I think this must be one of the best books on learning
in natural systems. By far, the best one I have ever
read. For me it was the source of inspiration,
the textbook, the guide to life.
The days were too short. There was so much he wanted to study. He cut his
sleep down to five hours and found that he could get along upon it.
He tried four hours and a half, and regretfully came back to five. He could
joyfully have spent all his waking hours upon any one of his pursuits. It
was with regret that he ceased from writing to study, that he ceased from
study to go to the library, that he tore himself away from that
chart-room of knowledge or from the magazines in the reading-room that
were filled with the secrets of writers who succeeded in selling their
wares. It was like severing heart strings, when he was with Ruth, to stand
up and go; and he scorched through the dark streets so as to get
home to his books at the least possible expense of time. And hardest of
all was it to shut up the algebra or physics, put note-book and pencil
aside, and close his tired eyes in sleep. He hated the thought of ceasing
to live, even for so short a time, and his sole consolation was that the
alarm clock was set five hours ahead. He would lose only five hours
anyway, and then the jangling bell would jerk him out of unconsciousness
and he would have before him another glorious day of nineteen hours..."
Jack London. "Martin Eden".
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