How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day
In the book, Bennett addressed the large and growing number of white-collar workers that had accumulated since the advent of the Industrial Revolution. In his view, these workers put in eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, at jobs they did not enjoy, and at worst hated. They worked to make a living, but their daily existence consisted of waking up, getting ready for work, working as little as possible during the work day, going home, unwinding, going to sleep, and repeating the process the next day. In short, he didn't believe they were really living.
Bennett addressed this problem by urging these "salary-men" to seize their extra time, and make the most of it to improve themselves. Extra time could be found at the beginning of the day, by waking up early, and on the ride to work, on the way home from work, in the evening hours, and especially during the weekends. During this time, he prescribed improvement measures such as reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, reflecting on life, and learning self-discipline.
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (1910), written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live. In this volume, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing) within the confines of 24 hours a day. "Existing" is different from "living".
People's daily existence consisted of repeated process every day. In fact, they were not really living.
Bennett addressed this problem by urging these people to seize their extra time, and make the most of it to improve themselves. He prescribed improvement measures such as reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, reflecting on life, and learning self-discipline.
I cannot terminate these hints, often, I fear, too didactic and abrupt, upon the full use of one’s time to the great end of living (as distinguished from vegetating) without briefly referring to certain dangers which lie in wait for the sincere aspirant towards life. The first is the terrible danger of becoming that most odious and least supportable of persons—a prig. Now a prig is a pert fellow who gives himself airs of superior wisdom. A prig is a pompous fool who has gone out for a ceremonial walk, and without knowing it has lost an important part of his attire, namely, his sense of humour. A prig is a tedious individual who, having made a discovery, is so impressed by his discovery that he is capable of being gravely displeased because the entire world is not also impressed by it. Unconsciously to become a prig is an easy and a fatal thing.
"Mr. Bennett writes with his usual crispness, point, and humor." —Times of London
"Straightforward, vigorous, pungent." —New York Times
Arnold Bennett was the author of the popular "pocket philosophies" series, of which this book is a part.
- 第一章 每日奇迹
- 第二章 超越计划的渴望
- 第三章 开始前的提醒
- 第四章 烦恼之源
- 第五章 网球与不朽的灵魂
- 第六章 牢记人的天性
- 第七章 控制思绪
- 第八章 深思反省
- 第九章 对艺术的兴趣
- 第十章 生活中没有乏味的东西
- 第十一章 认真研读
- 第十二章 要规避的危险
- Chapter I The Daily Miracle
- Chapter II The Desire To Exceed One's Programme
- Chapter III Precautions Before Beginning
- Chapter IV The Cause Of The Troubles
- Chapter V Tennis And The Immortal Soul
- Chapter VI Remember Human Nature
- Chapter VII Controlling The Mind
- Chapter VIII The Reflective Mood
- Chapter IX Interest In The Arts
- Chapter X Nothing In Life Is Humdrum
- Chapter XI Serious Reading
- Chapter XII Dangers To Avoid