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Book Freak #68: How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

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Arnold Bennett (1867 – 1931) was an English author, best known as a novelist. He was a prolific write
 

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November 10 · Issue #68 · View online
Short pieces of advice from books

Arnold Bennett (1867 – 1931) was an English author, best known as a novelist. He was a prolific writer: between the start of his career in 1898 and his death he completed 34 novels, seven volumes of short stories, 13 plays (some in collaboration with other writers), and a daily journal of more than a million words. [Wikipedia] Here are four pieces of advice from his book, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day.

Your time is your most precious of possessions
“You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions.”
Read and think
“Unless you give at least 45 minutes to careful, fatiguing reflection (it is an awful bore at first) upon what you are reading, your 90 minutes of a night are chiefly wasted.”
Don't expect a plan to go as planned
“If you imagine that you will be able to achieve your ideal by ingeniously planning out a timetable with a pen on a piece of paper, you had better give up hope at once. If you are not prepared for discouragements and disillusions; if you will not be content with a small result for a big effort, then do not begin. Lie down again and resume the uneasy doze which you call your existence.”
Carefully choose what goes into your brain
“And since nothing whatever happens to us outside our own brain; since nothing hurt us or gives us pleasure except within the brain, the supreme importance of being able to control what goes on in that mysterious brain is patent.”
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