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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.
- ASIN : 0062061577
- Publisher : Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 50th Anniversary ed. edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062061577
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning and living. But they are really the same thing, aren’t they? There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste the experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ...
One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In stopping to think through the meaning of what I have learned, there is much I believe intensely, much I am unsure of. But this, at least, I believe with all my heart: In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt from You Learn by Living
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote those words in 1960, two years before she passed away at age 78.
Born in 1884, Eleanor was Teddy Roosevelt’s niece and served as the First Lady for 12 years— through her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt’s terms as President during the Great Depression and World War II.
She went on to play a leading role as a diplomat in the United Nations and chaired the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
She is one of the six moral exemplars featured in William Damon and Anne Colby’s great book The Power of Ideals and was one of the most loved and influential women of the 20th century.
This book is a beautifully written, inspiring look into “Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life.” Eleanor humbly shares the wisdom she gained by living life as a daring adventure.
I'm excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Learning to Lear - Starts with "Why?!"
2. Conquering Fear - The great enemy.
3. Think of Yourself - Less.
4. Happiness Isn't a Goal - It's a by-product.
5. Time Management 101 - Eleanor's Top 4 Big Ideas.
Here’s to learning by living as we fully embrace this one precious adventure of ours!
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Nobody remembers what the wives of Washington, Lincoln, Wilson or any other First Lady did before Eleanor, because they largely "stayed in their places" and viewed their role as mostly ornamental.
But Eleanor changed the rules, and we are all better for it. What were the secrets of her many successes? This book tells us.
This book is brief, direct, practical short and easy to read. Well worth your time and money.
Top reviews from other countries
Touches upon self pity, parenting styles, evoking critical thinking etc
Went through it in two nights
You can tell that it's old and some parts are out-dated, but i think thats what makes the book special and more interesting