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    Harper's Magazine, 1933. "What the Young Man Should Know"

    Of limited interest, I know. But, I've seen it pop up over the years repeatedly, Littell was gifted in his way. It's a good thing for young fathers to read, maybe because it is rather dated material.

    It even has some funny lines. " I have three fears for the future of my son: that he will join the Army, enter the Church, or become horsey."

    Enjoy it if you like this kind of thing, move on if you don't. Personally I enjoy it. Note, if you really enjoy it, it can be downloaded as a pdf.

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    And, because it seems to fit here, I will add one more, a personal favorite from a long list of personal favorites. I read this long ago, and honestly think I took something from it that I carry with me today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Note, if you really enjoy it, it can be downloaded as a pdf.
    ...or check it out on the Art of Manliness site where key words link to a plethora of other interesting stuff. I really enjoy my internet time spent there.

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    Partial quote taken from my personal list of "favorites".

    "If you are sure you are right, do not let the voice of the world, or of friends, or of family swerve you for a moment from your purpose.” William George Jordan.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Of limited interest, I know. But, I've seen it pop up over the years repeatedly, Littell was gifted in his way. It's a good thing for young fathers to read, maybe because it is rather dated material.

    It even has some funny lines. " I have three fears for the future of my son: that he will join the Army, enter the Church, or become horsey."

    Enjoy it if you like this kind of thing, move on if you don't. Personally I enjoy it. Note, if you really enjoy it, it can be downloaded as a pdf.

    What the Young Man Should Know | Harper's Magazine
    I took the time and read this article with interest. I book marked the link as well. I will have to read more full length passages from WGJ but this one had certain instances of hypocrisy that I had a hard time with. One example would be his distaste for hunting animals but his example of a young man being able to cook a steak was considered worldly? Perhaps the author thinks himself a bit more enlightened than most? Well written regardless and I will read more of his work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Tirebiter...AOM is written by a girl!
    Oooooo!.....cooties....

    I still enjoy the content. I think a good portion of manliness comes from feminine influence anyway.

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    It's a good site. I was really joshing you, but I do suspect that Brett's wife writes most of that stuff. Brett is a lawyer, how much can he know?
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    But, Brett's father was an old school game warden...so maybe.
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    Tom, this is what I have carried with me from "Majesty of Calmness"

    "The man who is calm has his course in life clearly marked on his chart. His hand is ever on the helm. Storm, fog, night, tempest, danger, hidden reefs,--he is ever prepared and ready for them. He is made calm and serene by the realization that in these crises of his voyage he needs a clear mind and a cool head; that he has naught to do but to do each day the best he can by the light he has; that he will never flinch nor falter for a moment; that, though he may have to tack and leave his course for a time, he will never drift, he will get back into the true channel, he will keep ever headed toward his harbor. When he will reach it, how he will reach it, matters not to him. He rests in calmness, knowing he has done his best. If his best seem to be overthrown or overruled, then he must still bow his head,--in calmness. To no man is permitted to know the future of his life, the finality. God commits to man ever only new beginnings, new wisdom, and new days to use the best of his knowledge."

    I have that little bit laminated and carry it in my wallet...which happens to be a leather zippered Boy Scout National Jamboree wallet. Be prepared.
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