Hugh Prather, 72, died on November 15 here in Tucson. He was the well known author of a self-help book that sold 5 million copies, “Notes to Myself: My
Struggle to Become a Person”, pictured here.
I confess I am one of those 5 million people that purchased Hugh’s book and enjoyed it immensely, for its timeless existential thoughts and advice about love, relationships, self-esteem. I also own two others of Prather’s books, one being “I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches me” (1972), and the other “Notes on Love and Courage” (1977).
A quote from Prather’s 1970 “Notes to Myself”:
When someone disagrees with me, I do not have to immediately start revising what I just said. People don’t want me to always agree with them. They can sense this is phony. They can sense I am trying to control them: I am agreeing with them to make them like me. They feel; “I don’t want to exist to like you. I DON’T exist to like you.”
Another Prather quote: “My trouble is I analyze life instead of live it.” And
“Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues.”
Read more about Prather and his wife Gayle in the Arizona Daily Star’s article after he died (click here). Prather was born in Dallas, Texas and moved here with his wife in 1990. He died at home, apparently of a heart attack.
Memorial services will be held today at 3 p.m. at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist church, 4625 E. River Rd. (NW corner of Swan). Phone: (520) 299-9063.
Rest in peace Hugh.
UPDATE: I just located via the internet, one more of my favorite Prather quotes:
“When I get to where I can enjoy just lying on the rug picking up lint balls, I will no longer be too ambitious.’’