Sometimes the best way to deal with shit… is to not hold yourself as such a precious little prize.

A Prayer by Elbert Hubbard

The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or “good,” but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected—ready to say “I do not know,” if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality—to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid.

I wish others to live their lives, too—up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant—to radiate life.

Excerpt From: Hubbard, Elbert. “Love, Life & Work.”

When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness.
He knew that I love you also means I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.

The London Magazine is the UK’s oldest cultural journal featuring the best original poetry, short fiction, cultural reviews and literary essays since 1732.

This issue includes:

Roger Scruton – A review of Rowan William’s latest collection Poems of Rowan Williamspublished by Carcanet this year.
 
Charles Spencer – The 9th Earl Spencer examines the enemies of Charles I in the lead up to his execution inspired by his new book Killers of the Kingbrought out by Bloomsbury later this year.

Grevel Lindop – writes on his acquaintance and encounters with the poetry and person that is Sebastian Barker, former Editor of The London Magazine, who passed away this year.

Plus much more!

An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
Biking and shopping for books in Jimbocho. (via thegirlandherbooks//photos91)

Biking and shopping for books in Jimbocho. (via thegirlandherbooks//photos91)

I had a chitchat with Philippine National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil José this evening when I was about to go home from the mall. Aside from the fact that he wanted to read my thesis, he invited me to his bookshop in Ermita, Manila when I mentioned that I have a blog.

I had a chitchat with Philippine National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil José this evening when I was about to go home from the mall. Aside from the fact that he wanted to read my thesis, he invited me to his bookshop in Ermita, Manila when I mentioned that I have a blog.




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I first introduced TowerBabel.com here a few months ago, and it looks like they have grown their collection of free eBooks from those great classics to include indie author published works as well.