Life at Its Best; A Series of Studies in the Vital Doctrines of Consciousness, Ideal, and Effort

Life at Its Best; A Series of Studies in the Vital Doctrines of Consciousness, Ideal, and Effort

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... of to-day, says that the author of a book "has something to say which he perceives to be true and useful or helpfully beautiful. So far as he knows, no one has said it; so far as he knows, no one else could have said it. He is bound to say it. Clearly and melodiously, if he may, clearly at all events. In the sum of his life he finds this to be the thing, or group of things, manifest to him.... He would fain set it down forever, engrave it on a rock, if he could, saying: "This is the best of me.... This I saw and knew.' That is his 'writing1 or scripture. That is a 'Book.'" But there are books and books, and therein is the difficulty, the peril. The active consciousness must be in the reader. With the inner light he can hardly fail to stumble upon the book--if not the one of prime appositeness, then the one which will illuminate and inspire. If there should seem to be any difficulty in what has been said, any appearance of overstraining, it is enough to say that the outward sign of this inner light is an honest hunger, a willingness to be helped, and a purpose to give in only to the best. Any soul truly alive can quickly get itself the mastery at these points. The largest use of books may be set forth thus: First, to complete the awakening and equipment of one's own powers; and, secondly, to gain a parity with those about us who are advanced in knowledge, that we may cooperate with them in great thinking and endeavor; and also to secure such superiority over the "ill-guided and illiterate" as will enable us to lead and help them. Ambition within these bounds it absolutely without reproach or inhibition. A refined and cultured taste comes of the happy use of books. Traditionary thought helps to the wise ordering of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524659
  • 9781236524652