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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  6,187 ratings  ·  713 reviews
You have to live on twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. This timeless classic is one of the first self-help books ever written and was a best-seller in both England and America. It remains as useful today as when it was written, and offers fresh and practical advice ...more
Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Published May 17th 2012 (first published November 24th 1908)
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May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ilse by: Jan-Maat
Shelves: 2018, essays, uk, reviewed
Get your mind in hand . And see how the process cures half the evils of life – especially worry, that miserable, avoidable, shameful disease – worry!

It occurred to me that How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day could be the first self-help book ever I managed to finish without yawning or ending up with an insipid taste in my mouth –which assumingly tells as much about having made poor book choices as about the nature of this book which is cleverly short, witty and elegantly written and rather t
Arnold Bennett, novelist and father of omelettes here addresses the fundamental issue of life that one can live with intension rather than drifting and feeling that life is passing you by.

While first published in 1920 and aimed at an audience of clerks commuting from the London suburbs into the city everyday - bringing to mind T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land "Unreal City/ Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,/ A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, / I had not thought death had undone so many.
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Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Master procrastinators and perfectionists. To myself.
Must reread it sometime later !
And best of all - make it my bedside table necessity !

Upd: I read it, enjoyed and promptly forgot.
But somehow I managed to implement the best takeouts from this one. All without clearly remembering about the intent to do so!

You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. (c)
You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste to-morrow; it is kept for you. (c)
It is a fine thing to be a walking encyclopaedia of philosophy, but if you happen to have
Peter Heinrich
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, nonfiction
Flowery and funny self-help from the turn of the (last) century, this little book was an uncanny, spot-on description of my daily routine and how I often think of it. It was slightly shocking to hear my modern quotidian hang-ups called out by a guy addressing "clerks" in a time of 36-cent round-trip train tickets, since I tend to think of them as my personal hang-ups. As in, they're my cross to bear and no one else could possibly understand, yadda yadda yadda.

It was pleasantly deflating to be sh
Dan Tasse
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This guy is quite a baller. "What I suggest is that at six o'clock you look facts in the face and admit that you are not tired (because you are not, you know)..." "'I hate all the arts!' you say. My dear sir, I respect you more and more." and a lot more badass quotes that I forgot to write down.

But also, he's an example that proves that this "lifestyle design" or even "time management" stuff wasn't born yesterday. He's writing this for the common middle-class you or me, who wishes to "accomplish
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, ebooks
How to live on 24 hours a day?! … Oh tell me about it! I had always thought 24 hours in a day are never enough to do everything I want to do. Oftentimes I wished that a day extended to at least 34 hours. Some other times though, I wished for the clock to stop so that I get to do what I want without compromising the things I NEED to do. The dilemma between the wants and the needs is always a strenuous battle.

But Arnold Bennett managed to pacify and console my soul. Written 102 years ago (!!!), t
Soha Ibrahim
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet it was an e_book , i gotta go on a long trip to get it even if it took all the bookstores in here , i felt fine finally .. I could give a 5 stars without the " but sentence" ,
P.s : would be on the top of the re-reading collection ♥️ .
Ina Cawl
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Bennett urges hourly workers to use "spare" time to improve their lives, making the best of their time outside of work. He understands that most people are spending as much time as possible working to make more money, thus disliking their lives. "Time is money" seriously understates this matter, more time can generate more money, but money cannot buy you more time ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought of the question one day, and lo and behold, such a book exists. I wouldn't call it a masterpice, but the writing is something I could enjoy and rely on over and over again. It gives some very practical advice, reproaches and warnings when tackling this endeavor that many people come short of achieving all the time--optimally spending one's time. It's also very fun for me to glean the norms of the time when this was written.

For those who have not read it, I will start you off with this:
Nov 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daily-lit, 2008
You might expect from the title that this book will be some kind of time management tome, but it is anything but that. The author is intent on making sure that people 'live' rather than merely 'exist'. He proposes just one method for this 'living': to use your time wisely and learn to expand your mind and concentration. Some of his advice may seem archaic, and yet it is still quite relevant today. In this age of mindless entertainment, it may be even more important to make an active decision in ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, a very short work, (or perhaps more appropriately called a pamphlet), by Arnold Bennett, insists on the very high importance of living to the fullest, constantly and with all expedience. It is not a time-management guide, (as the length and title would suggest), but more of a brief examination of the importance of truly living, as opposed to mere monotonous and melancholy existence. General aims, and the means to employ them are suggested, and the author, (whom I h ...more
My first reaction to this book was that it was evidently written for an Edwardian man - a man who has a wife telling him that he looks tired, or a love interest, but no domestic obligations (save for walking a dog) and no noticeable children. My intention in pointing this out is not to complain about gender inequality, but to say that modern people who take active part in raising their children and have no cleaning or cooking help might feel somewhat handicapped when it comes to blocking out 90 ...more
Abhijeet Jain
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

When I started reading this book, I had no idea about it being hundred years old!

At the start, I felt that the tone of the writer is far different than what I am used to reading, after few pages I started loving the book, only after which I googled about it!

As the name says, the book teaches you how to live with satisfaction. It talks about your daily life & points towards the wrongs being done by you.

I have read several self-help books, most of them share more or less the same i
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2018, kindle
I do not tend to read much philosophy, and largely steer away from self-help books or those on "mindfulness", but Arnold Bennett's How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day looked as though it was worth a read. This piece, comprised of twelve different short essays, comes complete with rather a long preface, which Bennett stresses should be read at the end of the book.

I enjoyed Bennett's prose style; it felt chatty, wise, and intelligent. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day is primarily about ho
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not amazing, in fact the advice it offers is often outdated and not even applicable in a world where work, study, fun and even love evolve online. What was amazing, however, was the deep sense of comfort and understanding it gave me. I simply love Bennett in a strange, religious kind of way. He sounds so soothing and wise to me, I could follow him to the end of the world and never doubt a word of his. Or maybe it is just that he somehow manages to articulate many things I feel insid ...more
Ahmed Faiq
It is like trying to invest every inch in your apartment's floor and trying to make use of it all instead of the more difficult idea of building a new floor or procrastinating until you own a new bigger apartment. Many nice ideas towards that goal...
There is a free audio version on YouTube...and you can enjoy it.
I thought this was excellent. Little over hundred pages long and you can finish it in one sitting. It was written in the early 1900s and the message is still very very relevant today. Arnold Bennett tries to show you how to make the most of the day that you have and focus. I agree with a lot of what he says here because I would like to think that I live by the mentality also. Time is not money. Time is God to many. We are on this earth “for 4 days” as they say in my part of the world so how anyo ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The amount of quotes needed to be highlighted is astonishing! One would think that it is a practical book, telling you how to cram everything into our 24 hours slot; however, it has more of a philosophical touch to it.

The author starts the book with an argument about how precious life is, how we all have this precious pearl of unstructured 24 hours per day (and no more). How we can all turn a new leaf if we want to. He encourages people to start changing from now on because the future hasn't ha
Amber Vanderpol
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, ebook
I enjoyed reading this slim little volume and reading some time management advice from quite a different era. Funny though, what he says I've read in many other modern books, only he says it far more succinctly and with greater style and humor. I think many time management type gurus of today fall into the trap he mentions in the last chapter - namely, they become prigs who take themselves far too seriously. Thankfully, this author does not. This makes this book far more entertaining and a lot s ...more
It is absolutely astounding how old the study of concentration, discipline, and personal excellence is... and how the principles never change from era to era. The start of the 20th century (1910) saw Bennett's book. The diction is difficult to follow, and it's surprisingly humorous at times. I rate it 3 stars only because of the general tone: more conversational, less instructive. ...more
Fahad Naeem
It was more of a Philosophical book than a Self-help. It started well with how-to be productive on a day and self-analysis but then Arnold Bennet dived into philosophy. Classical books should be republished with modern norms. I did not find any classical book worthy to be read.

In short, I'm disappointed after reading How to Live on 24 Hours a Day.
Kenia Sedler
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These 84 pages delivered above what I had expected.

Read this with your "history goggles" on, realizing that Arnold Bennett wrote this for the upper-middle/high class working man with plenty of time to spare after work, but who trudges home exhausted after a day's work and faces the rest of his life without any sense of purpose. Bennett addresses the reader: " see friends; you potter; you play cards; you flirt with a book; you note that old age is creeping on you; you take a stroll; you car
Kaethe Douglas
I am not normally drawn to philosophy, which seems to me, like religion, to get caught up in eddies of meaningless dispute. Nor am I drawn to self-help, which seems to be one or two good sentences surrounded by a tremendous amount of padding. Sometimes, not even one good sentence. Anyway, I had gotten the idea that this was funny (I don't know where I came by that idea), so that's why I started it. "It'll make a nice little palate cleanser," I thought.

Ha! This is brilliant stuff. Okay, Bennett w
Deborah O'Carroll
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A delightful little book/essay (can one call it a pamphlet if it’s an ebook…?) of 60-ish pages from 1908. I heard about it I believe from some random NaNoWriMo pep-talk or news email or something… Chris Baty or some person with a high position at NaNo randomly mentioned it (wish I could remember where!) and linked to it being free on kindle or, so I randomly downloaded it at the time and promptly didn’t read it for a year or so.

I finally did.

I found to be fascinating, hilarious,
Akash A J
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was written over a century ago. The cheekiness, sarcasm and fine British humour alone makes it a very entertaining read!
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this one of the first self-help books of the last century? The style is certainly in line with 1910 but the ideas are even more relevant - surely? - today in the age of TV and the interweb.
Ahmad Hossam
Brilliantly written, never lacking in its sense of humour, concise and practical. The author’s style is engaging and empathetic, and his suggested program is not hard to follow. I liked how he describes time and the haunting feeling of wasting one’s life without doing what he had always aspired to. Dying in a trip to Mecca without ever reaching there is better than not to have taken any steps at all. It is okay to fail as long as it doesn’t affect your self-esteem. Start by taking baby steps and ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to put down once you've started it, I started it one evening while laying in bed and kept reading it until 4am!! For all you go getters this book was published just for you.

I think this is a short yer powerful book. It makes you think about how the hours of your day just pass you by without you realizing it. It gives a nice plan for the better use of your time which is really easy to implement.
Rayene Ziadi
A timeless piece that doesn't play around with words and gets straight to the point,
this book shows ou the importance of living instead of mere existing that it shows you how to do it!
Although it was writing in 1906 when they didn't even have all this social media embedded in their daily lives as we do , the book is still strangely very applicable. this tiny book is to be treasured and as my first "self help book" i can proudly say it'll get me to red more !
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, 2012
Why so many 5-star reviews, Amazon? is it really the draw (the lure. hook in mouth. sinker) of a free book?

... because this is a turn-of-the-century version of GET OFF YOUR ASS AND ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING. To be sure, those are useful words for us living in the time of Teh Internet -- yet the author omitted How -- and I am more interested in Why (also omitted).
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