The Book of Fathers Wisdom: Guidance, Comfort and Strength from Father to Child

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Giving advice just goes with the territory of being a father. Gathered here from private letters, notes, postcards, and memoirs is a remarkable and revealing collection of fatherly wisdom, given to and by more than a hundred of history's most distinguished dads, including: Bob Dylan, Harry Truman, Warren Buffett, John F. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Isaac Asimov, George Lucas, Charlie Chaplin, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others. Whatever their theme -- money, career, relationships, or self-development -- these ...
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Giving advice just goes with the territory of being a father. Gathered here from private letters, notes, postcards, and memoirs is a remarkable and revealing collection of fatherly wisdom, given to and by more than a hundred of history's most distinguished dads, including: Bob Dylan, Harry Truman, Warren Buffett, John F. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Isaac Asimov, George Lucas, Charlie Chaplin, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others. Whatever their theme -- money, career, relationships, or self-development -- these thoughtful and insightful nuggets offer a rare glimpse into the minds of some of our most influential fathers. Life doesn't come with an instruction manual. Instead, we rely on advice -- bits of knowledge and experience freely proffered. A father's words can be of immense value, providing guidance, giving comfort, and strengthening the links of memory that connect one generation to the next.

The Book of Fathers' Wisdom is a collection of heartfelt writings from history's most famous fathers. The topics featured include faith and community, love, the responsibilities of family, coping with illness and tragedy, work, having respect for others, keeping a sense of humor, and much more. Discover timeless observations from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on overcoming prejudice, John Butler Yeats to his son William on the price of artistic achievement, Jack London on truth, and Charles Dickens and Mahatma Gandhi on success. There are tips for more effective writing from Henry James and C. S. Lewis, plus many other witty and wise lessons from unforgettable dads. The letters, cards, and other writings gathered here make up an extraordinary collection of smart counsel and good advice. The words of biblical figures and Roman statesmen are presented alongside those of modern-day writers, entrepreneurs, and rock stars, each offering his unique, fatherly perspective on living a successful life. As relevant today as when they were first written, their words speak to us -- concerned, intelligent, and perceptive, with the warmth and empathy of a father's welcoming embrace.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806525709
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface x
Acknowledgments xiv
Accept Responsibility 1
Acquire Knowledge 3
The Value of a Man 7
Avoid Bad Company 9
The Perils of Gambling 11
Avoid Gluttony 13
Avoid Profanity and Show Respect 16
Avoid Smoking 18
Becoming a Successful Politician 21
Becoming Your Own Person 24
Beginning a Career 26
Be True to Your Ideals 28
Be a Mensch 30
Be Realistic About Love 33
Attractive Qualities 35
Propriety 37
The Marxian Way 40
Birthdays Are a Time of Renewal 43
Coping with Personal Illness 45
Coping with Fear 47
Creativity, Imagination, and Artistic Success 50
Cultivate Modesty 52
Daughters Are Special 54
Dealing with Teenage Depression 57
Deciding on a Career 59
Coming into One's Own 61
Developing a Sociable Demeanor 63
Developing Skill as a Debater 65
Developing Youthful Character 67
Apply Yourself 69
Finding Motivation 71
Growing Into Duty 73
Don't Rush into Marriage 75
The Risk of Infatuation 77
Encouraging Learning 79
Discovering Truth 82
Reading for Children 84
Taking Questions Seriously 86
Encouraging Self-Esteem 88
Faith in God 90
The Importance of Humility 93
A Continuing Faith 95
Religion and Nature 101
Faith and a Secular Life 103
A Father's Devotion 105
Honoring Your People 107
Learning Humility 109
Learning from Your Mistakes 111
Learning the Value of Money 113
Handling Money 116
The Wisdom of Saving 119
Learning to Be Responsible 121
Loving Your Children 123
Marriage and Its Benefits 125
Maximizing Your College Education 127
Use of Intellect 129
Maxims for Success 131
Essential Virtues 133
Rising Early 135
Governing Oneself 137
Music as a Bond Between Parent and Child 139
A Father's Song 142
Overcoming Lust 145
The Pursuit of Pleasure 147
Overcoming Personal Faults 149
Maturity and Self-Awareness 151
Overcoming Prejudice 153
Unpleasant Reality 156
Parting 159
Perseverance 161
Effort 166
A Good Name 168
Planning an Acting Career 170
Playfulness and Humor in Parenting 172
Playing on the Team 175
Praising Grown-up Children 178
Slow and Sturdy 180
Pride in Being a Father 182
Respect for the Law 185
Respect for Your Mother 187
Rules to Live By 190
Building Character 192
Assets and Liabilities 194
Sports and Character 196
Taking Risks 198
Teaching Self-Acceptance 200
Teamwork 203
The Importance of Schoolwork 205
The Value of Education 207
Staying In School 209
The Value of Hard Work 211
The Value of a Simple Life 213
Tips for Effective Writing 215
Clarity and Direction 217
Truth 219
Understanding That All Deeds Have a Value 222
What Really Matters 225
To Worry and Not to Worry 227
Conduct in the World 229
References 233
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