You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

by Eleanor Roosevelt


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From one of the world’s most celebrated and admired public figures, a wise and intimate book on how to get the most of out life.

Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each new thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the world’s best loved and most admired public figures, offers a wise and intimate guide on how to overcome fears, embrace challenges as opportunities, and cultivate civic pride: You Learn by Living. A crucial precursor to better-living guides like Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening or Robert Persig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, as well as political memoirs such as John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the First Lady’s illuminating manual of personal exploration resonates with the timeless power to change lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062061577
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 48,933
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. She married Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 17, 1905, and was the mother of six children. She became First Lady on March 4, 1933, and went on to serve as Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and Representative to the Commission on Human Rights under Harry S. Truman, and chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women under John F. Kennedy. She died on November 7, 1962, at the age of seventy-eight.

Table of Contents


1 Learning to Learn 1

2 Fear-the Great Enemy 23

3 The Uses of Time 43

4 The Difficult Art of Maturity 61

5 Readjustment Is Endless 75

6 Learning to Be Useful 93

7 The Right to Be an Individual 109

8 How to Get the Best Out of People 131

9 Facing Responsibility 149

10 How Everyone Can Take Part in Politics 169

11 Learning to Be a Public Servant 191

Afterword 205

Index 209

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You Learn by Living 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I treasure this book. A friend gave it to me during a difficult time in my life and it was so comforting. I have done the same - giving it to family members and friends. Eleanor's insights guide my life and help me to bravely accept change and make the most of daily life. She never preaches but rather gently explains the philosophies that made her such a model of integrity. I am surprised this isn't a more well known book.
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Im gonna do this one again. Never. Ever. EVER! trust boys. All they enjoy doing is hurting girls.