Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centred, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any crisis.

Professor William George Jordan (1864-1928) was an American editor and essayist, considered by some to be one of the greatest essayists of his time. He graduated from the City College of New York and began his literary career as editor of Book Chat in 1884. Later he became the editor of Current Literature, from which he retired to enter the lecture field. In 1897 he was managing editor of The Ladies Home Journal, after which he edited The Saturday Evening Post. Starting in 1899 he was the editor and vice-president of Continental Publishing Co.

William wrote a number of religious and self help books in the early 1900’s, the most famous being The Majesty of Calmness: Individual Problems and Possibilities (1900). Some of his other works include: The Kingship of Self-Control (1899), The Power of Truth (1902), The Crown of Individuality (1909), The Power of Purpose (1910) and The Power of Peace.

The Fatalist is not calm. He is the coward slave of his environment, hopelessly surrendering to his present condition, recklessly indifferent to his future. He accepts his life as a rudderless ship, drifting on the ocean of time. He has no compass, no chart, no known port to which he is sailing. His self-confessed inferiority to all nature is shown in his existence of constant surrender. It is not, –calmness. The man who is calm has his course in life clearly marked on his chart. His hand is ever on the helm.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One – The Majesty of Calmness4
  • Chapter Two – Hurry, the Scourge of America8
  • Chapter Three – The Power of Personal Influence12
  • Chapter Four – The Dignity of Self-Reliance16
  • Chapter Five – Failure as a Success21
  • Chapter Six – Doing Our Best at Al Times26
  • Chapter Seven – The Royal Road to Happiness32

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