Remember Arnold Bennett’s Timeless Advice on Turning Over a New Leaf

a summertime view upwards into the canopy of a beech and oak tree, with the leaves illuminated by sunlight

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour
are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”

Arnold Bennett has given us timeless and timely perspective on opportunity, ambition, and how the present is constantly new. He uses that botanical figure of speech “turning over a new leaf.”

We use this expression a lot, probably without thinking about it much.

A lot of people may think it is about leaves. I bet most of the public don’t realize this phrase doesn’t refer to leaves on trees or plants.

It’s a page in a book.

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