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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (version 2)

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Are you really 'living', or just existing? Do you want to improve yourself or just continue to muddle through? Do you use the time given you each day, or just throw most of it away? These questions Bennett asks each of us and for those who want to really live and learn, offers very valuable advice.

Time is the most precious of commodities states Bennett in this book. 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. Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say "lives," I do not mean exists, nor "muddles through." Which of us is free from that uneasy feeling that the "great spending departments" of his daily life are not managed as they ought to be? [...] Which of us is not saying to himself -- which of us has not been saying to himself all his life: "I shall alter that when I have a little more time"? We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.

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How to Live on Twenty Four Hours a Day


Arnold Bennett


This preface, though placed at the beginning, as a preface must be, should be read at the end of the book.

I have received a large amount of correspondence concerning this small work, and many reviews of it some of them nearly as long as the book itself have been printed. But scarcely any of the comment has been adverse. Some people have objected to a frivolity of tone; but as the tone is not, in my opinion, at all frivolous, this objection did not impress me; and had no weightier reproach been put forward I might almost have been persuaded that the volume was flawless! A more serious stricture has, however, been offered not in the press, but by sundry obviously sincere correspondents and I must deal with it. A reference to page 43 will show that I anticipated and feared this disapprobation. The sentence against which protests have been made is as follows: "In the majority of instances he [the typical man] does not precisely feel a passion for his business; at best he does not dislike it... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 11, 2015
Subject: Just read or listen
This book is very useful. Actually it makes to think about how rich we all are.
Reviewer: - January 11, 2015
Subject: Piece after Piece
Im trying to do at least few things and I feel better about my time ... wake up earlier - hour before you start and you can read or do things you could not do, but not waste this time like me few times!
Reviewer: - November 19, 2014
Subject: Kinda disaggree
I read another book about idelness and they had good points on why idelness is actually more important then just doing things. I find in my life that idelness makes me actually happy, own thoughts, own peace.
Reviewer: - November 7, 2014
Subject: Excellent
Interesting and very well narrated. Thank you Mark Smith!
Reviewer: - September 13, 2014
Subject: DO IT.
Just do it. Drop and give me 20!
Reviewer: - July 14, 2014
I found this book useful. It contains some interesting ideas and suggestions. Well narrated.
Reviewer: - March 6, 2014
Subject: Excellent
What a lovely narration by Mark Smith. The contents of the book are also good of course. But Mr. Smith's rendition is highly recommended.
Reviewer: - August 25, 2013
Educating, well narrated.
Reviewer: - June 6, 2013
A succinct plan to a more efficient life. Well narrated.
Reviewer: - April 7, 2013
Love the book! Shows how life was similar even back in the day.

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