William George Jordan- Must Read

I have read somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 books on various topics involving ideas and practices

William George Jordan
William George Jordan

for improving your life in some way, and one of the first was written by William George Jordan. It is an experience that I credit with fueling the desire to learn more and to begin to notice how AI thought and what I was thinking.  The Majesty of Calmness, The Power of Truth, Self Control, Its Kinship and Majesty, The Trusteeship of Life or The Kingship of Self-Control, would .all be great for your mental growth and prosperity.

William George Jordan lived during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  His thoughts provide outstanding connections to life today and wonderful food for the mind.  I highly recommend him for your kindle today it will help build your confidence and show you how to improve your self-esteem!  Below are some of the quotes that I liked from the book so far.  I will challenge you that if you read this book you will not be able to stop yourself from being a better person and making positive changes in your life. It’s impossible. There is also a video containing just a few of the thoughts of WJG. Enjoy. I think it will be good for your soul.  You will start to think on a different level.


Some quotes From William George Jordan

” Life is not really what comes to us, but what we get from it.”

“Man is placed into this world not as a finality but as a possibility.”

“Man in his weakness is the creature of circumstances: Man in his strength is the creator of circumstances.”

“I am a great human soul with endless possibilities.”

“The greatest of all control is self-control.”

“Will he be king or will he be slave?  The answer lies with him.”

“True friendship is rare; its great value is in a crisis, —-like a lifeboat.  Many a boasted friend has proved a leaking, worthless “lifeboat” when the storm of adversity might make him useful.”

“How will I let that poverty or wealth affect me?  If that trial or deprivation has left me better, truer, nobler, then, —-poverty has been riches, failure has been a success.  If wealth has come to me and has made me  vain, cynical, closing from me all the tenderness of life, all the channels of higher development, of possible good to my fellow-man, making me the mere custodian of a money-bag, then, wealth has lied to me, it has been failure, not success; it has not been riches, it has been dark, treacherous poverty that stole from me even Myself.”

“All things become for us then what we take from them.”

“Failure is one of God’s educators.”

“The failure of a caterpillar is the success of a butterfly.”

“It is at night, in the darkest hours, those preceding dawn, that plants grow best, that they most increase in size.  May this not be one of Nature’s gentle showings to man of the times when he grows best, of the darkness of failure that is evolving into the sunlight of success.”

“Let us fear only the failure of not living the right as we see it, leaving the results to the guardianship of the Infinite.”

“Many of the rivers of our greatest prosperity and growth have had their source and their trickling increase into volume among the dark, gloomy recesses of our failure.”

“I will do each day, in every moment, the best I can by the light I have: I will ever seek more truth, and ever live as best I can in harmony with the truth as I see it.  If my pathway then lie in the shadow of trial, sorrow and suffering.  I shall have the restful peace and the calm strength of one who has done his best, who can look back upon the past with no pang of regret, and who has heroic courage in facing the results, whatever they be, knowing that he could not make them different. “

“The man who is seeking ever to do his best is the man who is keen, active, wide-awake, and aggressive.  He is ever watchful of himself in trifles: His standard is not “What will the world say?—but—“Is it worthy of me!”

“Education, in its highest sense, is conscious training of mind or body to act unconsciously.  It is conscious formation of mental habits, not mere acquisition of information.”

“Man is the creator of his own happiness; it is the aroma of life lived in harmony with high ideals.  For what a man has, he may be dependent on others: what he is, rests with him alone.”

Gossip is one of the popular crimes that has caused infinitely more sorrow in life than—murder. It is drunkenness of the tongue; it is assassination of reputations. It runs the cowardly gamut from mere ignorant, impertinent intrusion into the lives of others to malicious slander.”

Life of William George Jordan

Jordan was born in New York City on March 6, 1864. He graduated from the City College of New York and began his literary career as editor of Book Chat in 1884. He joined Current Literature in 1888 and became its managing editor. In 1891 he left Current Literature and moved to Chicago where he started a lecture program on his system of Mental Training. He returned to Current Literature in January of 1894 as its managing editor and then resigned again in August of 1886. In 1897 he was hired as the managing editor for The Ladies Home Journal, after which he edited The Saturday Evening Post (1888-89). From 1899 to 1905 he was the editor and vice-president of Continental Publishing Company. He was the editor of the publication Search-Light between 1905 and 1906.

4 thoughts on “William George Jordan- Must Read”

  1. oh what fun you introduced me to! I read one of his works today–on Calmness. it was enjoyable, I highlighted and made notes to my heart’s content! Which is not the type of content Jordan was discussing. I was happy while reading and marking up his words! Another life changing person is Joseph Campbell. I was introduced to him about a year ago, good stuff out there. If you opt to enter in. THANK you!

    1. You are very welcome. He is one of my favorites of all time, (I know you know), just positive thoughts that really resonated with me at the time of my first reading and stayed with me ever since. I think it was material that lead to the path of discovery I have been on since. Our thoughts matter, about ourselves, other people, the world, EVERYTHING!! 🙂

      Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
      Joseph Campbell

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