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Summary of the Book 'A Man Of The World':
The Know-It-All: One Mans Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World is the title of a book by Esquire editor A. J. Jacobs published in 2004. It recounts his experience of reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica all 32 volumes of the 2002 edition extending to over 33000 pages with some 44 million words. He set out on this endeavour to become the smartest person in the world. The book is organized alphabetically in encyclopedia format and recounts both interesting facts from the encyclopedia and the authors experiences.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Man Of The World':
... are two worlds in the minds of men: the one is artificial, selfish, and personal, the other is real and universal the one is limited, material, ... ... the business world. When we say that a man of the world is generally understood to be a man who knows all the villains in it, it seems at first sight ... ... steadily before the eyes of physician and nurse, and if both had a strong desire to bring the patient, as nearly as possible, up to their own high standard ... ... the dirt is on the outside, and can be washed off with soap and water. Very few so-called men or women of the world are willing to appear dirty and ... ... is merely the perversion of good things to useless, trivial, and degrading ends. He has no power in himself except as we give him power, and we give ... ... yields to the evil and allows it to become a part of himself. And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. The truth which makes ... ... sympathize with the sin, in both cases the understanding will be clear and comprehensive. A child cannot understand either Iago or Don Juan, neither ... ... able to understand all phases of it in general, but we must also understand the various types in particular. There are nations, there are grades and ... ... must be able to judge particular cases and special circumstances by standards which to the majority of minds do not exist. For want of such clear understanding ... ... principles of morality. There are times when those who act from higher standards must appear to contradict entirely all conventional modes of life, but ... ... Pharisees were hopelessly unable to understand Him, but that was because of their own blindness. In laying down the principle that the Sabbath was made ... ... of view of good we can see and understand evil, but from the point of view of evil we can neither see nor understand real goodness. A man to understand ... ... perception of universal truth will lead him eventually into true harmony with the best in others. We know of only one man in the history of the ... ... means for performing a perfect cure. If he listens attentively, and earnestly tries to appreciate what may be good in his patient's ideas, so ... ... as brutal as John, and do not know it and if I am, how can I find it out.. We must have the habit of first casting the beam out of our own eye, before ... ... in its essence similar to the narrowness of the dwellers in a small, gossiping country town. The worldly men have more superficial knowledge than the ... ... it, but, if we work diligently to try it and to prove it, and are openly willing and glad to acknowledge whenever we have misinterpreted it, we shall ... ... without being founded on a universal human principle,-whatever is purely sectarian or national, or pertaining to a class or particular clique ... ... which worldly self-interest has organized for its own protection,-is that which man derives from the Divine. It is the world as made and sustained ... ... Payson Call : Nerves And Common SenseAnnie Payson Call (1853-1940) was a Waltham author. She wrote several books and published articles in ...