Endless
- Learning to Be Useful
- The Right to Be an Individual
- How to Get the Best Out of People
- Facing Responsibility
- How Everyone Can Take Part in Politics
- Learning to Be a Public Servant
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2000
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This book is a gem. It is full of wonderful advice for living one's life in a full, satisfying, and unselfish way. It is the speaking out of a remarkable mind who was for decades the conscience of a nation.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Truschan on April 10, 2007
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This is a excellent book for any graduate, no matter what stage of life.

Eleanor Roosevelt offers advice on how to be the best person one can be.

Even at middle age I found this book to be very inspirational at this stage of my life. Live life to the fullest.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jill Schaumloeffel on August 26, 2007
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My mother told me she had the opportunity to go listen to Eleanor Roosevelt give a talk at her college during the 1930's. She said Mrs. Roosevelt was a powerful and inspriational speaker, while at the same time seem like a next door neighbor.

After reading this book, I have to agree with my mother (don't tell her that!). This book is filled lots of very practical and useful ideas for everyday living. I would recommend this book for high school reading and then have them re-read it about tens after graduation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kay W. Yount on June 19, 2011
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I have decided I must buy my own copy of You Learn By Living. I keep wanting to underline things and make notes in the margins of this library copy . . . and I know I must not do that. So, I guess I'll order one from Amazon and read the book again with pencil in hand. It is very interesting to me that a book written in 1960 still rings so true today. I believe this book is timeless.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Isadardar on July 15, 2008
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Honestly, I don't have much to add to what all the other reviewers are saying...this is a great little book (just a smudge over 200 pages) that is full of tidbits of advice, some that are very forward thinking, since the original book was published in 1960. My only minor complaint is that some of the advice does feel a bit "fluffy", without much meat behind it to really feel like something I can implement in my own life. Nonetheless, this easy reading book does remind us all of how to enjoy life and to strive to reach our full potential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By true story on September 21, 2009
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This was a fantastic inspiration and holds as much relevance today as it did in 1960! A truly remarkable woman with so much to share.
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