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Books

Frank Crane

Here are ten resolutions to make when you awake in the morning.
They are Just for One Day. Think of them not as a life task but as a day’s work.
These things will give you pleasure. Yet they require will power. You don’t need resolutions to do what is easy.
1. Just for Today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life-problem at once. I can do some things for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep them up for a lifetime.
2. Just for Today, I will be Happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from Within; it is not a matter of Externals.
3. Just for Today, I will Adjust myself to what Is, and not try to Adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come, and fit myself to them.
4. Just for Today, I will take care of my Body. I will exercise it, care for it, and nourish it, and not abuse it nor neglect it; so that it will be a perfect machine for my will.
5. Just for Today, I will try to strengthen my mind, I will study. I will learn something useful, I will not be a mental loafer all day. I will read something that requires effort, though and concentration.
6. Just for Today, I will exercise my Soul. In three ways, to wit:
(a) I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. If anybody knows of it, it will not count.
(b) I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests just for exercise.
(c) I will not show any one that my feelings are hurt. They may be hurt, but Today I will not show it.
7. Just for To-day, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with flattery, criticize not one bit nor find fault with anything, and not try to regulate nor improve anybody.
8. Just for Today, I will have a Programme. I will write down just what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I’ll have it. It will save me from the two pests Hurry and Indecision.
9. Just for Today, I will have a quiet half hour, all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, some time, I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective to my life.
10. Just for Today, I will be Unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to be Happy, to enjoy what is Beautiful, to love and to believe that those I love love me.

James Rollins

Books are keys that open many doors.

Matthew Kelly

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read.

Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Rudyard Kipling

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

T.S. Eliot

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives…

Elizabeth Goudge

The sources of our comfort are legion, and cannot be counted, but if we attempted the impossible and tried to make a list most of us would place books very high indeed, perhaps second only to faith, for reading is not only a pleasure in itself, with its concomitants of stillness, quietness and forgetfulness of self, but in what we read many of our other comforts are present with us like a reflection in a mirror.

Matthew Kelly

We become the books we read.

Andrew Clements

I don’t know a single writer who wasn’t a reader first.

Kimanzi Constable

5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

  1. Successful people plan out their day the night before.
  2. Successful people read books to get inspired.
  3. Successful people make their health a priority.
  4. Successful people don’t get distracted by what other people are doing.
  5. Successful people live each day as if it were the last.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

Will Rogers

A man only learns in two ways: one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

G.K. Chesterton

Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.

Booker T. Washington

In my contact with people I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls — with the great outside world.

Oscar Wilde

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

Jane Austen

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!

C.S. Lewis

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

Francis Bacon

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.

William Friedman

The greatest and most powerful weapon ever forged…is the weapon of literacy…and the most important invention, the one that made the weapon of literacy practical was the invention of the alphabet.

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