Wisdom via my friend Victoria Howard from an enlightened one James Anthony Froude in the year 1849.
What to do in the NOW is not in a Book or on TV or in your I pad it is out there and up there and has always been there.
[Y]ou must learn what life is now, not from me, but from life itself; but, if you will hear an old man’s opinion, I will give it you. If you think you can temper yourself into manliness by sitting here over your books, supposing you will grow into it as a matter of course by a rule of necessity, in the same way as your body grows old, it is the very silliest fancy that ever tempted a young man into his ruin. You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. Go out into life, you will find your chance there, and only there.
~James Anthony Froude, The Nemesis of Faith, 1849, commonly misattributed to Henry David Thoreausom