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HE man who, by some sudden revolution of fortune, is lifted up all at once into a condition of life greatly above what he had formerly lived in, may be assured that the congratulations of his best friends are not all of them perfectly sincere. An upstart, though of the greatest merit, is generally disagreeable, and a sentiment of envy commonly prevents us from heartily sympathizing with his joy. If he has any judgment, he is sensible of this, and, instead of appearing to be elated with his good fortune, he endeavors, as much as he can, to smother his joy, and keep down that elevation of mind with which his new circumstances naturally inspire him. He affects the same plainness of dress, and the same modesty of behavior, which became him in his former station. He redoubles his attention to his old friends, and endeavors more than ever to be humble, assiduous and complaisant. And this is the behavior which in his situation we most approve of; because we expect, it seems, that he should have more sympathy with our envy and aversion to his happiness, than we have with his happiness. It is seldom that with all this he succeeds. We suspect the sincerity of his humility, and he grows weary of this constraint. --Adam Smith.
ESIDES theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart like that induced by the study of the science of divinity. The proof of this is that the Devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as he does before the Word of God. This is why the prophets preferred music before all the other arts, proclaiming the Word in psalms and hymns
Trusty, dusky, vivid, true,
The great Artificer made my mate.
Honor, anger, valor, fire,
Teacher, tender comrade, wife,
HE man who starts out with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day's task successfully, stay faithfully within the natural operations of commercial law, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.-Rockefeller.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
My heart, which is full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. -Martin Luther.
CIENCE seems to me to teach in the highest and strongest manner the great truth which is embodied in the Christian conception of entire surrender to the will of God. Sit down before the fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.-Huxley.
ITHOUT distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love. Lavish it upon the poor, where it is very easy; especially upon the rich, who often need it most; most of all upon our equals, where it is very difficult, and for whom perhaps we each do least of all. -Henry Drummond.
Live and think.-Samuel Lover.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.-Mark Twain.
HERE is no more valuable subordinate than the man to whom you can give a piece of work and then forget it, in the confident expectation that the next time it is brought to your attention it will come in the form of a report that the thing has been done. When this self-reliant quality is joined to executive power, loyalty and common sense, the result is a man whom you can trust.
On the other hand, there is no greater nuisance to a man heavily burdened with the direction of affairs than the weak-backed assistant who is continually trying to get his chief to do his work for him on the feeble plea that he thought the chief would like to decide this or that himself. The man to whom an executive is most grateful, the man whom he will work hardest and value most, is the man who accepts responsibility willingly.-Gifford Pinchot.
HILE the railroads of the United States may have mistakes to answer for, they have created the most effective, useful, and by far the cheapest system of land transportation in the world. This has been accomplished with very little legislation and against an immense volume of opposition and interference growing out of ignorance and misunderstanding. It is not an exaggeration to say that in the past history country the next after the Christian religion and the public school, has been the largest single contributing factor to the welfare and happiness of the people.-James J. Hill.
(OU want a better position than you now have in business, a better and fuller place in life. All right; think of that better place and you in it as already existing. Form the mental image. Keep on thinking of that higher position, keep the image constantly before you, and -no, you will not suddenly be transported into the higher job, but you will find that you are preparing yourself to occupy the better position in life-your body, your energy, your understanding, your heart will all grow up to the job-and when you are ready, after hard work, after perhaps years of preparation, you will get the job and the higher place in lite.-Joseph H. Appel.
KNOW the beds of Eastern princes, and the luxurious couches of Occidental plutocrats, but under the rafters of a farmhouse, where the mudwasp's nest answers for a Rembrandt and the cobweb takes the place of a Murillo, there is a feather-bed into which one softly sinks until his every inch is soothed and fitted, and settling down and farther down falls into sweet unconsciousness, while the screech-owl is calling from the moonlit oak and frost is falling upon the asters. Stocks may fluctuate and panic seize the town, but there is one man who is in peace.
-Robert T. Morris.
ANISH the future; live only for
the hour its Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day; for surely our plain duty is "not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."-Osler.
HE best way for a young man who is without friends or influence to begin is: first, to get a position; second, to keep his mouth shut; third, observe; fourth, be faithful; fifth, make his employer think he would be lost in a fog without him; sixth, be polite.
HAT is music? This question occupied my mind for hours last night before I fell asleep. The very existence of music is wonderful, I might even say miraculous. Its domain is between thought and phenomena. Like a twilight mediator, it hovers between spirit and matter, related to both, yet differing from each. It is spirit, but it is spirit subject to the measurement of time. It is matter, but it is matter that can dispense with space.-Heinrich Heine.
O renounce your individuality, to see with another's eyes, to hear with another's ears, to be two and yet but one, to so melt and mingle that you no longer know you are you or another, to constantly absorb and constantly radiate, to reduce earth, sea and sky and all that in them is to a single being, to give yourself to that being so wholly that nothing whatever is withheld, to be prepared at any moment for sacrifice, to double your personality in bestowing it-that is love.-Gautier
ELODY has by Beethoven been
freed from the influence of Fashion and changing Taste, and raised to an ever-valid, purely human type. Beethoven's music will be understood to all time, while that of his predecessors will, for the most part, only remain intelligible to us through the medium of reflection on the history of art.-Richard Wagner.
like a loving mother, is
ever trying to keep land and sea, mountain and valley, each in its place, to hush the angry winds and waves, balance the extremes of heat and cold, of rain and drought, that peace, harmony and beauty may reign supreme. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
HY should we call ourselves men, unless it be to succeed in everything, everywhere? Say of nothing, "This is beneath me," nor feel that anything is beyond our powers. Nothing is impossible to the man who can will. -Mirabeau.
we do our best; if we do not magnify trifling troubles; if we look resolutely, I will not say at the bright side of things, but at things as they really are; if we avail ourselves of the manifold blessings which surround us, we can not but feel that life is indeed a glorious inheritance.-John Lubbock.
HE passions are the only orators that always persuade; they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it. -La Rochefoucauld.
LL those who love Nature she loves in turn, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things, of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.
evident that a
great part of every man's life must be employed in collecting materials for the exercise of genius. Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory: nothing can come of nothing: he who has laid up no materials can produce no combinations. The more extensive, therefore, your acquaintance is with the works of those who have excelled, the more extensive will be your powers of invention, and, what may appear still more like a paradox, the more original will be your conceptions. -Sir Joshua Reynolds.
E are never better understood than when we speak of a "Roman virtue❞—a "Roman outline." There is somewhat indefinite, somewhat yet unfulfilled, in the thought of Greece, of Spain, of modern Italy; but Rome, it stands by itself a clear word. The power of Will, the dignity of a fixed purpose, is what it utters.-Margaret Fuller.
CONFESS I am not at all charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the normal state of human beings is that of struggling to get on; that the trampling, crushing, elbowing, and treading on each other's heels, which form the existing type of human life, are the most desirable lot of humankind, or anything but the disagreeable symptoms of one of the phases of industrial progress.-J. S. Mill.
ITHOUT free speech no search for truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked and the nations no longer march forward toward the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race. -Charles Bradlaugh.
HE longer I live, the more deeply I am convinced that that which makes the difference between one man and another-between the weak and the powerful, the great and the insignificant
-is energy, invincible determination, a purpose once formed and then death or victory.-Powell Buxton.
VERY year I live I am more con
vinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well. No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime let out all the length of all the reins." -Mary Cholmondeley.
HAVE ever gained the most profit, and the most pleasure also, from the books which have made me think the most; and, when the difficulties have once been overcome, these are the books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections.-A. W. Hare.
HANK God every morning when
you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know. -Charles Kingsley.
HE study of art possesses this great and peculiar charm, that it is absolutely unconnected with the struggles and contests of ordinary life. By private interests and by political questions, men are deeply divided and set at variance; but beyond and above all such party strifes, they are attracted and united by a taste for the beautiful in art. It is a taste at once engrossing and unselfish, which may be indulged without effort and yet has the power of exciting the deepest emotions-a taste able to exercise and to gratify both the nobler and the softer parts of our nature-the imagination and the judgment, love ct emotion and power of reflection, the enthusiasm and the critical faculty, the senses and the reason.-Guizot.
HERE is no short-cut, no patent tram-road, to wisdom. After all the centuries of invention, the soul's path lies through the thorny wilderness which must still be trodden in solitude, with bleeding feet, with sobs for help, as it was trodden by them of old time. -George Eliot.
HONOR any man who in the conscious discharge of his duty dares to stand alone; the world, with ignorant, intolerant judgment, may condemn; the countenances of relatives may be averted, and the hearts of friends grow cold; but the sense of duty done shall be sweeter than the applause of the world, the countenances of relatives, or the hearts of friends.-Charles Sumner.
Abraham Lincoln was as just and generous to the rich and well-born as to the poor and humble-a thing rare among politicians.-John Hay.
ANY a woman committing herself to a course that disregards the edicts of society knows with her mind that she is doing a foolish thing, while with her heart she rejoices in her folly and lauds herself for her high indifference to convention.
Then when she finds herself suspected, assailed or ridiculed, she is amazed and deeply wounded, though with her intellect she has clearly understood the inevitableness of her reward s
This propensity to divorce impulse from good judgment, to do a rash thing for affection's sake, and then to writhe when the condemnation comes-is there any more truly feminine bit of sophistry in the strange round of woman's reason? The ostrich with her head in the sand is not more pathetic or absurd than a woman thus hoodwinking herself.
HE sun is just rising on the morning
of another day, the first day of a new year. What can I wish that this day, this year, may bring to me? Nothing that shall make the world or others poorer, nothing at the expense of other men; but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me, but touch me rather, as they pass and gather strength:
A few friends who understand me, and yet remain my friends.
A work to do which has real value without which the world would feel the poorer.
A return for such
work small enough not to tax unduly any one who pays.
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed. An understanding heart
Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end.
Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
From morn till night, my friend.
But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You can not miss that inn.
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
They will not keep you standing at that door.
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Yea, beds for all who come.
HIS earth with its infinitude of life and beauty and mystery, and the universe in the midst of which we are placed, with its overwhelming immensities of suns and nebulae, of light and motion, are as they are, firstly, for the development of life culminating in man; secondly, as a vast schoolhouse for the higher education of the human race in preparation for the enduring spiritual life to which it is destined.
-Alfred Russel Wallace.
Wonder is involuntary praise.-Young.
Up-Hill," by Christina G. Rossetti
A sight of the eternal hills and unresting sea, and of something beautiful the hand of man has made.
A sense of humor and the power to
laugh. A little leisure with nothing to do. A few moments of quiet, silent meditation. The sense of the presence of God s
And the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to know them when they come.—“A Morning Wish," by W. R. Hunt.
HERE is quite as much education and true learning in the analysis of an ear of corn as in the analysis of a complex sentence; ability to analyze clover and alfalfa roots savors of quite as much culture as does the study of the Latin and Greek roots.
O. H. Benson.