- Taschenbuch: 608 Seiten
- Verlag: Workman Pub Co (September 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 076111730X
- ISBN-13: 978-0761117308
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,3 x 3,5 x 15,2 cm
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8,789 Words of Wisdom (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 2001
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With the sensibility of a poet, the outlook of a practical philosopher, the obsession of a list maker, Barbara Ann Kipfer is a writer with a unique approach to life. In 14,000 THINGS TO BE HAPPY ABOUT, she tells us why to live. In THE WISH LIST, she tells us what we should do with our lives. And so far it's worked - her first two books have over a million copies in print. Now in 8,789 WORDS OF WISDOM, she tells us how to live. 8,789 WORDS OF WISDOM is brimming with great advice, maxims, sayings and saws, proverbs, precepts and truths - 8,789 of them, to be exact. It has the chunky comfort of 14,000 THINGS, and a similar quirky, compulsively readable format - line after line after page after page of words of wisdom. Turn to any spot in the book and there is the secret to living a happier, healthier, saner, more productive life. Learn to unlearn. Appreciate the questions as much as the answers. Stretch beyond what is comfortable. There are folksy expressions polished smooth over time: If you think you can, you can. Experience is the best teacher. Quotes: Those who know don't speak, those who speak don't know (Laotzu).Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there (Will Rogers). Unexpected turns: Listen with your eyes. Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. Taken together it's the ultimate source of self-improvement.
Proverbs, precepts, maxims, saws, adages, and axioms. Polished over years of use, here are thousands of sayings that are just as true today as the day they were coined.
- Learn to unlearn.
- Truth does not blush.
- Enjoy the journey as much as the stay.
- Stretch beyond what is comfortable.
- If you think you can, you can.
- Pack you own parachute.
- Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Keep your soul young.
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The clumsy Kipling reference brings me to the only negative aspect of the book which is that few of the words of wisdom in this book are attributed to their authors. Granted, some sayings have been part of a culture for so long that attribution might not be possible, but a line from Kipling's famous poem, "If" (which appears in this book) is not one of them. It disappointed me to recognize the words of Franklin, Emerson and others without their authors being recognized. That said, the book cost me only a few dollars, and if I'm so interested in finding the sources, then I easily can search them out myself. Barbara Ann Kipfer in any case explains their absence, as she jotted down sayings in a commonplace book over a period of years, and is simply transcribing that for readers. It is not a scholarly endeavor, and readers should not expect that of it.
What they should expect and I believe will enjoy is the serendipity of coming across aphorisms that seem to be meant just for them. Many such uncanny moments arise in paging through this book. As other reviewers have noted, the sayings are not topically or thematically organized. I say so much the better that this is not some miniature Bartlett's. "8,789 Words of Wisdom" is something fun, and may you enjoy this book as much as I do.