Truly, this 1920 guidebook to maintaining a cheerful, youthful outlook is full of helpful advice. Take this to heart: "Rich people are, nine times out of ten, pleasanter, kindlier, better bred, and less selfish than poor folk-they can afford to be; and they are more enjoyable playmates and steadier friends."But be careful: "If you indulge your emotional nature too much, you run the risk of becoming either a musician or possibly a poet. These are all right but not for normal people."A breathtaking artifact of an era not so bygone as it should be, this is a laugh-out-loud hilarious-if unintentionally so-defense of privilege, conformity, vapidity, and social discrimination.Also available from Cosimo Classics: Thompson's Drink and Be Sober.VANCE THOMPSON (1862-1925) is also the author of Eat and Grow Thin and The Ego Book.
Animated by the vibrant, cheerful spirit of pre-World War I America, this 1916 guide to "the philosophy of Otherfellowship" is like Adam Smith meets Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: it's a directive to living with the kind of gung-ho American enthusiasm and expansive spirit that the Gilded Age was bursting with. From the one basic human law we all must follow-"Be good!"-to our "immense and imperative" duty to vote, this little book contains all manner of wisdom for relating to your fellow human beings: ."Decent living... consists in not being frightened, not being fat, and not being sentimental..""It is precisely because it is predestined that friendship is at once mysterious and precious..""If your work hasn't in it the essential quality of being good for the Other Fellow, he will not pay for it."Loving thy neighbor was never so easy-or so entertaining-as pioneering self-help guru Thompson made it sound almost a century ago.VANCE THOMPSON (1863-1925) is also the author of Eat and Grow Thin and The Ego Book.
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