A New Treasury of Words to Live By Author:William Nichols, Edited by (From the Introduction) — THE "WORDS TO LIVE BY" series in THIS WEEK magazine was born in 1947, at a time when Americans were seeking to adjust from wartime conditions back to the uneasy terms of atomic peace. — The idea for the series stemmed from the reading of a book by David Grayson which told stories about rural life in his New England villag... more »e. One character appealed to me immediately. He was a farmer, and whenever he ran across some bit of verse or prose he liked he slipped the words inside his hatband, to be tacked up later on his granary wall.
"I thought afterward," Grayson wrote, "how most of us have collections of sayings we live by . . . I believe it would be difficult to find an adult human being who hasn't a saying or two, or more, that he is saving because it expresses something vital."
"Words to Live By" was conceived not as essays that would teach people, or preach at them, but as a collection of such "sayings" combined with the actual experience of the people who chose them. It was to provide, in terms of contemporary American--and for the thirteen million families who receive THIS WEEK--the modern equivalent of David Grayson's granary wall.
. . . William Nichols, New York City, January 25, 1959« less