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You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life Paperback – April 26, 2011
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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
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. She married Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 17, 1905, and was the mother of six children. She became First Lady on March 4, 1933, and went on to serve as Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and Representative to the Commission on Human Rights under Harry S. Truman, and chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women under John F. Kennedy. She died on November 7, 1962, at the age of seventy-eight.
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This book was written, she says, in reponse to many questions asked by women over the years, and as such it is partly a warm, delightful, sensible series of chapters written by a universal Grandmother to her beloved grandchildren. It is more than that, though. Although the tenor of this book is telling people how to teach their children those things they need to know, she brings most of her lessons out of her public life. Taking responsibility, working with others,being useful to the community, and respecting and expressing one's own individuality, all these are things needed outside the home, and in many respects, she was ahead of her time. (there is a delightful description of how she makes conversation at dinner with someone who is totally monosyllabic, and she acknowledges that even that may fail, in which case there is nothing more that you can do!)
The style could be seen as somewhat dated - women's magazines have featured many such advice articles over the years, but the depth and the wisdom contained in these pages makes it a book worth having, and the voice of the writer is totally authentic. She wrote as she spoke. Perhaps we wouldn't do things in quite this way these days, but her principles and the attitudes expressed are timeless.