"Every age has its own special difficulties and dangers. The disease which specially threatens this generation is restlessness, distraction, dissipation of intellectual and moral power. Its consequence is exhaustion and nervous collapse. And its symptom is Hurry"
Life in a Bustle: Advice to Youth is part of 'Found on the Shelves', published with The London Library. The books in this series have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over 17 miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.
Sir Alfred Milner's busy life as a barrister, a journalist, a private secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, a Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, a High Commissioner for South Africa, a Member of the War Cabinet, a Secretary of State for War, a Fellow of New College, Oxford, a member of The London Library and a writer of history and advice on over-achievement lasted from 1854 to 1925. Percy Arthur Barnett (1858-1942) grew up in the Jews' Hospital and Orphan Asylum, Norwood. As well as being a member of The London Library, he was a teacher and educational theorist, and was sent to oversee the reorganization of the education system in Natal following the Boer War. Claude Joseph Goldsmid Montefiore was a member of the Anglo-Jewish elite who broke with Jewish orthodoxy when he founded Liberal Judaism in Britain. He died "disappointed and embittered" at the relative failure of Liberal Judaism, which he blamed on the rise of Zionism. After his death in 1938 The London Library received a bequest of all the pamphlets (around 5,000 titles) he had collected in the course of his life.