Teach Yourself to Live
The classic guide to finding happiness
By C G L Du Cann
First published in 1955, Teach Yourself to Live is an enchanting and eccentric commentary on how best to live the fullest life and to develop one's self to one's fullest capacity. It is crammed full of timeless wisdom and humourous anecdotes that are sure to inspire, provoke reflection and make you laugh.
"Seek experiences of all kinds. Go everywhere and see everything. Talk with everyone. Be curious and satisfy your curiosities."
'Charming, even moving. The earnestness, the desire to be seen doing things the right way, was utterly genuine', THE DAILY MAIL.
'A place of stability and solid ground amid the rushing omnibuses', OLIVER BURKEMAN.
Teach Yourself To Live is a self-help classic from a very distant age. Then, as now, the self-help world was dominated by energetic Americans preaching the secrets of limitless achievement. But from the off this delightfully dry, wise and pragmatic book offers something quite different - a sober, somewhat stern, but ultimately generous guide to living in a world blighted by modernity and taxes.
Nostalgic, funny and charming, this book somewhat bad-temperedly insists the reader not get ideas above his or her station - yet it ends up delivering a bracing, empowering guide to knowing yourself and living well (despite it all).
Full of fascinating and unexpected revelations, Teach Yourself To Live flips self-help on its head and provides a marvellous insight into the way we used to feel about life and how to live it.
"Never stand when there is an opportunity to sit down, and never sit down when you can lie down."
Since 1938, millions of people have learned to do the things they love with Teach Yourself. Welcome to the how-to guides that changed the modern world.
Charles Garfield Lott Du Cann was a British Barrister who wrote widely and humourously on topics as varied as philosophy, law, the merits of the justice system and the possibility of resurrection.
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07 Sep 2017
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There's something bracing, inspiring even, about getting to know your limits. — The Guardian, Weekend Magazine
A place of stability and solid ground amid the rushing omnibuses — Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
Charming, even moving. The earnestness, the desire to be seen doing things the right way, was utterly genuine — The Daily Mail