How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

by Arnold Bennett
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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by 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. He begins his business functions with some reluctance, as late as he can, and he ends them with joy, as early as he can. And his engines, while he is engaged in his business, are seldom at their full 'h.p.'"

I am assured, in accents of unmistakable sincerity, that there are many business men—not merely those in high positions or with fine prospects, but modest subordinates with no hope of ever being much better off—who do enjoy their business functions, who do not shirk them, who do not arrive at the office as late as possible and depart as early as possible, who, in a word, put the whole of their force into their day's work and are genuinely fatigued at the end thereof.

I am ready to believe it. I do believe it. I know it. I always knew it. Both in London and in the provinces it has been my lot to spend long years in subordinate situations of business; and the fact did not escape me that a certain proportion of my peers showed what amounted to an honest passion for their duties, and that while engaged in those duties they were really living to the fullest extent of which they were capable. But I remain convinced that these fortunate and happy individuals (happier perhaps than they guessed) did not and do not constitute a majority, or anything like a majority. I remain convinced that the majority of decent average conscientious men of business (men with aspirations and ideals) do not as a rule go home of a night genuinely tired. I remain convinced that they put not as much but as little of themselves as they conscientiously can into the earning of a livelihood, and that their vocation bores rather than interests them.

Nevertheless, I admit that the minority is of sufficient importance to merit attention, and that I ought not to have ignored it so completely as I did do. The whole difficulty of the hard-working minority was put in a single colloquial sentence by one of my correspondents. He wrote: "I am just as keen as anyone on doing something to 'exceed my programme,' but allow me to tell you that when I get home at six thirty p.m. I am not anything like so fresh as you seem to imagine."

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BN ID: 2940012432094
Publisher: Del Williams Media
Publication date: 05/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 111 KB

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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Useful advice presented in an entertaining manner is what I look for in a self-help book. This little classic achieves it. The author, best known as a novelist (The Old Wives' Tale), sets out principles for making better use of time and backs them up with specific suggestions. Bennett's starting point is the idea that each of us has the same amount of time available, 24 hours a day, no more and no less. 'We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is,' says Bennett. The typical reader he is addressing is a man, an office worker in London (and someone who evidently has no domestic responsibilities other than walking the dog), but the time-wasters Bennett identifies and the remedies he suggests are applicable to most of us today. Bennett uses humor freely to encourage the reader to step out of time-wasting routines and find time to be 'genuinely alive.' I recommend the book highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was scanned, OCR'd & thrown out into the world with minimal editing. It is barely readable. Save your time and get the always free version on Project Gutenberg.
exploringNOOK More than 1 year ago
16October2011 - The other well-known E-Reader corporation is currently providing a free version that has no distractions such as TWENTY-POUR HOURS A DAT in the middle of a page, the word ART rendered as A~T, and so on. I recommend using the other provider's free application for any computer if you want to read this *essay* for free. I own a NOOK and prefer the NOOK free applications for any computer - but in this case, I'm not willing to pay even $0.99 for a short essay that I can get free. Dear Barnes & Noble, if you object to this recommendation, then please clean up your act; I'm sure you can get the Tony Adams version of this essay just as the other corporation did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting perspective. Quite a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writting is whitty and well done. I enjoyed reading it for the sole sake of reading. The recommendations are specific enough to get you started but vague enough to fit any person or lifestyle with a little tweaking. I recommend it for anyone NOT looking for the cookie cutter "8 simple steps" instruction manual on how to fix your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MAD I had to delet this book from my nook color. Who want's a book you can't read? Lucky for me it was free....
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