The Book of Fathers' Wisdom: Paternal Advice from Moses to Bob Dylan

The Book of Fathers' Wisdom: Paternal Advice from Moses to Bob Dylan

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by Edward Hoffman
     
 

Fatherhood provides one of life's most joyful yet challenging tasks. We all want happiness for our children, but what's the best advice we can offer?

This lively and fascinating book recounts specific guidance from more than 150 of history's most famous fathers. They include literary figures William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain; social

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Fatherhood provides one of life's most joyful yet challenging tasks. We all want happiness for our children, but what's the best advice we can offer?

This lively and fascinating book recounts specific guidance from more than 150 of history's most famous fathers. They include literary figures William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain; social thinkers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johann von Goethe, and Carl Jung; popular entertainers W.C. Fields and Bob Dylan, crusading activists Marcus Garvey, Mahatma Gandhi, and Booker T. Washington; and powerful political leaders Benjamin Disraeli, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

Advising on such subjects as character, success, faith, love, and happiness, their heartfelt sentiments remain timeless and relevant for us today.

For instance, an elderly Charles Dickens, sensing that he might never again see his youngest son Edward, who was about to set sail for Australia, wrote: "Never take a mean advantage of anyone in any transaction, and never be hard upon people who are in your power. Try to do to others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better for you that they should fail in obeying the greatest rule laid down by our Savior, than that you should".

On romance, Sigmund Freud advised his lonely, unmarried daughter Mathilde: "You fret because you think you are not good-looking enough and therefore might not attract a man. But I know that in reality, it is no longer physical beauty which decides the fate of a girl, but the impression of her whole personality".

And on the subject of luck, Thomas Edison once cautioned, "I don't believe in luck --good or bad. I never quit until I get when I'm after. That's the only difference between me, that's supposed to be lucky, and the fellows that think they are unlucky. Just remember: Nothing that's any good works by itself".

The Book of Fathers' Wisdom offers a unique and unprecedented window into fatherhood through the ages. These paternal recommendations for successful living will surprise and delight all readers.

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ISBN-13:
9781559724128
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 6.59(h) x 0.91(d)

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