Character, how to Strengthen it, Volume 2

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Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1915 - Character - 120 pages

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Page v - The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who, early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Thus, indeed, even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius.
Page iv - Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. —It is in insignificant matters, and in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others, and denies nothing to itself.
Page iii - THE crown and glory of life is character'. It is the noblest possessio.n of a man', constituting a rank in itself, and an estate in the general good-will'; dignifying every station', and exalting every position in society'.
Page 135 - KLEISER Famous Author of many Practical Books and Courses The only extensive, comprehensive, encyclopedic work of its kind ever issued. How to speak, develop vocabulary, write, train memory, gesture, etc. The best advice by the world's great authorities upon every phase of Public Speaking. Of Great Worth to the Public Speaker " I consider it a compendium of particularly valuablff information to all men who are called upon to address public audiences."— Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy. "...
Page 14 - It is strength of character which enables us to consummate the act that we have fixt our choice upon ; and thanks to it we not only can proceed surely in the choice of our resolutions, but are also equipped with the means to persevere in them. At no former period whatsoever has strength of character been so indispensable as it is at the present time.
Page 15 - By declaring their conviction of the immovability of character they think to acquit themselves of the faults of fancy or momentary humor. They pretend that they are not able to change the character of the motives which are the foundation of volition in what concerns their habitual faults, and with this erroneous premise they allow themselves to go ahead, with a deplorable lack of all resistance. It is true that we rarely succeed in...
Page 15 - ... simple thing: It is the resultant of a complex effort to exert the will directed upon a single point — the mastery of self. We should, then, extend pity to the weak ones to whom we have just alluded, and who, alas, are legion ; and at the same time we should seek to convince them of the truth. Now, their principal defect consists in giving the preponderance to emotion over reason.
Page 19 - If we would really dominate others it is indispensable that we gain the mastery over ourselves ; and to arrive at this end we should begin by defining the nature of this force, so superior to others that make more noise but lack its solid value. Self-mastery is a quality of the will that permits us to choose with reflection the act that we wish to accomplish. It is the power of directing its proper actions to their rightful aim, while at the same time freeing them from all foreign preoccupations....
Page 133 - ... and modern eloquence. It is intended for students, teachers, business men, lawyers, clergymen, politicians, clubs, debating societies, and, in fact, every one interested in the art of public speaking. OUTLINE OF CONTENTS Mechanics of Elocution Mental Aspects Public Speaking Selections for Practise Previous Preparation Physical Preparation Mental Preparation Moral Preparation Preparation of Speech " Many useful suggestions in it." — Hon. Joseph H. Choatc, New York. " It is admirable and practical...
Page 15 - Strength of character is not a simple thing: It is the resultant of a complex effort to exert the will directed upon a single point — the mastery of self.

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