Based on the premise that communication of human experience forms its own source of emotional strength for the listener, this book is designed to support and encourage the reader during aimless or troubled times and hopefully to point the way toward possible solutions to many of life's dilemmas. Regardless of status or era, countless well known personalities, writers, ministers, missionaries, statesmen and philosophers share their knowledge and experiences in the four major areas covered -- seeking a goal, a philosophy of life, -- struggling with hostile environments and successfully calling up inner resources in crises, -- recognizing a dwindling youth and finding satisfactions in later life -- emerging from grief and personal bereavement a whole, infinitely deeper human being. By no means a ""how-to"" rule book, this is a sharing of insight gained from various experiences by those who have emerged from ponderous introspection and struggle with some measure of truth. If one believes in inspiration via the written word, one can choose from a large if uneven variety of contributors -- from Socrates, to Schweitzer, from Emerson to Helen Keller, from Maeterlinck to Russell, even from Bob Hope. For random reading.