Five classic books filled with wisdom you shouldn’t miss reading

You only live once, but the readers, in that one lifetime, acquire the wisdom of thousands. When you read a great book, you imagine yourself in that place that the writer described as a little piece of paradise. You experience both happiness, sadness, excitement, and agonizing anxiety as you turn the pages of your favorite book.

A good read gets your adrenaline pumping and keeps you sane, but some classic self-help books have something more to offer; they give you insight into thinking, a thrill of creativity, imagination and personal growth. They light up your brain and help you grow morally, intellectually, and physically with their nature of timelessness, universality, and resonance with the reader.

From my personal list to read, here is a list of 5 classic self-help books you wouldn’t want to miss reading.

Note: You can read these books for free at BookMigo application or from a free online repository of classic books, Project Gutenberg.

Autobiography of Ben Franklin

Theme: Self-control

This autobiography is the masterpiece to inspire and, to update this inspiration. Almost every page of this book is motivational enough to ignite the spark of pursuing seemingly unachievable goals and leaving nothing behind to achieve those goals.

The theme of this classic play is mastery and the script is based on actual events of Ben Franklin; a little boy born into a poor family of 17 children with limited resources. However, nothing entailed his quest for knowledge and curiosity, which made him one of the most influential people. It’s a true story of passion, combined with hard work and persistence.

Here is an excerpt from his book showing how much he enjoyed reading despite the lack of resources:

“… I had such a thirst for knowledge, cleaner books had not fallen in my way…” So, he proposed to his brother to be paid his pension. “… I could save half of what he paid me.” It was an additional fund to buy books.

The Prince of Machievalli

Theme: Self-preservation

If you are interested in wisdom and the spirit, you must read this classic novel still alive, with the theme of self-preservation; The prince.

Originally written in the Italian language, this bestseller is more than just a how-to guide on how to rule or (on a lighter note) a satire on how not to rule.

In this classic hit, Machievalli immerses the diverse historical era into words of wisdom by analyzing the reign of great rulers and criticizing their mistakes that caused their downfall. The universality of what he preaches to be a good leader, however, is synonymous with being a good leader, from which you can learn a lot.

One of my favorite passages from this classic novel is that of chapter XVII: “Cruelty and mercy, and whether it is better to be loved or feared”, in which Machievalli writes:

“… and he must proceed in a moderate manner with prudence and humanity, so that too much trust does not make him reckless, and too much mistrust does not make him intolerant”

Meditations through Marcus Aurelius

Theme: The good life

One of a kind, this classic “Meditation” book is certainly a piece of literature that brings positive energy to you, energy that you may not even know existed within you already.

This book, based on the theme of the good life, was originally not intended for publication, rather it was a collection of Aurele’s self-correcting and continuous improvement thoughts. Rather an assemblage of philosophical ideas, intimate reflections and calming exercises to remain humble, empathetic, motivated, patient and generous.

Here is a beautiful part of his writings:

“If you are afflicted by something external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimation of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any time.

Written years ago, this book still resonates with thousands of readers because the ideas, based on the philosophy of Stoicism, are practical, calming, and life-changing because witty completeness is hypnotic enough to make the most of it. of yourself, to channel positive thoughts and to make your life happier and more fulfilling.

Walden Pond through Thoreau

Theme: Solitude

The idea of ​​wandering in the land of nature on your own, exploring wildlife and embracing deep thoughts is fascinating. This is reflected in this classic book, Walden Pond, written by Thoreau, based on the theme, loneliness, with a main emphasis on individualism. It revolves around the idea of ​​the sufficiency of a man, himself, to survive and above all to be happy.

“You have to live in the present, jump on every wave, find your eternity every moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look to another land. There is no other earth, there is no other life than this one.

Love for nature, self-conscious thoughts and strength in oneself are what we all lack deep down in this tech racing world, despite being seemingly happy. This book is a preview, actually a reminder for us to start to cherish the little moments, the little things, and the few resources we have, and to trust our personal power.

My life and my work through Henry ford

Theme: Discipline

Ideas, hard work, discipline, faith, consistency, good character and contempt for competition are what this classic book is full of and we have a lot to learn from it.

Based on the theme of discipline, this autobiography of Henry Ford is not a way of life but the state of mind that we need to motivate us. Beautifully written, it is the story of a hardworking man, Ford, who changed the world through his vision and hard work and always preferred the public good to his own profit. Reading this book will give you laughs and lots of inspiration.

Here is a passage from this eternal classic hit:

“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to manage and care for. It will be built with the best materials, by the best men to hire, according to the simplest designs modern engineering can conceive. But its price will be so low that no man who earns a good salary will be able to own one… ”

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