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Book Title: Character|
The author of the book: Samuel Smiles
Edition: A.L. Burt Company, Publishers, New York
Date of issue: 1871
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Only read one-third in so far, and a few comments:
I love that this book actually speaks to both men and women, of what virtues are "traditionally" expected of both. (i.e. women's character are private and in the home, rather than public, but they occasionally do become publicly known for character).
Samuel Smiles provide several examples of great people in history, many of them are in the British parliamentary. Given the age this book was written in, of course, all the examples of great men and women lived in a different age. Nonetheless, there were several universal truths regarding character, and amazing if one could learn and live them!
There is one other part that I have to mull over though. Of the several examples listed, many belong to the "martyrs" category - i.e. those whose lives were so dedicated to goodness, to truths, to purposes higher than themselves, at the risk of their own lives. This is both amazing but also, rather a bit disturbing, no? Of course, not everyone had to risk his/her own life. It certainly calls for having an opinion, and the courage to defend that, two of the many things that make up character.
A great read so far, and highly recommended!
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Read information about the authorSamuel Smiles (23 December 1812 – 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and government reformer, who campaigned on a Chartist platform. But he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His masterpiece, Self-Help (1859), promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism", and it raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight.
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