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The Young Man's Guide

William A. Alcott

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. . .And yet many of you are scarcely contented with eight!

Would you conquer as Bonaparte did—not states, provinces, and empires,—but would you aspire to the high honor of conquering yourselves, and of extending your conquests intellectually and morally, you must take the necessary steps. The path is a plain one; requiring nothing but a little moral courage. 'What man has done, man may do.' I know you do not and ought not to aspire to conquer kingdoms, or to become prime ministers; but you ought to aspire to get the victory over yourselves:—a victory as much more noble than those of Napoleon, and Cæsar, and Alexander, as intellectual and moral influence are superior to mere brute force.

Section VII. On Duty to Parents.

It was the opinion of a very eminent and observing man, that those who are obedient to parents, are more healthy, long lived, and happy than those who are disobedient. And he reasons very fairly . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I wish that I had been given this book before I entered college, started my first job, or even got married. Some of the advice in this book is pure, unadulterated gold, and I heartily recommend it for any young man looking for advice on how to conduct himself in life.

Let me tell you about this book. Released in 1834, it was a book aimed at young men on how to live a better life, involving things like how to improve as a person, how to entertain yourself, and so on. From what I remember from the book, it tells you what kind of wife to marry, the games you shouldn

I have read it in Indonesian translation. This book takes us to the first classic guideline, to become a wiser young man.

Great fun. The author published this book in 1834. According to Wikipedia, he "was an American educator, educational reformer, physician, vegetarian and author of 108 books".

I mention this because the advice he gave back then is as sound today as it was back then. It is targeted at men in their late

Disappointing read. Was honestly expecting so much more from this.

Amazing and Inspiring!
Could easily be called on of the Greatest Book for Aspiring Leaders!

I should be more courteous and gracious, but this particular version is abridged and the book doesn't mention that anywhere. Hardpass and buy the full version.

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