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How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

1. Preface
2. 1 – The Daily Miracle
3. 2 – The Desire to Exceed One’s Programme
4. 3 – Precautions Before Beginning
5. 4 – The Cause of the Troubles
6. 5 – Tennis and the Immortal Soul
7. 6 – Remember Human Nature
8. 7 – Controlling the Mind
9. 8 – The Reflective Mood
10. 9 – Interest in the Arts
11. 10 – Nothing in Life is Humdrum
12. 11 – Serious Reading
13. 12 – Dangers to Avoid

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This book is a classic piece on self improvement teaching you to live to the fullest. Judging from the title of the book, the reader might expect that the book is a manual on how to manage your time better. Nothing could be further from the truth, this book is a flowery and witty self help book aimed at helping readers improve the quality of their lives, in fact it is one of the firsts of its kind in the world. Bennett describes the twenty four hours in a day as a miracle and that it should be used for the betterment of health, wealth, respect, pleasure and contentment. He then further goes to highlight the need for one to desire to exceed his daily program and to strive for more. He explains the need to be dissatisfied with the daily arrangement in one's life in order to strive to do better. He explains that a person’s attitude is the make or break factor in becoming a better person, drawing examples from the lives of characters invented in the book. Bennett explains that the mind is an instrument that can be used to one's advantage if you learn to control it. He highlights the importance of concentration in living life to the fullest. He abhors idleness and encourages readers to be wry of it and avoid it at all costs, he suggests finding innovative ways to keep busy and enjoy life. For a rather short book written over a century ago, ‘How to Live on 24 Hours a Day’ is a masterpiece that is as practical today as it was then. Readers will find that this book is the bedrock for the millions of self help books in the market today because its principles still resonate in today’s literature.


Krishna Kumar N

- Appreciation

Extremely well written and beautifully read out. A pleasure to hear and is wonderful an experience. Thank you , both!

Devraj B V

- extraordinary

Read it well narrated... Everyone should read it...

Devakumar / (India)

- just listening

Listening to this story leads to good fluency in English as well as gives good knowledge about time what we have today. I wish everyone to read it. Thank you very much Mark Smith..


- Just read or listen

This book is very useful. Actually it makes to think about how rich we all are.


- Piece after Piece

Im trying to do at least few things and I feel better about my time ... wake up earlier - hour before you start and you can read or do things you could not do, but not waste this time like me few times!


- Kinda disaggree

I read another book about idelness and they had good points on why idelness is actually more important then just doing things. I find in my life that idelness makes me actually happy, own thoughts, own peace.


- Excellent

Interesting and very well narrated. Thank you Mark Smith!


- DO IT.

Just do it. Drop and give me 20!


I found this book useful. It contains some interesting ideas and suggestions. Well narrated.

A Gibson

- Excellent

What a lovely narration by Mark Smith. The contents of the book are also good of course. But Mr. Smith's rendition is highly recommended.