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By NIXON WATERMAN
THE GIRL WANTED
A BOOK OF VERSES
IN MERRY MOOD
A Book of Cheerful Rhymes.
Cloth, umo, each, $1.25.
FORBES & COMPANY, CHICAGO
A BOOK OF CHEERFUL COUNSEL
AUTHOR OF "THE GIRL WANTED,"
"A BOOK OF VERSES," ETC.
FORBES AND COMPANY
All Rights Reserved
—the boy who discerns
He can never be "it"
Until he develops
Acknowledgments are hereby made to the pub-
lishers of Life, Success, Saturday Evening Post,
Woman's Home Companion, St. Nicholas, Chris-
tian Endeavor World, Young People's Weekly,
Youth's Companion, and other periodicals, for their
courteous permission to reprint the author's copy-
righted poems which originally appeared in their
TN presenting this book of cheerful counsel to his youthful
friends, and such of the seniors as are not too old to ac-
cept a bit of friendly admonition, the author desires to offer
a word of explanation regarding the history of the making
of this volume.
So many letters have been received from people of all
classes and ages requesting copies of some of the author's
lines best suited for the purpose of engendering a sense of
self-help in the mind of youth, that he deems it expedient to
offer a number of his verses in the present collected form.
While he is indebted to a great array of bright minds for
the prose incidents and inspiration which constitute a large
portion of this volume, he desires to be held personally
responsible for all of the rhymed lines to be found within
It may be especially true of advice that "it is more
blessed to give than to receive," but it is hoped that in this
present form of tendering friendly counsel the precepts will
be accepted in the same cheerful spirit in which they are
The author realizes that no one is more urgently in need
of good advice and the intelligence to follow it than is the
writer of these lines, and none cries more earnestly the well-
known truth —
Oh, fellow men and brothers,
Could we but use the free
Advice we give to others,
How happy we should be !
While the title of this book and the character of its con-
tents make it obvious that it is a volume designed primarily
for the guidance of youth, no one should pass it by merely
because he has reached the years of maturity, and presum-
ably of discretion. As a matter of fact Time cannot remove
any of us very far from the fancies and foibles, the dreams
and dangers of life's morning hours.
Age bringeth wisdom, so they say,
But lots of times we 've seen
A man long after he was gray
Keep right on being "green."
I THE AWAKENING n
The life partnership. When to begin. Foresight. " Boy Want-
ed." The power of mind. "Couldn't and Could." Selfmade
men. " Deliver the Goods."
II "AM I A GENIUS?" 23
Genius defined. Inspiration and perspiration. "Stick to It."
Genius and patience. " Keep Pegging Away." Examples of pa-
tience. "The Secret of Success."
III OPPORTUNITY 35
What is a fair chance? Abraham Lincoln. Depending on self.
" Myself and I." The importance of the present moment. " Right
Here and Just Now." Poverty and success. " Keep A-Trying."
IV OVER AND UNDERDOING 49
Precocity. Starting too soon as bad as starting too late. The
value of health. " Making a man." The worth of toil. " How to
Win Success." Sharpened wits. " The Steady Worker."
V THE VALUE OF SPARE MOMENTS ... 61
Wasting time. "The 'Going-to-Bees !'" The possibilities of one
hour a day. "Just This Minute." The vital importance of prop-
erly employing leisure moments. " Do It Now."
VI CHEERFULNESS 75
The value of smiles. "To Know All is to Forgive All." Hope
and strength. "A Cure for Trouble." Carlyle on cheerfulness.
"The One With a Song." Pessimism as a barrier to success. "A
Smile and a Task." A profitable virtue. "An Open Letter to the
VII DREAMING AND DOING 89
Practicality. " Hank Streeter's Brain - Wave." Self-esteem.
"The Valley of Never." Opportunity and application. "Yender
VIII "TRIFLES" 101
The value of little things. Sowing and reaping. The power of
habit. " ' I Wish ' and ' I Will.' " Jenny Lind's humble begin-
ning. Canova's genius. Present opportunities. " ' Now' and
' Waitawhile.' "
IX THE WORTH OF ADVICE 115
Heeding the sign-post. The value of guide-books. "The
World's Victors." Good books a boy's best friend. The danger
of knowing too much. " My Boyhood Dreams." Reading and
X REAL SUCCESS 129
Are you the boy wanted? Money and success. " On Getting
Rich." Thinking and doing. Life's true purpose. " The Mother's
Lincoln's Birthplace .....
Patrick Henry Delivering His Celebrated
Watt Discovering the Condensation of Steam
Longfellow's Birthplace ....
Garfield as a Canal Boy ....
Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin
Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon
Facing page 23
" BOY WANTED
LJO, my brave youth! There 's a "Boy
Wanted," and — how fortunate! —
you are the very boy!
Who wants you?
The big, busy, beautiful world wants
you, and I really do not see how it is
going to get on well without you. It has
awaited your coming so long, and has
kept in store so many golden oppor-
tunities for you to improve, it will be
disappointed if, when the proper time
arrives, you do not smilingly lay hold
and do something worth while.
When are you to begin?
Oh, I sincerely hope that you have
already begun to begin; that is, that you
have already begun to train your hand
and head and heart for making the most
of the opportunities that await you. In
Nothing is impossi-
ble to the man who
can will. — Mirabeau.
You will find poetry
nowhere unless you
bring some with you.
Things don't turn
up in this world until
somebody turns them
up. — Garfield.
Work has made me
what I am. I never
ate a bit of idle bread
in my life. — Daniel
In the blackest soils
grow the fairest flow-
ers, and the loftiest
and strongest trees
among the rocks. —
there cannot be truth ;
and without truth
there can be no other
virtue. — Walter
fact, if you are so fortunate as to own
thoughtful, intelligent parents, the work
of fitting you for the victories of life was
begun before you were old enough to
give the subject serious consideration.
"When shall I begin to train my
child?" asked a young mother of a wise
"How old is the child?" inquired the
"Then you have already lost just two
years," was his serious response.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, when asked
the same question, said: "You must be-
gin with the child's grandmother."
But no matter what has or has not been
done for you up to the present time, you
and I know that from now on your future
welfare will be largely of your own mak-
ing and in your own keeping. If you
will thoughtfully plan your purpose as
definitely as conditions will permit and
then learn to stick to it through thick and
thin, your success in life is quite well
assured, and you need not fear that at the
end of the journey you will have to say,
as does many a man while retrospectively
viewing his years:
O'er life's long and winding pathway,
Looking backward, I confess
I have not at looking forward
Been a genuine success.
What is there for you to do?
Everything and anything you can do
or care to do. You are to take your pick
of all the trades, professions, and voca-
tions of mankind. Look about you and
note the thousand and one things now
being done by the men of to-day. It will
not be so very long till all of these men
will be old enough to retire from active
service, and then you and the other boys,
who in the meantime have grown to
man's estate, will be called upon to per-
form every one of the tasks these men are
now doing. Does n't it look as if there
would be plenty of honest, earnest, whole-
some toil for hand and head in store for
you as soon as you are ready to undertake
it? You cannot wonder that the busy old
world is ever and always hanging out its
"Wanted — A Boy." How often we
This quite familiar notice see.
Wanted — a boy for every kind
Of task that a busy world can find.
Vigilance in watch-
ing opportunity; tact
and daring in seizing
upon opportunity ;
force and persistence
in crowding oppor-
tunity to its utmost of
— these are the mar-
tial virtues which must
command success. —
Work is the inevi-
table condition of hu-
man life, the true
source of human wel-
fare. — Tolstoi.
People do not lack
strength ; they lack
will. — Victor Hugo
You cannot dream
yourself into a char-
acter; you must ham-
mer and forge one
yourself. — Froude.
The truest wisdom
is a resolute determi-
nation. — Napoleon.
While we are con-
sidering when to be-
gin, it is often too late
to act. — Quintilian.
He is wanted — wanted now and here ;
There are towns to build ; there are paths to clear ;
There are seas to sail ; there are gulfs to span,
In the ever onward march of man.
Wanted — the world wants boys to-day
And it offers them all it has for pay.
'T will grant them wealth, position, fame,
A useful life, and an honored name.
Boys who will guide the plow and pen ;
Boys who will shape the ways for men ;
Boys who will forward the tasks begun,
For the world's great work is never done.
The world is eager to employ
Not just one, but every boy
Who, with a purpose stanch and true,
Will greet the work he finds to do.
Honest, faithful, earnest, kind, —
To good, awake; to evil, blind, —
A heart of gold without alloy, —
Wanted — the world wants such a boy.
No, the world does not insist that you
are to accept a position and begin work
with your hands at once, but it wishes you
to begin to think right things. "As he
thinketh in his heart, so is he." What
you think will have much to do in deter-
mining what you are to become.
The mind is master of the man,
And so "they can who think they can."
This influence of the mind in thus
shaping the man is very well set forth by
James Allen, who says: "A man's mind
may be likened to a garden, which may
be intelligently cultivated or allowed to
run wild; but whether cultivated or
neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.
If no useful seeds are put into it, then an
abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall
therein, and will continue to produce
their kind. Just as a gardener cultivates
his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and
growing the flowers and fruits which he
requires, so may a man tend the garden
of his mind, weeding out all the wrong,
useless, and impure thoughts, and culti-
vating toward perfection the flowers and
fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.
By pursuing this process, a man sooner
or later discovers that he is the master-
gardener of his soul, the director of his
life. He also reveals, within himself,
the laws of thought, and understands,
with ever-increasing accuracy, how the
thought-forces and mind-elements oper-
ate in the shaping of his character, cir-
cumstances, and destiny."
So it is not too early for you to begin
to think bravely and resolutely and hope-
ends, there dignity be-
gins. — Young.
Impossible is a
word found only in
the dictionary of fools.
I am in earnest. I
will not equivocate. I
will not excuse. I will
not retreat a single
inch; and I will be
heard. — Garrison.
While you stand de-
liberating which book
your son shall read
first, another boy has
read both. — Dr. John-
Dost thou love life ?
Then do not squander
time, for that is the
stuff" life is made of. —
When passion is on
the throne, reason is
out of doors. — Mat-
fully upon the life you intend to live, and
to cultivate the mental and physical
strength that shall help you later on to
put your good thoughts into permanent
good deeds. Certainty of victory goes
far toward winning battles before they
are fought. The boy who thinks "I can"
is much more likely to succeed in life
than is the one who thinks "I can't."
"COULDN'T" AND "COULD"
"Could n't" and "Could" were two promising boys
Who lived not a great while ago.
They had just the same playmates and just the same
And just the same chances for winning life's joys
And all that the years may bestow.
And "Could" soon found out he could fashion his life
On lines very much as he planned;
He could cultivate goodness and guard against strife ;
He could have all his deeds with good cheer to be
And build him a name that would stand.
But poor little "Couldn't" just couldn't pull
All the trials he met with a sigh ;
When a task needed doing, he could n't, he knew ;
And hence, when he could n't, how could he ? Could
If you couldn't determine you'd try?
So "Could" just kept building his way to success,
Nor clouding his sky with a doubt,
But "Could n't" strayed into the slough of Distress,
Alas! and his end it is easy to guess —
Strayed in, but he could n't get out.
And that was the difference 'twixt "Could n't" and
Each followed his own chosen plan;
And where "Couldn't" just wouldn't "Could"
And where one of them weakened the other "made
And won with his watchword, "I can!"
By reading between the lines we can
infer from the foregoing that what the
world really wants is men — good men.
But the world is old enough and wise
enough to know that if it does not train
up some good boys, there will be no good
men, by and by. "As the twig is bent the
tree is inclined." "The child is father
of the man."
So the world simply wishes to inform
you, here and now, that it will count on
your assistance as soon as you have had
sufficient time and opportunity to pre-
pare properly for the many chances it
has in store for you. It notifies you in
good season of the important use it hopes
I wasted time, and
now time doth waste
me. — Shakespeare.
Weak men wait for
men make them. —
Give me insight
into to-day, and you
may have the antique
and future worlds. —
When I don't know
whether to fight or
not, I always fight. —
What is a gentle-
man? I '11 tell you:
a gentleman is one
who keeps his prom-
ises made to those who
cannot enforce them.
When one begins to
turn in bed it is time
to turn out. — Wel-
to make of you. It does not wish you to
be confronted suddenly with a life prob-
lem you cannot solve intelligently. You
must be so well equipped that you will
not make life a "fizzle."
A "fizzle," as defined by the diction-
aries, is a bungling, unsuccessful under-
Life is, or ought to be, a splendid
undertaking. Some make a success of it ;
some make a "fizzle;" some make a sort
of half-and-half. Every one who lives
his or her life must make something of
it. What that "something" is depends
very largely on the individual person.
Heredity has something to do with it;
environment has something to do with it;
yet we like to think it is the individual
who has most to do with the finished
All men are to some degree "self-
made," although they are slow to admit
it except in instances where the work has
been well done.
The loser declares it is Fate's hard plan,
But the winner — ho, ho! — he 's a "self-made" man.
It is unfair for the loser to blame
others for his deficiencies and delin-
quencies. No one's reputation is likely
to suffer much lasting injury as long as
he keeps his character unspotted. What
others may say of us is not of so much
moment; the important question is, "Is
Of strife others make us, we 've little to fear
Because we can surely defeat it;
Few persons get into hot water, 't is clear,
But they furnish the fuel to heat it.
On the other hand the winner is
ungrateful when he credits to his own
ability the help and good influence he
has derived from his associates and his
surroundings. No one lives by, to, or for
himself, alone. A great man adds to his
greatness by generously praising those
who have aided in his advancement.
We are, most of us, selfishly slow to confess
How much others aid us in winning success ;
But the Fourth of July and the oyster must see
What failures, without any crackers, they 'd be.
This timely notice telling you what the
world is going to ask you to perform is
as if you were told to prepare to take
an extended and important journey. It
When I found I
was black, I resolved
to live as if I were
white, and so force
men to look below my
skin. — Alexandre
trample upon impossi-
bilities! — Pitt.
When all is holi-
day, there are no hol-
idays. — Lamb.
Let 's take the in-
stant by the forward
top. — Shakespeare.
I have generally
found that the man
who is good at an ex-
cuse is good for noth-
ing else. — Franklin.
I feel and grieve,
but, by the grace of
God, I fret at noth-
ing. — John Wesley.
would require some time for you to pro-
cure a trunk and a traveling-bag and to
select wearing apparel suitable for the
undertaking. Then, too, you would need
to study maps and time-tables so as to
select the best lines of travel and to make
advantageous connections with trains and
steamships. Furthermore, it would be
for your best interests to read books de-
scribing the countries through which you
were to pass, and to learn as much as pos-
sible regarding their peoples and cus-
As a matter of fact you are preparing
to start on an extended and important
journey. You are going out into the big
world, by and by, to do business. You
are going into partnership with the
world, after a fashion. You are to put
into the business your honesty, industry,
integrity, and ability, and in return for
your contributions, the world is to be-
stow upon you all the honor, fame, good-
will, and happiness of mind that your
manner of living your life shall merit.
The world is only too willing to bargain
for the highest and noblest and best prod-
ucts of the human mind with any one
DELIVER THE GOODS
The world will buy largely of any one who
Can deliver the goods.
It is ready and eager to barter if you
Can deliver the goods.
But don't take its order and make out the bill
Unless you are sure you '11 be able to fill
Your contract, because it won't pay you until
You deliver the goods.
The world rears its loftiest shafts to the men
Who deliver the goods.
With plow, lever, brush, hammer, sword, or with
They deliver the goods.
And while we their eloquent epitaphs scan
That say in the world's work they stood in the van,
We know that the meaning is, " Here lies a man
Who delivered the goods."
And rude or refined be your wares, still be sure
To deliver the goods.
Though a king or a clown, still remember that
To deliver the goods.
If you find you are called to the pulpit to preach,
To the grain-fields to till, to the forum to teach ;
Be you poet or porter, remember that each
Must deliver the goods.
We can sing away
our cares easier than
we can reason them
away. — Beecher.
Trifles make per-
fection, but perfection
is no trifle. — Michael
Anxiety never yet
over any chasm. —
PATRICK HENRY DELIVERING HIS CELEBRATED SPEECH
"AM I A GENIUS?"
"Y"OU hope, and perchance believe, no
doubt, that when you have a full op-
portunity to show the world what sort of
timber you are made of that it will look
upon you as being a "genius." Almost
every boy cherishes some such aspiration.
And why not? Such a trend of thought
is to be encouraged. It is proper and
commendable. We would all be geniuses
if we could.
The world admires a genius. If he is
the genuine article it seeks his autograph,
prints his picture in books and news-
papers, and when he passes away it is
likely to build a monument over his re-
And can we all be geniuses? Some
say we can and some say we cannot, quite.
Some say geniuses are born and some say
they are self-made.
When Mr. Edison, the famous electri-
True merit is like a
river, the deeper it is
the less noise it makes.
We know what we
are, but not what we
may be. — Shake-
Vacillation is the
prominent feature of
weakness of character.
fourths of life.
We must not yield
to difficulties, but
strive the harder to
overcome them. —
Robert E. Lee.
clause and part of
speech of a right book,
I meet the eyes of the
most determined men.
cian and inventor, was asked for his
definition of genius he answered: "Two
per cent is genius and ninety-eight per
cent is hard work." On another occasion
when asked: "Mr. Edison, don't you
believe that genius is inspiration?" he
replied, "No! genius is perspiration."
This definition of genius quite agrees
with that given by the American states-
man, Alexander Hamilton, who said:
"All the genius I have lies in just this:
When I have a subject in hand, I study
it profoundly. Day and night it is before
me. I explore it in all its bearings; my
mind becomes pervaded with it. Then
the effort which I make the people are
pleased to call genius. It is the fruit of
labor and thought."
Helvetius, the famous French philoso-
pher, says: "Genius is nothing but a
continued attention," and Buffon tells us
that "genius is only a protracted pa-
Turner, the great landscape painter,
when asked how he had achieved his
great success, replied: "I have no secret
but hard work. This is a secret that
many never learn, and they do not suc-
ceed because they do not learn it. Labor
is the genius that changes the world from
ugliness to beauty."
"The man who succeeds above his fel-
lows," says Lord Lytton, "is the one who
early in life clearly discerns his object
and toward that object habitually directs
his powers. Even genius itself is but fine
observation strengthened by fixity of pur-
pose. Every man who observes vigilantly
and resolves steadfastly grows uncon-
sciously into genius."
"Am I a genius?"
Now that you have asked the question,
why not carefully think it over and deter-
mine what the answer should be? Have
you patience and determination? Are
you cultivating the habit of sticking to
STICK TO IT
prim little postage-stamp, "holding your own"
In a manner so winning and gentle.
That you're "stuck on" your task — (is that
slang?) — you will own,
And yet, you 're not two-cent-imental.
1 have noted with pride that through thick and
You cling to a thing till you do it,
And, whatever your aim, you are certain to win
Because you 6eem bound to stick to it.
All your Greek will
never advance you
from secretary to en-
voy, or from envoy to
ambassador; but your
address, your air,
your manner, if good,
may. — Chesterfield.
'Tis the mind that
makes the body rich.
To read without re-
flection is like eating
without digesting. —
I learnt that noth-
ing can constitute good
breeding that has not
good nature for its
foundation. — Bulwer.
To acquire a few
tongues, says a French
writer, is the task of
a few years ; but to
be eloquent in one is
the labor of a life. —
To be proud of
learning is the great-
est ignorance. — Bish-
Sometimes when I feel just like shirking a task
Or quitting the work I 'm pursuing,
I recall your stick-to-it-ive-ness and I ask,
"Would a postage-stamp do as I 'm doing?"
Then I turn to whatever my hands are about
And with fortified purpose renew it,
And the end soon encompass, for which I set out,
If, only, like you, I stick to it.
The sages declare that true genius, so called,
Is simply the will to "keep at it."
A "won't-give-up" purpose is never forestalled,
No matter what foes may combat it.
And most of mankind's vaunted progress is made,
O stamp ! if the world only knew it,
By noting the wisdom which you have displayed
In sticking adhesively to it.
Genius has a twin brother whose name
is Patience. The one is quite often mis-
taken for the other, which is not strange
since they resemble each other so closely
their most intimate friends can scarcely
tell them apart. These two brothers usu-
ally work together, which enables the
world to tell who and what they are, for
whenever either of them is employed
singly and alone he is hardly ever recog-
One of these brothers plants the tree
and the other cares for it until the fruit
is finally matured. The tree which
"AM I A
Genius plants would never amount to
much if Patience were to grow tired of
watering and caring for it. There are
weeds to be kept down, branches to be
pruned, the soil must be looked after,
worms'-nests must be destroyed, and
many things must be done before the
fruit is ready to harvest.
If Patience were to refuse to work at
any time the whole undertaking would
prove a failure. But he does not. He
performs his plain, simple duty, day after
day, year after year, until, after long
waiting, there is the beautiful fruit at
last. It looks very pretty, but it is not
yet quite ripe. Pick it too soon and it
will shrivel up and lack flavor. But
Patience has learned to wait until the day
and the hour of perfection is at hand,
and lo! there is his great reward!
The people say: "See this wonderful
fruit that grew on the tree which Genius
planted !" But Genius, who is wiser than
the multitude, says, "See this wonderful
fruit that grew on the tree which Patience
Patience and perseverance are the
qualities that enable one to work out his
problems in school and his larger prob-
Life is not so short
but that there is al-
ways room enough for
courtesy. — Emerson.
A man's own good
breeding is the best
security against other
people's ill manners.
bows to the inevitable
and makes use of it. —
Above all things,
reverence yourself. —
To Adam, Paradise
was home; to the
good among his de-
scendants, home is
Paradise. — Hare.
To give happiness
is to deserve happi-
ness. — Rosseau.
lems in the big university of the busy
Toil holds all genius as his own,
For in his grasp a strength is hid
To make of polished words or stone
A poem or a pyramid.
It has been very truly said that if we
will pick up a grain a day and add to our
heap we shall soon learn by happy ex-
perience the power of littles as applied to
intellectual processes and possessions.
The road to success, says one of the
world's philosophers, is not to be run
upon by seven-league boots. Step by
step, little by little, bit by bit; that is the
way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom,
that is the way to glory. The man who
is most likely to achieve success in life is
the one who when a boy learns to
KEEP PEGGING AWAY
Men seldom mount at a single bound
To the ladder's very top;
They must slowly climb it, round by round,
With many a start and stop.
And the winner is sure to be the man
Who labors day by day,
For the world has learned that the safest plan
Is to keep on pegging away.
You have read, of course, about the hare
And the tortoise — the tale is old —
How they ran a race — it counts not where —
And the tortoise won, we 're told.
The hare was sure he had time to pause
And to browse about and play,
So the tortoise won the race because
He just kept pegging away.
A little toil and a little rest,
And a little more earned than spent,
Is sure to bring to an honest breast
A blessing of glad content.
And so, though skies may frown or smile,
Be diligent day by day;
Reward shall greet you after while
If you just keep pegging away.
The Chinese tell of one of their coun-
trymen, a student, who, disheartened by
the difficulties in his way, threw down
his book in despair, when, seeing a
woman rubbing a crowbar on a stone, he
inquired the reason, and was told that
she wanted a needle, and thought she
would rub down the crowbar till she got
it small enough. Provoked by this ex-
ample of patience to "try again," he
resumed his studies, and became one of
the foremost scholars of the empire.
After more than ten years of wandering
Self-respect, — that
corner-stone of all vir-
tues. — John Her-
This, then, is a
proof of a well-trained
mind, to delight in
what is good, and to
be annoyed at the op-
posite. — Cicero.
There never was so
much room for the
best as there is to-day.
A healthful hunger
for a great idea is the
beauty and blessedness
of life. — Jean Inge-
A laugh is worth a
hundred groans in any
market. — Lamb.
There is no real life
but cheerful life. —
through the unexplored depths of the
primeval forests of America in the study
of birds and animals, Audubon deter-
mined to publish the results of his pains-
taking energy. He went to Philadelphia
with a portfolio of two hundred sheets,
filled with colored delineations of about
one thousand birds, drawn life-size. Be-
ing obliged to leave the city before
making final arrangements as to their dis-
position, he placed his drawings in the
warehouse of a friend. On his return in
a few weeks he found to his utter dismay
that the precious fruits of his wanderings
had been utterly destroyed by rats. The
shock threw him into a fever of several
weeks' duration, but with returning
health his native energy came back, and
taking up his gun and game-bag, his pen-
cils and drawing-book, he went forward
to the forests as gaily as if nothing had
happened. He set to work again, pleased
with the thought that he might now make
better drawings than he had done before,
and in three years his portfolio was
When Carlyle had finished the first
volume of his "French Revolution" he
lent the manuscript to a friend to read.
"AM I A GENIUS?"
A maid, finding what she supposed to be
a bundle of waste paper on the parlor
floor used it to light the kitchen fire.
Without spending any time in uttering
lamentations, the author set to work and
triumphantly reproduced the book in
the form in which it now appears.
"How hard I worked at that tremen-
dous shorthand, and all improvement
appertaining to it! I will only add to
what I have already written of persever-
ance at this time of my life, and of a
patient and continuous energy which then
began to be matured within me, and
which I know to be the strong point of
my character, if it have any strength at
all, that there, on looking back, I find the
source of my success." Such is Charles
Dickens's testimony to the value of stick-
ing to it.
One of the clever characters created
by the pen of George Horace Lorimer
says: "Life isn't a spurt, but a long,
steady climb. You can't run far up hill
without stopping to sit down. Some men
do a day's work, and then spend six lolling
around admiring it. They rush at a thing
with a whoop and use up all their wind
in that. And when they've rested and
A man is rich in
proportion to the
things he can afford to
let alone. — Thoreau.
There is one thing
in this world better
than making a living,
and that is making a
life. — Russeil.
A man must be one
of two things; either
a reed shaken by the
wind, or a wind to
shake the reeds. —
There is nothing at
all in life except what
we put there. — Ma-
He is, in my opin-
ion, the noblest who
has raised himself by
his own merit to a
higher station. —
A page digested is
better than a volume
hurriedly read. —
got it back, they whoop again and start
off in a new direction."
Says the poet, James Whitcomb Riley,
"For twenty years I tried to get into one
magazine; back came my manuscripts
eternally. I kept on. In the twentieth
year that magazine accepted one of my
The eminent essayist, William Math-
ews, tells us: "The restless, uneasy, dis-
contented spirit which sends a mechanic
from the East to the South, the Rocky
Mountains, or California, renders con-
tinuous application anywhere irksome to
him, and so he goes wandering about the
world, a half-civilized Arab, getting the
confidence of nobody, and almost sure to
The boys who stick to it, and the men
who stick to it, are the ones who achieve
results. It does not pay to scatter one's
energies. If a man cannot succeed at one
thing he is even less likely to succeed at
many things. Just here would be a good
place, I think, to tell how Johnny's
father taught him
THE SECRET OF SUCCESS
One day, in huckleberry-time, when little Johnny
"A M I
And half-a-dozen other boys were starting with
To gather berries, Johnny's pa, in talking with him,
That he could tell him how to pick so he 'd come
"First find your bush," said Johnny's pa, "and then
stick to it till
You 've picked it clean. Let those go chasing all
about who will
In search of better bushes, but it 's picking tells, my
To look at fifty bushes does n't count like picking
And Johnny did as he was told, and, sure enough,
By sticking to his bush while all the others chased
In search of better picking, it was as his father said ;
For while the others looked, he worked, and thus
came out ahead.
And Johnny recollected this when he became a man,
And first of all he laid him out a well-determined
So, while the brilliant triflers failed with all their
brains and push,
Wise, steady-going Johnny won by "sticking to his
He that can have
patience can have
what he will. — Frank-
Thinking is the
talking of the soul with
itself. — Plato.
A man who dares
waste an hour of time
has not discovered the
value of time. — Dar-
T F you just get a chance?
Oh, certainly, it would be unfair
for us grown-ups to expect you, a mere
inexperienced youth, to win without giv-
ing you a fair opportunity.
But what is a fair opportunity?
Opinions regarding what is best for the
making of a boy differ greatly. Some
assert that a child born with a silver spoon
in its mouth is not likely to breathe as
deeply and develop as well as one that is
born without any such hindrance to full
Kind parents, a good home training, a
chance to go to school, influential friends,
good health, and some one to stand be-
tween you and the hard knocks of the
world all serve to make a boy's surround-
ings truly enviable. Under such con-
ditions any boy ought to win. Yet some
boys have won without these advantages.
Abraham Lincoln was born of very
There is nothing
impossible to him who
will try. — Alexander.
The winds and the
waves are always on
the side of the ablest
navigators. — Gibbon.
He that studieth re-
venge keepeth his own
wounds green. —
The two noblest
things are sweetness
and light. — Swift.
The wise prove,
and the foolish con-
fess, by their conduct,
that a life of employ-
ment is the only life
worth leading. —
The world belongs
to the energetic. —
poor parents in a very crude cabin. Some
years later the family passed through a
long, cold, Indiana winter with no shelter
but a shed built of poles, open on one side
to the frosts and snows. Even when a
cabin took the place of this rude "camp"
it was left several years, we are told, with-
out floor, doors or windows. His biogra-
phers inform us that here in the primeval
forest Abraham Lincoln spent his boy-
hood. His bed of leaves was raised from
the ground by poles, resting upon one side
in the interstices of the logs of which the
hut was built, and upon the other in
crotches of sticks driven into the earth.
The skins of animals afforded almost the
only covering allowed this truly misera-
ble family. Their food was of the sim-
plest and coarsest variety and very scarce.
Here Mrs. Lincoln died when Abraham
was nine years old, and her lifeless form
was placed in a rude coffin which Abra-
ham's father made with his own hands.
The grave was dug in a cleared space in
the forest and there Nancy Hanks Lin-
coln was buried. Many months passed
before it was practicable to secure a
preacher who, when he came, gathered
the family about him in the woods and
spoke a few words over the mound of sod.
When fame had come, Mr. Lincoln used
to say that he never attended school for
more than six months in all his life — in no
spirit of boastfulness, however, like many
a self-made American, but with a regret
that was deeply felt. While a boy he
worked out his sums on the logs and clap-
boards of the little cabin, evincing the
fondness for mathematics that remained
with him through life. But even amid
his dark isolation some light found its
way to his slowly expanding mind. He
got hold of a copy of "Aesop's Fables,"
read "Robinson Crusoe" and borrowed
Weems's "Life of Washington," filling
his mind with the story of that noble
character. One night after he had
climbed up the pegs, which served as a
ladder to reach his cot, which in the more
finished condition of the cabin had been
placed in the attic, he hid the book under
the rafters. The rain which came in be-
fore morning soaked the leaves so that he
was compelled to go to the farmer from
whom he had borrowed the book and
offer to make good the loss. That un-
philanthropic neighbor exacted as its
price three days' work in the corn-field,
He who hurts oth-
ers injures himself; he
who helps others ad-
vances his own inter-
ests. — Buddha.
He that sips of
many arts drinks of
none. — Fuller.
There is a higher
law than the constitu-
tion. — William H.
He that has no
cross will have no
crown. — Quarles.
A strenuous soul
hates a cheap success.
All that is great in
man comes through
work, and civilization
is its product. —
and at the end of that time the damaged
volume came into the youthful Abraham's
absolute possession. It was a long way
from those rude surroundings to the
presidential chair in the White House at
Washington, but "with malice toward
none, with charity for all, with firmness
in the right, as God gives us to see the
right," he made the journey to the glory
of himself and the American people.
What a fine demonstration of the power
and efficacy of self-help! It is quite
enough to convince any boy that there is
no difficulty he cannot overcome when
once he has formed an invincible partner-
"MYSELF AND I"
Myself and I close friends have been
Since 'way back where we started.
We two, amid life's thick and thin,
Have labored single-hearted.
In every season, wet or dry,
Or fair or stormy weather,
We 've joined our hands, myself and I,
And just worked on together.
Though many friends have been as kind
And loving as a brother,
Myself and I have come to find
Our best friends in each other,
For while to us obscure and small
May seem the tasks they bend to,
We 've learned our fellow-men have all
They and themselves can tend to.
Myself and I, and we alone,
You and yourself, good neighbor,
Each in his self-determined zone
Must find his field of labor.
That prize which men have called "success"
Has joy nor pleasure in it
To satisfy the soul unless
Myself and I shall win it.
Dr. Arnold, whose long experience
with youth at Rugby gave weight to his
opinion, declared that "the difference be-
tween one boy and another consists not
so much in talent as in energy." "The
longer I live," says Sir Thomas Buxton,
another student of human character, "the
more certain I am that the great differ-
ence between men, between the great and
the insignificant, is energy, invincible
determination, an honest purpose once
fixed, and then death or victory. This
quality will do anything in the world;
and no talents, no circumstances, will
make a two-legged creature a man with-
Says an old Latin proverb: "Oppor-
Ability and neces-
sity dwell near each
other. — Pythagoras.
The only amaran-
thine flower is virtue.
The secret of suc-
cess is constancy to
purpose. — Beacons-
The only knowl-
edge that a man has
is the knowledge he
can use. — Macaulay.
What sculpture is
to a block of marble,
education is to a hu-
man soul. — Addison.
There is a sufficient
recompense in the
very consciousness of a
noble deed. — Cicero.
tunity has hair in front, but is bald be-
hind. Seize him by the forelock."
When Thomas A. Edison went out into
the world to make his way, he had
received only two months' regular school-
ing, but his mother had early impressed
upon his mind the thought that he must
atone for his lack of school training by
developing a taste for reading. His biog-
raphers tell us that the "Penny Ency-
clopedia" and Ure's "History of the Sci-
ences" were in his hands at a time when
most boys, having become acquainted
with stories of adventure, look for mys-
tery in every bush and resolve to become
pirates and Indian fighters. There are
many stories of his early acuteness. One
relates how when a boy of twelve or
fourteen he was employed in selling
papers on a railroad train in Michigan,
and upon receiving advance news of a
battle of the Rebellion fought at that time
he secured fifteen hundred papers on
credit, telegraphed the headlines to the
stations along the route, and sold his wares
at a premium. It was after this exploit
that he conceived the idea of starting a
daily paper of his own. Securing some
old type from the "Detroit Free Press,"
he set up his establishment in a car and
began the publication of the "Grand
Trunk Herald," the first newspaper ever
published on a train. He also installed
in the car a laboratory for making experi-
ments in chemistry, and both his news-
paper and his experiments flourished
until one unlucky day when he set fire to
the car with phosphorus. This was too
much for the conductor who promptly
threw the young editor and scientist
with ail his belongings out on the station
platform, and in addition boxed his ears
so roughly as to cause him to be ever
after partly deaf. But misfortune could
not dampen his ardor. His lack of
schooling was more than atoned for by
his grit, ambition and studious habits.
With the possession of these qualities
and the disposition to make the most
of spare moments, this famous physicist,
chemist, mechanician, and inventor has
done more for himself, and more for
humanity and the advancement of civili-
zation than any of the college-bred work-
ers in industrial sciences during the last
"Yesterday's successes belong to yester-
day with all of yesterday's defeats and
The only failure a
man ought to fear is
failure in cleaving to
the purpose he sees
to be best. — George
The secret of suc-
cess in life is for a man
to be ready for his
opportunity when it
comes. — Disraeli.
He needs no tears
who lived a noble life.
— Fitz James O'Brien.
I don't think much
of a man who is not
wiser to-day than he
was yesterday. —
Hurry not only
spoils work, but spoils
Ufe also. — Lubbock.
I cannot hear what
you say for listening
to what you are. —
sorrows," says a present day philosopher.
"The day is here! The time is now!"
RIGHT HERE AND JUST NOW
"If I 'd 'a' been born," says Sy Slocum to me,
"In some other far-away clime,
Or if I could 'a' had my existence," says he,
" In some other long-ago time,
I know I 'd 'a' flourished in pretty fine style
And set folks a-talkin', I 'low.
But what troubles me is there 's nothin' worth
A-doin' right here and just now."
"Them folks that can dwell in a country," says Sy,
"Where they don't have no winter nor storm,
And the weather ain't ready to freeze 'em or fry,
By gettin' too cold or too warm,
Have got all the time that they want to sit down
And think out a project so great
That it 's just about certain to win 'em renown
And bring 'em success while they wait."
Says Sy, "Folks a-livin' here ages ago,
Before all the chances had flown
For makin' a hit, would n't stand any show
To-day at a-holdin' their own.
Good times will come back to our planet, I 'low,
When I 've faded out of the scene ;
But it hurts me to think that right here and just
Is a sorry betwixt and between."
At that I got tired a-hearing' Sy spout,
And says I, "Sy, you like to enthuse
Regardin' the marvelous work you 'd turn out
If you stood in some other man's shoes;
But while all your 'might-'a'-been' praises you
It 's worth while recallin' as how
That no man on earth ever does the first thing
That he can't do right here and just now!"
Jean Paul Richter, who suffered
greatly from poverty, said that he would
not have been rich for worlds.
"I began life with a sixpence," said
Girard, "and believe that a man's best
capital is his industry."
Thomas Ball, the sculptor, whose fine
statues ornament the parks and squares
of Boston, used as a lad to sweep out the
halls of the Boston Museum. Horace
Greeley, journalist and orator, was the
son of a poor New Hampshire farmer
and for years earned his living by type-
setting. Thorwaldsen, the great Danish
sculptor, was the son of humble Icelandic
fisher-folk, but by study and perseverance
he became one of the greatest of modern
sculptors. In the Copenhagen museum
alone are six hundred examples of his art.
Benjamin Franklin, philosopher and
Honest labor wears
a lovely face. —
I am a part of all
that I have seen. —
If it is not right, do
not do it; if it is not
true, do not say it. —
A thing is never too
often repeated which
is never sufficiently
learned . — Seneca.
Any man may com-
mit a mistake, but
none but a fool will
continue in it. —
As a matter of fact,
* man's first duty is to
mind his own busi-
ness. — Lorimer.
statesman, was the son of a tallow-chand-
ler, and was the fifteenth child in a
family of seventeen children. This would
seem to go far toward proving that it
is no misfortune to be born into a home
of many brothers and sisters. Lord Ten-
nyson, too, was the third child in a family
of eleven children, all born within a
period of thirteen years. They formed a
joyous, lively household, amusements
being agreeably mingled with their daily
tasks. They were all handsome and
gifted, with marked personal traits and
imaginative temperaments. They were
very fond of reading and story-telling.
At least four of the boys — Frederick,
Charles, Alfred, and Edward — were
given to verse-writing.
John Bunyan, author of "Pilgrim's
Progress," which is said to have obtained
a larger circulation than any other book
in English except the Bible, was a tinker.
Linnaeus, the great Swedish botanist,
and most influential naturalist of the
eighteenth century, was a shoemaker's
George Stephenson, the English en-
gineer and inventor, was in his youth a
stoker in a colliery, learning to read and
write at a workingmen's evening school.
Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the
spinning-jenny, and founder of the great
cotton industries of England, never saw
the inside of a school-house until after
he was twenty years of age, having long
served as a barber's assistant.
John Jacob Astor began life as a ped-
dler in the streets of New York, where
his descendants now own real estate
worth hundreds of millions.
Shakespeare in his youth was a wool-
Thousands of other examples might
be mentioned to show that lowly birth is
no barrier to lofty attainment. It has
been truly said that genius ignores all
social barriers and springs forth wherever
heaven has dropped the seed. The grand-
est characters known in art, literature,
and the useful inventions, have illustrated
the axiom that "brave deeds are the ances-
tors of brave men," and, as Ballou has
told us, "it would almost appear that an
element of hardship is necessary to the
effective development of true genius. In-
deed, when we come to the highest
achievements of the greatest minds, it
seems that they were not limited by race,
Books are light-
houses erected in the
great sea of time. —
Civility costs noth-
ing and buys every-
thing. — Lady Mon-
Cheerful looks make
every dish a feast. —
Character, good or
bad, has a tendency
to perpetuate itself. —
Do not hang a dis-
mal picture on your
wall, and do not deal
with sables and glooms
in your conversations.
Pray for a short
memory as to all un-
kindnesses ■ — Spur-
condition of life, or the circumstances of
So we see that it is something within
the boy rather than conditions about him
that is to determine what he is to become.
A boy with a good mind with which to
think and a determination to do, is pretty
sure of doing something worth while.
The whole world knows that so much
depends on whether or not the boy culti-
vates a determination to
Say "I will I" and then stick to it —
That 's the only way to do it.
Don't build up a while and then
Tear the whole thing down again.
Fix the goal you wish to gain,
Then go at it heart and brain,
And, though clouds shut out the blue,
Do not dim your purpose true
With your sighing.
Stand erect, and, like a man,
Know "They can who think they can!"
Had Columbus, half seas o'er,
Turned back to his native shore,
Men would not, to-day, proclaim
Round the world his deathless name.
O P P O R T U
I T Y
So must we sail on with him
Past horizons far and dim,
Do to-day thy near-
Till at last we own the prize
est duty. — Goethe.
That belongs to him who tries
With faith undying;
Own the prize that all may win
Who, with hope, through thick and thin
OVER AND UNDERDOING
T EARN to do, without overdoing.
Too much striving for success is
as bad as too little.
Bishop Hall says: "Moderation is the
silken string running through the pearl
chain of all virtues."
"You have too much respect upon the
world," Shakespeare tells us. "They
lose it that do buy it with much care."
Do not cram books into your head un-
til you crowd pleasant thinking out of it.
A moderately informed man standing
firmly on his two good legs is a much
superior man to the wise professor who
is unable to leave his bed.
"What is a man profited, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own
soul?" And what does it profit him if he
shall become a multi-millionaire and lose
his health of mind or body?
Success that costs more than it is worth
If you will not hear
reason, she will surely
rap your knuckles. —
The only true con-
quests — those which
awaken no regrets —
are those obtained over
our ignorance. — Na-
The occasion is
piled high with dif-
ficulty, and we must
rise high with the
occasion. — Abraham
If you want to be
missed by your friends,
be useful. — Robert
The man of grit
carries in his presence
a power which spares
him the necessity of
resenting insult. —
If you would create
something you must be
something. — Goethe.
Make haste slowly. Be ambitious but
Learn a few things and learn them
well. He who grasps much holds little.
Upon investigating the fund of informa-
tion possessed by a great many young
persons it has been found that the mat-
ter with it is the "smatter."
Herbert Spencer says the brains of
precocious children cease to develop after
a certain age, like a plant that fails to
"Those unhappy children who' are
forced to rise too early in their classes
are conceited all the forenoon of their
lives and stupid all the afternoon," says
Professor Huxley. "The keenness and
vitality which should have been stored
up for the sharp struggle of practical ex-
istence have been washed out of them by
precocious mental debauchery, by book-
gluttony and lesson-bibbing. Their fac-
ulties are worn out by the strain put upon
their callow brains, and they are demor-
alized by worthless, childish triumphs
before the real tasks of life begin."
Carlyle's words upon this subject are
worth remembering: "The richer a na-
ture, the harder and slower its develop-
OVER AND UNDERDOING
ment. Two boys were once members of
a class in the Edinburgh Grammar
School: John, ever trim, precise, and a
dux; Walter, ever slovenly, confused, and
a dolt. In due time John became Baillie
John, of Hunter Square, and Walter be-
came Sir Walter Scott, of the universe.
The quickest and completest of all vege-
tables is the cabbage."
We all know that there is a happy
medium between too much preciseness
and slovenliness; between laziness and
an unwarranted degree of mental activ-
ity; between ignorance and an intellect
ground to an edge too fine to carve its
way through a hard world.
"It is now generally conceded on all
hands," says Professor Mathews, "that
the mind has no right to build itself up at
the expense of the body; that it is no more
justifiable in abandoning itself without
restraint to its cravings, than the body in
yielding itself to sensual indulgence. The
acute stimulants, the mental drams, that
produce this unnatural activity or over-
growth of the intellect, are as contrary to
nature, and as hurtful to the man, as the
coarser stimulants that unduly excite the
body. The mind, it has been well said,
adorn knowledge and
smooth its way through
the world. — Chester-
Many men owe the
grandeur of their lives
to their tremendous
difficulties. — Spur-
The least errot
should humble, but we
should never permit
even the greatest to
discourage us. — Bishop
The most manifest
sign of wisdom is con-
tinued cheerfulness. —
Men are born with
two eyes, but with
one tongue, in order
that they may see
twice as much as they
say. — Colton.
thing in life is to have
a great aim, and to
possess the aptitude
and perseverance to
attain it. — Goethe.
should be a good, strong, healthy feeder,
but not a glutton. When unduly stimu-
lated, it wears out the mechanism of the
body, like friction upon a machine not
lubricated, and the growing weakness of
the physical frame nullifies the power
The foundations for a splendid work-
ing constitution are laid during boyhood.
You are laying yours now.
Is it to be a good, firm, durable foun-
dation that will stand through all the
years to come? Or is it being built of
faulty material and in a manner so care-
less that in the by and by when, at great
pains and expense you have built your
life structure upon it, you will find it
untenable or so unstable that it will re-
quire a great share of your time and atten-
tion to keep it patched up so that you can
continue to dwell within it?
Are you playing and working with
moderation or are you so thoughtless that
you sometimes, in a single hour, inflict
wrongs upon your health and your con-
stitution, the sorry effects of which you
cannot overcome during your lifetime?
It may be possible that you are studying
too hard at school.
OVER AND UNDERDOING
I know that there are many who will
smile at the suggestion that the average
American schoolboy sticks too closely to
his books, but I am sure that such is fre-
quently the case.
Sometimes the boy's parents and teach-
ers are eager to have their boy "show off"
to the best advantage possible. They
urge him, crowd him, compel him to
develop as rapidly as he can. In their
eagerness to secure results they employ
the formulas that require the least pos-
sible time for completing the important
MAKING A MAN
Hurry the baby as fast as you can,
Hurry him, worry him, make him a man.
Off with his baby-clothes, get him in pants,
Feed him on brain- foods and make him advance.
Hustle him, soon as he 's able to walk,
Into a grammar school ; cram him with talk.
Fill his poor head full of figures and facts,
Keep on a-jamming them in till it cracks.
Once boys grew up at a rational rate,
Now we develop a man while you wait.
Rush him through college, compel him to grab
Of every known subject a dip and a dab.
Get him in business and after the cash
All by the time he can grow a mustache.
Method is the hinge
of business, and there
is no method without
order and punctuality.
— Hannah More.
The greatest hom-
age we can pay to
truth is to use it. —
The elect are those
who will, and the non-
elect are those who
won't. — Beecher.
Much talent is often
lost for want of a little
courage. — George
The crowning for-
tune of a man is to be
born with a bias to
some pursuit, which
finds him in employ-
ment and happiness.
No one is useless
in the world who
lightens the burden of
it for any one else. —
Let him forget he was ever a boy,
Make gold his god and its jingle his joy.
Keep him a-hustling and clear out of breath,
Until he wins — Nervous Prostration and Death!
A sorry picture, is n't it? No doubt it
sets forth, in an extreme manner, the evils
that arise from crowding a child into
boyhood, and a boy into manhood; still,
no one who observes carefully will doubt
that such wrongs are constantly being
committed by hundreds of ambitious
parents and well-meaning teachers.
Yet, I think you have little to fear along
the lines of over-study. You must train
your mind to grapple with tasks while
you are young, for if you do not begin
now you may not, later on, be able to
summon that concentration of thought
that is necessary for winning success
along any line of endeavor.
"Difficulties are the best stimulant.
Trouble is a tonic," says one of our wise
"He that wrestles with us strengthens
our nerves, and sharpens our skill, our
antagonist is our helper," says Edmund
Burke. "This conflict with difficulty
makes us acquainted with our object, and
OVER AND UNDERDOING
compels us to consider' it in all its rela-
tions. It will not suffer us to be superfi-
Life is a grind ; a sorry few
Are blunted in their aim,
And some are sharpened, keen and true,
And carve their way to fame.
"Don't take too much advice — keep at
the helm and steer your own ship," says
Noah Porter. All of which is very good
The boy that the world wants most is
the one who will think for himself at the
same time he is hearing words of wisdom
from others. A boy who tried to follow
all the advice given him would probably
find himself unable to do anything at all.
Everyone and everything seems eager to
give him the short cut to fortune, as I
have endeavored to set forth in a bit of
nonsense rhyme which I call the secret of
HOW TO WIN SUCCESS
"How shall I win success in life?" the young man
"Have push," replied the Button; "And a purr-
puss," said the Cat.
"Find out the work you 're sooted for," the Chim-
The fewer the
words the better the
prayer. — Luther.
Next to excellence
is the appreciation of
it. — Thackeray.
The great are only
great because we are
on our knees; let us
rise up. — Proudhon.
Next to acquiring
good friends, the best
acquisition is that of
good books. — Col-
Never suffer youth
to be an excuse for in-
adequacy, nor age and
fame to be an excuse
for indolence. — Hay-
The greatest man is
he who chooses with
the most invincible
reason. — Seneca.
Just as the Match and Pin remarked: "And never
lose your head."
"Aspire to grater, finer things," the Nutmeg cried.
Said: "Don't fly off the handle," and the Snail
remarked: "Go slow."
"Be deaf to all that's told you," said the Adder.
" 'Mid the strife
I 've found it best," remarked the Heart, "to beat
my way through life."
"Select some proper task and then stick to it," said
"Look pleasant," said the Camera; "And tied-y,"
said the Shoe.
"Have nerve!" exclaimed the Tooth. The Hill
remarked; "Put up a bluff!"
"And keep cool," said the Ice, whereat the young
man cried: "Enough!"
The right-minded boy will be thought-
ful but not so much absorbed that he is
unable to take in the educative, uplifting
sunshine all about him.
Sharpen your wits as the woodman
must sharpen his axe, but counsel mod-
eration. The woodman who would stay
at the stone and grind his axe all away
in attempting to put a razor edge on it
would be deemed very foolish.
Of course you will be, you must be
OVER AND UNDERDOING
thoughtful, for as Ruskin says: "In gen-
eral I have no patience with people who
talk about 'the thoughtlessness of youth'
indulgently. I had infinitely rather hear
of the thoughtlessness of old age, and the
indulgence of that. When a man has
done his work, and nothing can in any
way be materially altered in his fate, let
him forget his toil, and jest with his fate,
if he will, but what excuse can you find
for wilfulness of thought at the very time
when every crisis of fortune hangs on
your decision? A youth thoughtless,
when all the happiness of his home
forever depends on the chances or the
passions of an hour! A youth thought-
less, when the career of all his days de-
pends on the opportunity of a moment!
A youth thoughtless, when his every ac-
tion is a foundation-stone of future con-
duct, and every imagination a fountain
of life or death! Be thoughtless in any
after years, rather than now, though,
indeed, there is only one place where a
man may be nobly thoughtless, his death-
bed. Nothing should ever be left to be
But whatever else we may forget, let
us remember that it is not work, but over-
Self-conquest is the
greatest of all victories.
Sloth, like rust,
consumes faster than
labor wears, while the
used key is always
bright. — Franklin.
My liveliest delight
was in having con-
quered myself. — Ros-
The great hope of
society is in the in-
dividual character. —
No thoroughly oc-
cupied man was ever
yet very miserable. —
The habit of look-
ing on the bright side
of things is worth
more than a thousand
pounds a year. — Sam-
work that kills. Exercise gained through
good, wholesome work is the greatest life-
preserver man has yet discovered.
"I always find something to keep me
busy," said Peter Cooper in explaining
how he had preserved so well his strength
of mind and body, "and to be doing some-
thing is the best medicine one can take."
The ones who live the longest and best
lives are the cheerful workers, those who
find a good excuse for liking the task that
comes to their hands. The greatest joy
and the truest success do not come to the
idler, nor the one who overworks, nor
yet to the one who does things by fits and
starts, but to
THE STEADY WORKER
Whene'er the sun was shining out, Squire Pettigrew
"Now 7 , hurrah, bo} r s! it's just the time to be a-
Because, you see, the sun 's so hot 't will cure it
right away !"
Then all the mowers kept right on a-mowing.
But when a cloud obscured the sun Squire Petti-
grew would shout,
"Oh, now 's the time for working while the sun
is blotted out,
OVER AND UNDERDOING
A cooling cloud like that will make our muscles
twice as stout !"
And that 's the way he kept his men a-going.
Hence, little did it matter were the weather wet
or dry, —
If sunshine rilled the valleys or if clouds o'erspread
He 'd always think of something which he deemed
a reason why
'Twas just the time for him to keep a-work-
But, now and then, or so it seemed, the reasons he
For working on, were quite far-fetched and faulty,
so to speak,
But, oh, they were not half so "thin" as are the
Excuses lazy people give for shirking.
Nothing of worth
or weight can be
achieved with a half
mind, with a faint
heart, and with a lame
endeavor. — Barrow.
The strong man is
the man with the gift
of method, of faith-
fulness, of valor. —
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"TF I had the time!"
Yes, indeed! Time is a very neces-
sary factor in the doing of things. Time
is money. Money is capital. Capital is
power. The one who is in the possession
of the most power and uses it to the best
purpose has the best chance for winning
Other things being equal, the boy who
devotes an extra half-hour every morn-
ing or evening to the study of the forth-
coming day's lessons will get on better
than his classmates who do not thus men-
tally fortify themselves.
So in the world's big life-school, the
man who finds time to think about and
to study the tasks and duties that confront
him will make a better showing than the
ones who thoughtlessly and in an unpre-
pared manner blunder into the work that
is before them.
"If I had the time!"
Not only strike
while the iron is hot,
but make it hot by
striking. — Cromwell.
The greatest work
has always gone hand
in hand with the most
fervent moral purpose.
— Sidney Lanier.
No true and per-
manent fame can be
founded except in la-
bors which promote
the happiness of man-
kind. — Sumner.
The greatest men
have been those who
have cut their way to
success through diffi-
culties. — Robertson.
One has only to
know the twenty-six
letters of the alphabet
in order to learn every-
thing else that one
wishes. — Duke of
Strength is like
gunpowder; to be ef-
fective it needs con-
centration and aim. —
That is the sorry cry coming from the
lips of thousands of unhappy persons of
all classes and ages. But the saddest
feature of it all is, that they have the time
and do not know it. Or, if they do know
it, they still go on trying to deceive them-
selves and others by repeating the same
old, threadbare excuse the world has
always offered as the reason why it has
not made the progress it should have
Now, my boy, stop a moment and hon-
estly think it over. Have n't you the
time? Is n't it the disposition to make
the most of your opportunities that is
lacking? How much time did you waste
yesterday? How much time are you go-
ing to waste to-day?
Let us not lose sight of the sorry fact
that in wasting an hour we suffer a
double loss and commit a double wrong.
We not only lose that particular hour,
but we are suffering a moral weakness to
impair the strength of our life purpose,
which will result in making us more
likely to waste other golden hours yet to
And what is a wasted hour? This is
a question well worth considering. Mo-
THE VALUE OF SPARE MOMENTS
ments spent in bright, healthful, joyous
play are not wasted. "All work and no
play makes Jack a dull boy." It should
be remembered, also, that "All play and
no work makes Jack a dull shirk."
We should play with the same keen
zest with which we should work. We
must not work all the while; we must
not play all the while. Good, vigorous
play prepares one for the enjoyment of
work; good, vigorous work prepares one
for the enjoyment of play. Those who
dawdle in a listless, half-and-half way
find no joy in working or playing.
It is an error to think that play cannot
be made to serve a good and useful pur-
pose. Give one boy a knife and a stick
and he will produce only a lot of shav-
ings as the result of his whittling. Give
another boy a knife and a stick and he
will carve out some object or invention
of use and beauty. Give one man leisure
and he will produce nothing or worse
than nothing to show for his wasted
hours. Give another man leisure and he
will master some trade or profession or
theme of study that will make him of
happy worth to himself and the world.
It is not the lack of time, but the lack
Success treads on
the heels of every right
effort. — Smiles.
The creation of a
thousand forests is in
one acorn. — Emer-
That is the best
teaches us to govern
ourselves . — Goethe.
The chains of habit
are too weak to be
felt till they are too
strong to be broken.
— Dr. Johnson.
Wise evolution is
the sure safeguard
against a revolution.
The more honesty
a man has, the less he
affects the air of a
saint. — Lavater.
of the will to improve our spare mo-
ments, that keeps us from going toward
success. We mean to do great things
some time, but we have n't the will to
begin to build just now. We prefer to
belong to that great host of procrastina-
tors who are known as
Suppose that some fine morn in May
A honey-bee should pause and say,
"I guess I will not work to-day,
But next week or next summer,
Or some time in the by and by,
I '11 be so diligent and spry
That all the world must see that I
Am what they call a 'hummer'!"
Of course you 'd wish to say at once,
"O bee! don't be a little dunce,
And waste your golden days and months
In lazily reviewing
The things you 're 'going' to do, and how
Your hive with honey you '11 endow,
But bear in mind, O bee, that NOW
Is just the time for 'doing.' "
Suppose a youth with idle hands
Should tell you all the splendid plans
Of which he dreams, the while the sands
Of life are flowing, flowing.
THE VALUE OF SPARE MOMENTS
You 'd wish to say to him, "O boy!
If you would reap your share of joy,
You must discerningly employ
Your morning hours in sowing."
He who would win must work! The prize
Is for the faithful one who tries
With loyal hand and heart; whose skies
With toil-crowned hopes are sunny.
And they who hope success to find
This homely truth must bear in mind:
"The 'going-to-bees' are not the kind
That fill the hive with honey."
"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between
sunrise and sunset, two golden hours,
each set with sixty diamond minutes.
No reward is offered, for they are gone
forever." How clearly these words of
Horace Mann set forth the experience of
thousands of persons, day by day.
Channing tells us, "it is astonishing
how fruitful of improvement a short sea-
son becomes when eagerly and faithfully
improved. Volumes have not only been
read, but written, in flying journeys. I
have known a man of vigorous intellect,
who has enjoyed few advantages of early
education, and whose mind was almost
engrossed by the details of an extensive
business, but who composed a book of
God sows the self-
same truth in every
heart. — Alicia K.
Are you a shep-
herd, or one of the
herded ? — Edmund
There is a destiny
that makes us broth-
ers. — Edwin Mark-
If thou art a man,
admire those who at-
tempt great enter-
prises, even though
they fail. — Seneca.
No one is free who
is not master of him-
self. — Shakespeare.
A thought may
touch and edge our
life with light. —
much original thought, in steamboats
and on horseback, while visiting distant
The thought recorded by Jeremy Tay-
lor is well worth remembering, that he
who is choice of his time will also
be choice of his company, and choice of
his actions; lest the first engage him in
vanity and loss, and the latter, by being
criminal, be throwing his time and him-
self away, and going back in the accounts
The plea, "If I had the time," is well
met by Matthew Arnold, who says:
"And the plea that this or that man has
no time for culture will vanish as soon as
we desire culture so much that we begin
to examine seriously into our present use
"Oh, what wonders have been per-
formed in 'one hour a day,' " says Mar-
den. "One hour a day withdrawn from
frivolous pursuits, and profitably em-
ployed, would enable any man of ordi-
nary capacity to master a complete
science. One hour a day would make an
ignorant man a well-informed man in
ten years. One hour a day would earn
enough to pay for two daily and two
THE VALUE OF SPARE MOMENTS
weekly papers, two leading magazines,
and a dozen good books. In an hour
a day a boy or girl could read
twenty pages thoughtfully — over seven
thousand pages, or eighteen large vol-
umes, in a year. An hour a day might
make all the difference between bare
existence and useful, happy living. An
hour a day might make — nay, has made
— an unknown man a famous one, a use-
less man a benefactor to his race. Con-
sider, then, the mighty possibilities of
two — four — yes, six hours a day that
are, on the average, thrown away by
young men and women in the restless
desire for fun and diversion."
There is little excuse for continued
ignorance these times. If one's time is
spent at a point remote from institutions
of learning, or his days are so occupied
that he cannot avail himself of their ad-
vantages, he can be a pupil in an ably
conducted correspondence school, that
most worthy of educational means
whereby the youth in the isolated rural
home, the shut-ins who by force of cir-
cumstances are prisoned within narrow
walls, the night-watchman whose leisure
comes at a time when all other schools
Nothing is too high
for a man to reach,
but he must climb with
care and confidence.
— Hans Andersen.
Men exist for the
sake of one another.
Teach them, then, or
bear with them. —
Do good with what
thou hast, or it will
do thee no good. —
One great cause of
failure of young men
in business is the lack
of concentration. —
Better say nothing
than not to the pur-
pose. — William
Diligence is the
mother of good luck.
are closed, the seeker after knowledge of
any kind, at any time and at any place
reached by the great governmental pos-
tal system, can be brought into close
touch with a great fountain of learning
and inspiration of which one may absorb
all he will. From this time forth it will
ill become any man to say that he has no
chance to acquire an education, or that
he has no opportunity to improve upon
the mental equipment he already pos-
sesses. Instruction is within the reach of
all. The schoolmaster is abroad as he
has never been before. Wherever the
postman can deliver a letter, in cottage
or mansion, in the closely packed tene-
ments of the city or in the remote farm
homes reached by the rural free delivery
routes, there the trained college pro-
fessor makes his daily or weekly visits,
giving his "heart to heart" talks with
each of his thousands of pupils. He is
with the boys as they follow the plow,
the men who go down into the mines, the
girls who serve at the loom and the lathe,
pointing out the way that leads, through
self-help, to happiness.
It is more true to-day than ever before,
that "they can who think they can."
THE VALUE OF SPARE MOMENTS
The means are more nearly at hand if
one is determined to try them. Nothing
but the spirit of procrastination can keep
man or boy from setting about it to help
himself toward better things. When to
begin is the stumbling-block in the way
of most persons. There is but one time
when we can do anything. That time is
NOW! To delay a year, a week, a day
may prove most unfortunate. Indeed,
trouble lies in the way of those who are
disposed to defer the doing of their duty
"JUST A MINUTE"
Whene'er he faced a task and knew
He should begin it,
He could not start to put it through
For "just a minute."
And, though the case demanded speed
He could not move just then; but he'd
Be ready for it, yes, indeed!
In "just a minute."
His purposes were out of rhyme
By "just a minute."
The whole world seemed ahead of time
By "just a minute."
He could not learn to overhaul
His many duties, large and small,
But had to beg them, one and all,
To "wait a minute."
One to-day is worth
two to-morrows. —
My young friend,
do you know that
there is but one per-
son who can recom-
mend you? Who is
that, sir ? Yourself.
Think before you
speak. — Washington.
There are people
who do not know how
to waste their time
alone, and hence be-
come the scourge of
busy people. — De
It is better to be
alone than in bad
company. — Washing-
Gold is good in its
place; but living,
brave, and patriotic
men are better than
gold. — Abraham Lin-
In manhood he was still delayed
By "just a minute."
He might have won, had Fortune stayed
For "just a minute."
But at the end of life he railed
At "cruel Fate," and wept and wailed
Because he knew that he had failed
By "just a minute."
If we make a careful study of the lives
of the world's great men and women,
we shall find that their distinction was
achieved by making the most of their
spare minutes. The ordinary, common-
place, and inevitable tasks of life and the
effort required to make a living are re-
markably similar in the daily experience
of most men and women. It is what one
does with the remaining leisure moments
that determines his individual taste and
trend, and eventually gives him such dis-
tinction as he may attain. It is in our
leisure hours that we are permitted to
follow our "hobbies," and it is in them
that our truer selves find expression.
Many of the greatest men in the world's
history achieved their fame outside of
their regular occupations in the spare
moments of time which most people
think are of no serious use. Marden
THE VALUE OF SPARE MOMENTS
wisely observes that "no one is anxious
about a young man while he is busy in
useful work. But where does he eat his
lunch at noon? Where does he go when
he leaves his boarding-house at night?
What does he do after supper? Where
does he spend his Sundays and holidays?
The great majority of youth who go to
the bad are ruined after supper. Most
of them who climb upward to honor and
fame devote their evenings to study or
work or the society of the wise and good.
For the right use of these leisure hours,
what we have called the waste of life,
the odd moments usually thrown away,
the author would plead with every
Watt learned chemistry and mathe-
matics while working at his trade of a
mathematical-instrument maker. Dar-
win composed most of his works by
writing his thoughts on scraps of paper
wherever he chanced to be. Henry
Kirke White learned Greek while walk-
ing to and from a lawyer's office. Elihu
Burritt acquired a mastery of eighteen
languages and twenty-two dialects by im-
proving the fragments of time which he
could steal from his occupation as a
Politeness and ci-
vility are the best cap-
ital ever invested in
business. — P. T. Bar-
Let none falter who
thinks he is right. —
The truest test of
civilization is not the
census, not the size
of cities, not the crops;
no, but the kind of
man the country turns
out. — Emerson.
Inherited wealth is
an unmitigated curse
when divorced from
culture. — Charles
The wisdom of na-
tions lies in their prov-
erbs, which are brief
and pithy. Collect
and learn them ; they
are notable measures
and directions for hu-
man life; you have
much in little; they
save time in speaking,
and upon occasion
may be the fullest and
safest answers. — Wil-
Experience keeps a
dear school, but fools
will learn in no other.
blacksmith. Hundreds of similar ex-
amples could be given in which men
have achieved distinction by improving
the odd moments which others waste.
And you, oh, my boy! when you have
reached the age where the world has a
right to expect that you will begin to
prepare yourself for the work that is be-
fore you, lay hold, I beseech you, of
these "spare moments," and weld them
into a beautiful purpose that shall make
your life a joy to yourself and to all who
shall come within the zone of your influ-
ence. Do not fail to improve the mo-
ments because they are so few. The
fewer there are the more the need of im-
proving them. Do not procrastinate, do
not put off, do not defer the work of self-
improvement till a more favorable time.
Know that with the coming of every
opportunity you have a duty to perform.
That you must help yourself whenever
you can, and that you must
DO IT NOW!
If you have a task worth doing,
Do it now!
In delay there 's danger brewing,
Do it now!
THE VALUE OF SPARE
Don't you be a "by-and-byer"
And a sluggish patience-trier;
Don't flinch, floun-
If there 's aught you would acquire,
der, fall over, nor fid-
Do it now!
dle, but grapple like a
man. A man who
If you 'd earn a prize worth owning,
wills it can go any-
Do it now!
where, and do what
Drop all waiting and postponing,
he determines to do.
Do it now!
— John Todd.
Say, "I will!" and then stick to it,
Choose your purpose and pursue it,
There 's but one right way to do it,
Do it now!
All we have is just this minute,
Do it now!
Find your duty and begin it,
Do it now!
Do all the good you
Surely you 're not always going
can, and make as little
To be "a going-to-be"; and knowing
fuss as possible about
You must some time make a showing
it. — Dickens.
Do it now!
GARFIELD AS A CANAL BOY
T ET us suppose that you must go into
*** partnership for life with some other
boy, as the world is about to go into part-
nership with you, would you not wish
him to have, first of all, a cheerful dispo-
Has it ever occurred to you that the
world entertains the same thought regard-
It is easy to understand why a partner-
ship, the members of which pleasantly
pull together, is more likely to thrive than
is one wherein they are always complain-
ing of each other and sadly prophesying
The world, as your partner, will be
toward you what you are toward it.
Smile, once in a while,
'T will make your heart seem lighter ;
Smile, once in a while,
'T will make your pathway brighter ;
Joy is not in things,
it is in us. — Wagner.
Money is good for
nothing unless you
know the value of it
by experience. — P.
The day is immeas-
urably long to him
who knows not how
to value and use it. —
It is a maxim with
me not to ask what,
under similar circum-
stances, I would not
grant. — Washington.
Next to virtues, the
fun in this world is
what we can least
spare. — Strickland.
I resolved that, like
the sun, so long as
my day lasted, I
would look on the
bright side of every -
thing. — Thomas
Life 's a mirror ; if we smile,
Smiles come back to greet us ;
If we 're frowning all the while,
Frowns forever meet us.
"As you cannot have a sweet and
wholesome abode unless you admit the
air and sunshine freely into your rooms,"
says James Allen, "so a strong body and
a bright, happy, or serene countenance
can result only from the free admittance
into the mind of thoughts of joy and
good will and serenity. There is no phy-
sician like cheerful thought for dissipat-
ing the ills of the body; there is no com-
forter to compare with good will for dis-
persing the shadows of grief and sorrow.
To live continually in thoughts of ill
will, cynicism, suspicion and envy, is to
be confined in a self-made prison-hole.
But to think well of all, to be cheerful
with all, to patiently learn to find the
good in all — such unselfish thoughts are
the very portals of heaven ; and to dwell
day by day in thoughts of peace toward
every creature will bring abounding
peace to the possessor of such thoughts."
Says Robert Louis Stevenson: "A
happy man or woman is a better thing to
find than a five-pound note. He or she
is radiating a focus of good will ; and his
or her entrance into a room is as though
another candle had been lighted."
"It is a fair, even-handed, noble ad-
justment of things, that while there is
infection in disease and sorrow, there is
nothing in the world so irresistibly con-
tagious as laughter and good humor,"
Give but a smile to sorry men,
They '11 give it, bettered, back again.
Bovee very truly says, "The cheerful
live longest in years, and afterwards in
"I have gout, asthma, and seven other
maladies," said Sydney Smith, "but am
otherwise very happy." How often those
with whom we meet are sorely afflicted
and yet their cheerful faces do not betray
their troubles. They are too considerate
of our happiness to sadden our minds
with their woes. Those whom we deem
fretful without sufficient excuse, if indeed
any excuse justifies the habit of fretting,
may be much more sorely afflicted than
we think they are. There is a world of
sympathetic truth in that old saying
Ideas go booming
through the world
louder than cannon.
Thoughts are mightier
than armies. Princi-
ples have achieved
more victories than
horsemen or chariots.
Method is like
packing things in a
box; a good packer
will get in half as
much again as a bad
one. — Cecil.
If it required no
brains, no nerve, no
energy, no work,
there would be no
glory in achievement.
It is not what one
can get out of work,
but what he may put
in, that is the test of
success. — Lilian
There is only one
real failure in life pos-
sible ; and that is, not
to be true to the best
one knows. — Canon
a wonderful inspira-
tion to its possessor.
"TO KNOW ALL IS TO FORGIVE ALL"
If I knew you and you knew me —
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine
The meaning of your heart and mine,
I 'm sure that we would differ less
And clasp our hands in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree
If I knew you and you knew me.
If I knew you and you knew me,
As each one knows his own self, we
Could look each other in the face
And see therein a truer grace.
Life has so many hidden woes,
So many thorns for every rose ;
The "why" of things our hearts w r ould see,
If I knew you and you knew me.
"If a word will render a man happy,"
said one of the French philosophers, "he
must be a wretch, indeed, who will not
give it. It is like lighting another man's
candle with your own, which loses none
of its brilliancy by what the other gains."
Another wise writer says: "Mirth is
God's medicine; everybody ought to
bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness,
anxiety — all the rust of life, ought to be
scoured off by the oil of mirth."
Orison Swett Marden, than whom no
man's golden words have done more to
make the world brighter and better, says:
"We should fight against every influence
which tends to depress the mind, as we
would against a temptation to crime. A
depressed mind prevents the free action
of the diaphragm and the expansion of
the chest. It stops the secretions of the
body, interferes with the circulation of
the blood in the brain, and deranges the
entire functions of the body."
"Do not anticipate trouble," says
Franklin, "or worry about what may
never happen. Keep in the sunlight."
One of our present day apostles of the
gospel of cheerfulness tells us that worry
is a disease. "Some people ought to be
incarcerated for disturbing the family
peace, and for troubling the public wel-
fare, on the charge of intolerable fretful-
ness and touchiness."
The boy whom the world wants will
be wise, indeed, if he includes in his
preparations for meeting the years that
are before him —
A CURE FOR TROUBLE
Trouble is looking for some one to trouble !
Who will partake of his worrisome wares?
Where shall he tarry and whom shall he harry
At morning and night with his burden of cares ?
The most important
attribute of man as a
moral being is the fac-
ulty of self-control. —
Self-control, I say,
is the root virtue of all
virtues. It is at the
very center of charac-
ter. — King.
In the long run a
man becomes what he
purposes, and gains
for himself what he
really desires. —
I owe all my suc-
cess in life to having
been always a quarter
of an hour before-
hand. — Lord Nel-
The period of
greenness is the period
of growth. When we
cease to be green and
are entirely ripe we
are ready for decay.
Prepare yourself for
the world as the ath-
letes used to do for
their exercises; oil
your mind and your
manners to give them
the necessary supple-
ness and flexibility ;
strength alone will not
They who have hands that are idle and empty,
They without purpose to build and to bless ;
They who invite him with scowls that delight him
Are they who shall dwell in the House of Distress.
Trouble is looking for some one to trouble !
I '11 tell you how all his plans to eclipse:
When he draws near you be sure he shall hear you
A-working away with a song on your lips.
Look at him squarely and laugh at his coming;
Say you are busy and bid him depart;
He will not tease you to stay if he sees you
Have tasks in your hands and a hope in your heart.
Trouble is looking for some one to trouble !
I shall not listen to aught he shall say;
Out of life's duty shall blossom in beauty
A grace and a glory to gladden the way.
I shall have faith in the gifts of the Giver;
I shall be true to my purpose and plan ;
Good cheer abounding and love all-surrounding,
I shall keep building the best that I can.
"Give, O give us, the man who sings
at his work!" says Thomas Carlyle. "Be
his occupation what it may, he is equal to
any of those who follow the same pursuit
in silent sullenness. He will do more
in the same time — he will do it better —
he will persevere longer. One is scarcely
sensible to fatigue while he marches to
music. The very stars are said to make
harmony as they revolve in their spheres.
Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness,
altogether past calculation its powers of
endurance. Efforts to be permanently
useful must be uniformly joyous — a spirit
all sunshine — grateful for very gladness,
beautiful because bright."
Have you a cheerful member in your
circle of friends, a cheerful neighbor in
the vicinity of your home? Cherish him
as a pearl of great price. He is of real,
practical value to all with whom he comes
in contact. His presence in a neighbor-
hood ought to make real estate sell for
a bit more a square foot, and life more
prized by all who partake of his good
cheer. He greets the world with a smile
and a laugh — a real laugh, born of
thought and feeling — not a superficial
veneer of humor the falsity of which is
detected by all who hear it. "How much
lies in laughter," says Carlyle. "It is the
cipher-key wherewith we decipher the
whole man. Some men wear an ever-
lasting simper; in the smile of another
lies the cold glitter, as of ice; the fewest
are able to laugh what can be called
laughing, but only sniff and titter and
snicker from the throat outward, or at
least produce some whiffing, husky cach-
Poetry is simply the
most beautiful, im-
pressive, and widely
effective mode of say-
ing things, and hence
its importance. —
In all things, to
serve from the lowest
station upwards is
necessary . — Goethe.
To do nothing by
halves is the way of
noble minds. — Wie-
Whatever your oc-
cupation may be, and
your hours with af-
fairs, do not fail to
secure at least a few
minutes every day for
refreshment of your
inner life with a bit
of poetry. — Charles
Nothing of us be-
longs so wholly to
other people as our
looks. — Glover.
Our greatest glory
consists, not in never
falling, but in rising
every time we fall. —
ination, as if they were laughing through
wool. Of none such comes good."
Do you like the boy who in a game of
ball is whining all the time because he
cannot be constantly at the bat?
Is n't the real manly boy the one who
can lose cheerfully when he has played
the game the best he possibly could and
has been honestly defeated?
Nothing is ever well done that is not
done cheerfully. The one with a growl
spoils whatever joy good fortune may
seek to bring him. The man with whom
the whole world loves to be in partner-
THE ONE WITH A SONG
The cloud-maker says it is going to storm,
And we 're sure to have awful weather, —
Just terribly wet or cold or warm,
Or maybe all three together!
But while his spirit is overcast
With the gloom of his dull repining,
The one with a song comes smiling past,
And, lo! the sun is shining.
The cloud-maker tells us the world is wrong,
And is bound in an evil fetter,
But the blue-sky man comes bringing a song
Of hope that shall make it better.
And the toilers, hearing his voice, behold
The sign of a glad to-morrow,
Whose hands are heaped with the purest gold,
Of which each heart may borrow.
The one who thinks the world is full
of good people and kindly blessings is
much richer than the one who thinks to
the contrary. Some men live in a world
peopled with princes of the royal blood;
some in a world of want and wrong-doers.
Those whom we distrust are likely to dis-
trust us. To believe a man is a man helps
to make him so at heart. To think him a
rascal is a start for him in the wrong
direction. The world smiles at us if we
smile at it; when we frown it frowns. It
is the armor of war and not that of love
that invites trouble. He who carries a
sword is the most likely to find a cause
for using it. The man who remembers
it was a beautiful day yesterday is a great
deal happier than he who is sure it is
going to storm to-morrow.
Though life is made up of mere bubbles,
'T is better than many aver,
For while we 've a whole lot of troubles,
The most of them never occur.
In the thousand and one little every-
A noble manhood,
nobly consecrated to
man, never dies. —
It is easy finding
reasons why other
folks should be pa-
tient. — George El-
Sympathy is two
hearts tugging at one
load. — Parkhurst.
What folly to tear
one's hair in sorrow,
just as if grief could
be assuaged by bald-
ness. — Cicero.
Be at war with
your vices, at peace
with your neighbors,
and let every new
year find you a better
man. — Franklin.
Give us to go
blithely about our
business all this day,
bring us to our resting
beds weary and con-
tent and undishon-
ored, and grant us in
the end the gift of
sleep. — Stevenson.
day affairs of life the man who is disposed
to take things by the smooth handles saves
himself and those about him an endless
amount of worry. The pessimist is an
additional sorrow in a world that holds
for all of us some glints of sunshine and
some shreds of song. It was of one such
sorry soul that I penned the lines —
He growled at morning, noon and night,
And trouble sought to borrow;
On days when all the skies were bright
He knew 't would storm to-morrow.
A thought of joy he could not stand
And struggled to resist it;
Though sunshine dappled all the land
This sorry pessimist it.
Occasionally we meet a person well
along in years who has not yet acquired
sufficient wisdom to understand that with-
out some of the elements of a storm in the
sky we could never look upon that most
marvelously beautiful spectacle — a rain-
Without hunger and thirst, food and
drink would be superfluous; without
cold, warmth would lose its grateful
charm; without weariness, rest were of
no avail; without grief, gladness would
lose its delight. The thoughtful, thank-
ful soul will keep the lips from complain-
ing and the hands from wrong-doing by
always supplying them with
A SMILE AND A TASK
Keep a smile on your lips ; it is better
To joyfully, hopefully try
For the end you would gain, than to fetter
Your life with a moan and a sigh.
There are clouds in the firmament ever
The beauty of heaven to mar,
Yet night so profound there is never
But somewhere is shining a star.
Keep a task in your hands ; you must labor ;
By deeds is true happiness won ;
For stranger and friend and for neighbor,
Rejoice there is much to be done.
Endeavor by crowning life's duty
With joy-giving song and with smile,
To make the world fuller of beauty
Because you are in it a while.
"Of all virtues cheerfulness is the most
profitable. While other virtues defer
the day of recompense, cheerfulness pays
down. It is a cosmetic which makes
homeliness graceful and winning. It
promotes health and gives clearness and
vigor to the mind ; it is the bright weather
Teach your child to
hold his tongue, he '11
learn fast enough to
There is no use
arguing with the in-
evitable; the only ar-
gument with the east
wind is to put on your
overcoat. — Lowell.
A young man can-
not honestly make a
success in any busi-
ness unless he loves
his work. — Edward
There is a great
deal more to be got
out of things than is
generally got out of
them, whether the
thing be a chapter of
the Bible or a yellow
turnip. — MacDon-
The boy who does
not go to school does
not know what Satur-
day is. — Babcock.
A faithful friend is
a strong defence, and
he that hath found
him hath found a
treasure. — Ecclesias-
of the heart in contrast with the clouds
and gloom of melancholy." These words
from the writings of one of our sunniest
philosophers are worth much gold to
one who will ever keep them in mind.
Sydney Smith says that "all mankind
are happier for having been happy; so
that, if you make them happy now, you
make them happy twenty years hence by
the memory of it." This being true we
should do all in our power to turn men
from gloom to gladness; from the shad-
ows to sunshine. With this purpose in
mind I have written
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PESSIMIST
Brother — you with growl and frown —
Why don't you move from Grumbletown ;
Where everything is tumbled down
And skies are dark and dreary ?
Move over into Gladville where
Your face will don a happy air,
And lay aside your cross of care
For smiles all bright and cheery.
In Grumbletown there 's not a joy
But has a shadow of alloy
That must its happiness destroy
And make you to regret it.
In Gladville we have not a care
But, somehow, looks inviting there,
And has about it something fair
That makes us glad to get it.
'T is strange how different these towns
Of ours are ! Good cheer abounds
In one, and gruesome growls and frowns
Are always in the other.
If you your skies of ashen gray
Would change for sunny skies of May,
From Grumbletown, oh, haste away;
Move into Gladville, brother.
The three things
most difficult are, to
keep a secret, to for-
get an injury, and to
make a good use of
leisure. — Chilo.
BIRTHPLACE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BOSTON
DREAMING AND DOING
"LTITCH your wagon to a star!"
Such is the advice Emerson gave
to ambitious youth. He meant well, no
doubt, and indeed, his words are all right
if taken with a pinch of salt. A boy
should dream great dreams, of course,
but he ought to set his dream-gauge so as
to have it indicate a line of endeavor it
will be possible for him to follow.
"Hitch your wagon to a star,"
Sounds eloquent, of course,
But it might prove more prudent, far,
To hitch it to a motor-car,
Or a steady-going horse.
The type of boy the world counts on to
do it the most lasting good is the youth
that does not permit the wings of fancy
to carry him so far into the blue empyrean
that he cannot touch the solid earth with
at least the tiptoes of reason.
As Wingate truly says: "There is no
use in filling young people's minds with
The talent that is
buried is not owned.
The napkin and the
hole in the ground
are far more truly the
man's property. —
That which some
call idleness I call the
sweetest part of my
life, and that is my
thinking. — Felsham.
We must learn to
bear and to work be-
fore we can spare
strength to dream. —
Training is every-
thing. The peach
was once a bitter
almond ; cauliflower is
nothing but cabbage
with a college educa-
tion. — Mark Twain.
Success comes only
to those who lead the
life of endeavor. —
The most certain
sign of wisdom is a
vain hopes; not every one can make a
fortune or a national reputation, but he
who possesses health, ordinary ability,
honesty and industry can at least earn a
If you are striving to be a level-headed
boy you will understand that if you keep
your eyes fastened on the stars all the
while you are likely to overlook a thou-
sand opportunities lying all about your
Let 's not despise just common things,
For here 's a truth there is no dodging,
The bird that soars on proudest wings
Comes down to earth for board and lodging.
Some of the poets and others advise
you to aim at the sky or the sun or some-
thing of that sort, for by so doing you will
shoot higher than you would if you aimed
at the ground.
I would advise you to aim directly at
the target you wish to hit. Don't shoot
over it or under it; shoot at it.
Dreaming great things is good but
doing simple things may be better. There
ought to be, and there will be more
dreams than deeds, just as there are more
blossoms on the tree than can mature and
ripen into perfect fruit.
DREAMING AND DOING
We shall always have to divide our
attention between the things we can do
and the things we should like to do.
Dreaming is an interesting pastime but
we should not devote too many precious
THE PLEASURES OF "IFFING"
"If" this or that were thus and so,
Oh, would n't it be clever !
But "ifs," alas! won't make it so
Though we should "if" forever.
Yet, while "ifs" cannot help a mite,
We 'd all be less contented
And life would hold far less delight
"If" "iffing" were prevented.
When the time arrives for a boy to
cease dreaming and to begin doing he
should seize upon the highest duty that
comes to his hands and waste not a mo-
ment in dilatory uncertainties. "Thrift
of time," says Gladstone, "will repay you
in after-life with a thousandfold of profit
beyond your most sanguine dreams."
Hopes are good, but patiently worked-
out realities are better. Hope is for
to-morrow. Work is for to-day. The
hope that lulls one into a dreamy inactiv-
ity, with the promise that all will be
well, whether or no, is sometimes a hin-
Wisdom is oft-
times nearer when we
stoop than when we
soar. — Wordsworth.
Our business in life
is not to get ahead of
other people, but to
get ahead of ourselves.
Have the courage
to appear poor, and
you disarm poverty of
its sharpest sting. —
Hope is the real
riches, as fear is the
real poverty. — Hume.
Small pleasures, de-
pend upon it, lie
about us as thick as
daisies. — Jerrold.
Go after two
wolves, and you will
not even catch one.
drance in the path toward success. We
must not succumb too fully to
THE POWER OF HOPE
Hope 's a magical compound
To increase our strength, we 've found,
It can charm our bars and barriers all away.
With its impulse, which we borrow,
We can always do to-morrow
Lots and lots of things we never do to-day.
Hope is the architect but brawn is the
builder. An architect's most elaborate
design for a mansion, on paper, cannot
protect one from the elements as well as
can the crudest little cabin actually built
by hands. Those who spend much time
in dreaming wonderful plans and waiting
for a ready-made success to come and
hunt them up may be interested in learn-
HANK STREETER'S BRAIN-WAVE
Hank Streeter used to sit around the corner grocery
A-telling of the things he 'd like to do ;
"But, pshaw!" said Hank, "it ain't no use to tackle
Fate settles in her mind she '11 help you through.
DREAMING AND DOING
And 't ain't no use to waste your time on triflin'
things," said he;
In all God's crea-
"The feller that secures the biggest plum
tion there is no place
Is the one that thinks up something that 's a
appointed for the idle
winner, so, you see,
man. — Gladstone.
I 'm waitin' for a brain-wave to come."
"The men that make the biggest hits," so Hank
would often say,
"They ain't the ones, or so I calculate,
That get their everlastin' fame a-workin' by the
No, sir ! They sort o' grab it while you wait.
Let us endeavor so
They spend their time a-thinkin' till they strike
to live that when we
some new idee
come to die even the
That 's big enough to make the hull world hum."
undertaker will be
"And that 's my plan for winnin' out," said Hank;
sorry. — Mark
"and so," said he,
"I 'm waitin' for a brain-wave to come."
And there he sat a-waiting: in the winter by the
In summer-time he sat outside the store;
And, while his busy neighbors all about him worked
He just kept on a-talking more and more ;
Labor is the genius
Kept on a-getting poorer, and, while time it hauled
that changes the world
from ugliness to
Hank had to make a meal off just a crumb,
beauty, and changes
Till death it had to take him, — caught him in the
the great curse to a
great blessing. — Opie
Of waiting for a brain-wave to come.
I have seldom
known any one who
deserted truth in
trifles that could be
trusted in matters of
importance. — Paley.
There are many
echoes in the world,
but few voices. —
unpitying. — George
The man that 's born a genius, — well, I s'pose
he 's bound to win,
But most of us are born the other way ;
And, after all is said and done, the man who pitches
And works, — well he 's a genius, so they say.
If he can't win a dollar, why, he tries to earn a
If he can't have it all he'll capture some:
For doing just the best we can is better, every
Than waiting for a brain-wave to come.
But it is to be remembered that the
youth who does not think well of himself
is not likely to do well. "Ability, learn-
ing, accomplishment, opportunity, are
all well," says Mathews, "but they do
not, of themselves, insure success. Thou-
sands have all these, and live and die
without benefiting themselves or others.
On the other hand, men of mediocre tal-
ents, often scale the dizzy steeps of excel-
lence and fame because they have firm
faith and high resolve. It is this solid
faith in one's mission — the rooted belief
that it is the one thing to which he has
been called, — this enthusiasm, attracting
an Agassiz to the Alps or the Amazon,
impelling a Pliny to explore the volcano
in which he is to lose his life, and nerv-
DREAMING AND DOING
ing a Vernet, when tossing in a fierce
tempest, to sketch the waste of waters,
and even the wave that is leaping up to
devour him, — that marks the heroic
spirit; and, wherever it is found, success,
sooner or later, is almost inevitable."
The youth who will start out in life's
morning with a well-defined idea of the
goal he wishes to gain, and who will keep
going in the right direction need have
little fear that his journey will finally
THE VALLEY OF NEVER
The city of Is sets on top of a hill
And if you would learn of its beauty
Take Right-Away street and keep going until
You pass through the gateway of Duty.
But some miss the way, though the guide-board is
And leisurely wander forever,
Sad-hearted and weary, down By-and-By lane
That leads to the Valley of Never.
If you start in the morning and follow the sun
With a heart that is earnest and cheery,
The way is so short that your journey is done
Before you have time to be weary.
But wait till the day is beginning to wane
And then, though you rightly endeavor,
You are likely to wander down By-and-By lane
That leads to the Valley of Never.
They who wish to
sing always find a
song. — Swedish.
Whoever in the
darkness lighteth an-
other with a lamp,
lighteth himself also.
Every year of my
life I grow more con-
vinced that it is wisest
and best to fix our at-
tention on the beauti-
ful and good, and
dwell as little as pos-
sible on the dark and
base. — Cecil.
A little integrity is
better than any career.
Habit is habit, and
not to be flung out of
the window by any
man, but coaxed
downstairs a step at a
time. — Mark Twain.
Sweep first before
your own door, before
you sweep the door-
steps of your neigh-
bors. — Swedish.
When we come to observe life very
closely we learn that the law of recom-
pense is always in operation, and that
when all things are considered, one man's
lot does not seem so much better or an-
other's so much worse than the fortune
of those about him as a superficial glance
might lead us to think. Says Hamer-
ton: "I used to believe a great deal more
in opportunities and less in application
than I do now. Time and health are
needed, but with these there are always
opportunities. Rich people have a fancy
for spending money very uselessly on
their culture because it seems to them
more valuable when it has been costly;
but the truth is, that by the blessing of
good and cheap literature, intellectual
light has become almost as accessible as
daylight. I have a rich friend who
travels more, and buys more costly things
than I do, but he does not really learn
more or advance farther in the twelve-
month. If my days are fully occupied,
what has he to set against them? only
other well-occupied days, no more. If
he is getting benefit at St. Petersburg he
is missing the benefit I am getting round
my house, and in it. The sum of the
DREAMING AND DOING
year's benefit seems to be surprisingly
alike in both cases. So if you are read-
ing a piece of thoroughly good literature,
Baron Rothschild may possibly be as
well occupied as you — he is certainly not
better occupied. When I open a noble
volume I say to myself, 'Now the only
Croesus that I envy is he who is reading
a better book than this.' "
There is many a boy who is quite sure
the neighbor's boy has an easier time and
a better prospect of success. Grown-ups,
too, are frequently of the opinion that
they could do so much better if they were
in somebody else's shoes. Between the
success which others attain and that
which we achieve, we can very readily
When the other fellow gets rich it 's luck,
Just blundering luck that brings him gains, '
But when we win it 's a case of pluck
With intelligent effort and lots of brains.
The country boy is sure that if he
could get into the large city where there
are more and greater chances for doing
things he would make a great success.
The city boy is quite as certain that if he
If you wish success
in life, make persever-
ance your bosom
f r i e n d , experience
your wise counsellor,
caution your elder
brother, and hope
your guardian genius.
Calmness is a great
advantage. — Her-
greater in proportion
as he learns to know
himself and his fac-
ulty. Let him once
become conscious of
what he is, and he
will soon learn to be
what he should. —
Men must know
that in this theater of
man's it remaineth
only to God and an-
gels to be lookers-on.
It is no man's busi-
ness whether he is a
genius or not; work
he must, whatever he
is, but quietly and
steadily . — Ruskin.
The talent of suc-
cess is nothing more
than doing what you
can do well, without
a thought of fame. —
could get out into a country town where
the competition is not so fierce and where
there is more room to grow he would do
something worth while. In discussing
this subject, Edward Bok says: "It is the
man, not the place that counts. The
magnet of worth is the drawing power in
business. It is what you are, not where
you are. If a young man has the right
stuff in him, he need not fear where he
lives or does his business. Many a large
man has expanded in a small place. The
idea that a small place retards a man's
progress is pure nonsense. If the com-
munity does not offer facilities for a
growing business, they can be brought to
it. Proper force can do anything. All
that is needed is right direction. The
vast majority of people are like sheep,
they, follow a leader."
For the solace and enlightenment of
those who think they are the victims of
an unkind fortune and that conditions
are better elsewhere I herewith offer
Deacon Watts's remarks concerning
"This world is full of 'yender grass,' " says Deacon
Watts to me ;
DREAMING AND DOING
"When I 'm a-mowin' in the field, the grass close
by," says he,
"Is short and thin and full of weeds; but over
It looks to me as if the grass is thick and smooth
But sakes alive! that ain't the case, for, when I
mow to where
The grass I saw from far away looked all so smooth
I find it 's jest as short and thin as all the rest, or
And that 's the way the things of earth keep on a-
foolin' us !
" 'Bout every day you '11 hear some man com-
plainin' of his lot,
And tellin', if he 'd had a chance like other people,
He might have been ! He 'd like to know how he
can ever win
When all the grass that comes his way is all so short
But over in the neighbors' fields, why, he can
That they 're in clover plumb knee-deep and sweet
as sweet can be !
At times it's hard to tell if things are made of
gold or brass;
Some men can't see them distant fields are full of
"I 've learned one thing in makin' hay, and that 's
to fill my mow
Be not simply good,
be good for some-
thing. — Thoreau.
upon what we are,
rather than upon what
we may encounter.
One man is stopped
by a sapling lying
across the road; an-
other, passing that
way, picks up the Hin-
drance and converts it
into a help in crossing
the brook just ahead.
Greatness lies, not
in being strong, but
in the right using of
strength. — Beecher.
With any grass that I can get to harvest here and
Great is wisdom;
infinite is the value of
The 'vender grass' that 'way ahead is wavin' in
wisdom. It cannot
be exaggerated; it is
I find ain't very fillin' by the time it 's cut and
the highest achieve-
ment of man. — Car-
Hope springs eternal, so they say, within the
Man never is, the sayin' goes, but always to be,
So my advice is, Don't you let your present chances
A-thinkin' by and by you '11 reap your fill of
'yender grass.' "
" TRIFLES "
"HpRIFLES make perfection, but per-
■*■ fection is no trifle." The saying
is old but the truth is ever new.
It is the little things that count, day by
day, in the forming of character. The
way in which we employ our moments
finally becomes the way in which we em-
ploy our years.
As a matter of course every boy will, if
he can, do some big, beautiful thing out
there in the years to come. But it is a
foregone conclusion that every boy must
do a vast number of little things before he
shall do the larger things. The "trifles"
are always at hand waiting to be done,
day after day, year after year. And it is
the way in which a boy does these little
things that gives him the standing he
holds in the estimation of those with
whom he is intimately associated.
"As the twig is bent, the tree's in-
It is ours to climb
and dare. — Frederick
Oh, sweet is life
when youth is in the
blood. — Denis Mc-
Down in the busy
thoroughfares are boys
the world shall know
some day. — Samuel
To him who presses
on, at each degree new
visions rise. — Julia
To doubt is failure,
and to dare, success.
— Frederick Law-
It's nothing against
you to fall down flat,
but to lie there is dis-
grace. — Edmund
clined." A habit is easy to form but hard
to break. Yet the strongest of habits are
formed just a little at a time — a small
strand is added each day until there is a
mighty cable that cannot be broken except
by a mighty effort. If it is a good habit,
its strength makes it all the better! If it
is a bad habit, its strength makes it so
much the worse.
Where is the boy who cannot see the
fallacy in such illogical reasoning as this :
"Now, I will be careless while I am
young so that I may be careful when I am
older. I will remain ignorant and poorly
informed while I am a boy, so that I may
be wise when I am a man. I will bend
one way while I am a twig so that I shall
incline in another direction when I be-
come a tree. I will do wrong things while
my character is being formed so that I
may do right things when my habits be-
come fixed." All such reasoning is very,
very foolish, isn't it? And yet there are
some illogical youths who deem it will be
easy to have one character and disposition
as boys and quite a different one when
they come to be men. By some strange
hocus-pocus they hope to be able to sow
a crop of "wild oats" and later on reap
a harvest of good wheat. It cannot be
Any farmer's boy will tell you that "as
ye sow, so shall ye reap." When the
farmer wishes to harvest wheat he does
not sow oats. When he wishes a crop of
potatoes he does not plant gourds. He
has learned that what he plants in the
spring he will harvest in the autumn. It
is equally as true of life. That which
we sow in youth we reap in our maturer
years. We must not try to deceive na-
ture and our own consciences. We shall
get back from the years what we give to
The boy who early gets into the habit
of doing things right is pretty sure to go
on doing them so all his life, and with-
out much effort on his part. The will
is strengthened by exercise in the same
manner as are the muscles. We learn to
do easily that which we do often.
The youth who says "No" to little
temptations will, later on in life, be per-
fectly able to say "No" to temptations
of any size. And how many a man's
career has been made glorious simply
because he learned, while a youth, to
say "No" whenever his moral conscience
Do it right now and
do it well. — John
Condemn no creed!
Dig deep beneath the
sod and at the root
thou 'It find the truth
of God. — Alicia K.
It is adversity, not
breeds men; as it is the
storm, and not the
calm, which makes the
mariner. — Melvin L.
The slow long way
may be the best. —
He who lifts his
brother man in turn is
lifted by him. — John
As the twig is arche-
typal of the tree, so
childhood builds the
ladder up which man-
hood climbs. — Mel-
vin L. Severy.
told him it was the thing he should
say! How true are the teachings of the
wise moralist who tells us: "A very little
word is 'No.' It is composed of but
two letters and forms only one syllable.
In meaning it is so definite as to defy
misunderstanding. Your lips find its
articulation easy. Diminutive in size,
evident in import, easy of utterance, fre-
quent in use, and necessary in ordinary
speech, it seems one of the simplest and
most harmless of all words. Yet there
are those to whom it is almost a terror.
Its sound makes them afraid. They
would expurgate it from their vocabulary
if they could. The little monosyllable
sticks in their throat. Their pliable and
easy temper inclines them to conformity,
and frequently works their bane. As-
sailed by the solicitations of pleasure
they are sure to yield, for at once and
resolutely they will not repeat 'No!'
Plied with the intoxicating cup they sel-
dom overcome, for their facile nature
refuses to express itself in 'No!' En-
countering temptation in the hard and
duteous path they are likely to falter and
fall, for they have not the boldness to
speak out the decided negative 'No!'
Amid the mists of time, and involved in
the labyrinthine mazes of error, they are
liable to forget eternal verities and join
in the ribald jest, for they have not been
accustomed to utter an emphatic 'No!'
All the noble souls and heroes of history
have held themselves ready, whenever it
was demanded, to say 'No!' The poet
said 'No!' to the sloth and indolence
which was consuming his precious hours,
and wove for himself in heavenly song a
garland of immortality."
"No" might seem to be but a mere
trifle of a word yet the boy who learns to
say it on every right occasion has already
conquered many of the foes that are
likely to beset him along life's pathway.
Every boy should cultivate his will until
it is strong enough for him to depend
upon it at all times. With the proper
amount of will he is sure to have suffi-
cient "won't" to resist all the tempta-
tions that wrong may offer him.
In developing a strength that enables
him to say "No!" to wrong things a boy
becomes strong enough to say "Yes!" to
right things. His "I won't!" with which
he meets wrong suggestions engenders
his "I will!" toward the wholesome and
All that we send
into the lives of others
comes back into our
own. — Edwin Mark-
The greatest, strong-
est, most skilled is he
who knows how to
wait, and wait pa-
tiently. — C HARLES
The man in whom
others believe is a
power, but if he be-
lieves in himself he is
doubly powerful. —
One forgives every-
thing in him who for-
gives himself nothing.
Not in rewards,
bat in the strength to
strive, the blessing lies.
— John Townsend
It makes consider-
able difference whether
a man talks bigger than
he is, or is bigger than
he talks. — Patrick
commendable undertakings in which he
should be interested.
When a boy has learned to say, and
to feel the strength that is in the words,
"I will!" he ceases to make use of the
words, " I wish," for his will is sufficient
to make his wish a living reality. And
what a world of difference there is be-
tween the involved meanings of the
" I WISH " AND " I WILL "
"I Wish" and "I Will," so my grandmother says,
Were two little boys in the long, long ago,
And "I Wish" used to sigh while "I Will" used
For the things he desired, at least that 's what my
Grandma tells me, and she ought to know.
"I Wish" was so weak, so my grandmother says,
That he longed to have someone to help him
And while he 'd stand still and look up at the hill
And sigh to be there to go coasting, "I Will"
Would glide past him with many a shout.
They grew to be men, so my grandmother says,
And all that "I Wish" ever did was to
To dream, and to sigh that life's hill was so high,
While "I Will" went to work and soon learned,
if we try,
Hills are never so steep as they seem.
"I Wish" lived in want, so my grandmother says,
But "I Will" had enough and a portion to
Whatever he thought was worth winning he sought
With an earnest and patient endeavor that brought
Of blessings a bountiful share.
And whenever my grandma hears any one "wish,"
A method she seeks, in his mind to instill,
For increasing his joys, and she straightway employs
The lesson she learned from the two little boys
Whose names were "I Wish" and "I Will."
"Trifles" are the beginnings of things
which finally develop into all that is
The acorn is a trifle, yet within it is
hidden an oak tree, and a whole forest
of oak trees. The tiny little brooklet is
only a trifle yet it flows on and on till
it becomes a mighty river.
The first rude little pencil sketch made
by the child that has an inborn love of
drawing is but a trifle, yet it may be the
beginning of an art career that shall
brighten the whole world.
No man doth safely
rule but he that hath
learned gladly to obey.
— Thomas a Kempis.
By varied discipline
man slowly learns his
part in what the Mas-
ter Mind has planned.
— Nathan Haskell
It is a ridiculous
thing for a man not to
fly from his own bad-
ness, which indeed is
possible, but to fly
from other men's bad-
ness, which is impos-
sible. — Marcus Au-
Yet with steadfast
courage that rather
would die than turn
back. — Nathan Has-
One thing we must
never forget, namely :
that the infinitely most
important work for us
is the humane educa-
tion of the millions who
are soon to come on
the stage of action. —
George T. Angell.
In every sincere and
earnest man's heart
God has placed a little
niche where the poetic,
the spectacular, and
the legendary hold full
sway. — Willis
The first few lines written by the em-
bryo poet constitute but a trifle, yet with
a word of encouragement it may some-
time be followed by songs that shall make
all mankind happier and better.
It was just a trifling incident that de-
veloped one of the greatest vocalists the
world has ever known. We are told that
Jenny Lind, at the beginning of her life,
was a poor, neglected little girl, homely
and uncouth, living in a single room of
a tumble-down house in a narrow street
at Stockholm. When the humble woman
who had her in charge went out to her
daily labor, she was accustomed to lock
Jenny in with her sole companion, a cat.
One day the little girl, who was always
singing to herself like a canary-bird,
"because," as she said, "the song was in
her and must come out," sat with her
dumb companion at the window war-
bling her sweet child-like notes. She was
overheard by a passing lady, who paused
and listened, struck by the trill and clear-
ness of the untutored notes. She made
careful inquiry about the child and be-
came the patroness of the little Jenny who
was at once supplied with a music-
teacher. She loved the art of song, and
having a true genius for it she made
rapid progress, surprising both patroness
and teachers, and presently, became the
world's "Queen of Song."
How trifling was the incident that
brought about, by a happy accident, the
development of the genius which slept in
the soul of the sculptor Canova! A su-
perb banquet was being prepared in the
palace of the Falieri family in Venice.
The tables were already arranged, when
it was discovered that a crowning orna-
ment of some sort was required to com-
plete the general effect of the banqueting
board. Canova's grandfather, who
brought him up, was a stone-cutter, often
hewing out stone ornaments for archi-
tects; and as he lived close at hand, he
was hastily consulted by the steward of
the Falieris. Canova chanced to go with
his grandfather to view the tables, and
overheard the conversation. Though but
a child his quick eye and ready genius
at once suggested a suitable design for
the apex of the principal dishes. "Give
me a plate of cold butter," said the boy;
and seating himself at a side table he
rapidly moulded a lion of proper pro-
portions, and so true to nature in its
The generous heart
should scorn a pleasure
which gives others
pain. — Anonymous.
nor riches can take the
place of character, yet
we can all get as much
character as we want.
— Patrick Flynn.
A teacher who can
arouse a feeling for one
single good action, for
one single good poem,
than he who fills our
memory with rows on
rows of natural objects,
classified with name
and form. — Goethe.
A good conscience
expects to be treated
with perfect confi-
dence. — Victor Hu-
Build new domes of
thought in your mind,
and presently you will
find that instead of
your finding the eter-
nal life, the eternal life
has found you. — Jen-
kin Lloyd Jones.
There is no power
on earth that can en-
slave a man who is
mentally free ; no
power that can free a
man who is mentally
enslaved. — Patrick
pose and detail as to astonish all present.
It was put in place and proved to be the
most striking ornamental feature of the
feast. When the guests, on being seated,
discovered the lion, they exclaimed aloud
with admiration, and demanded to see
at once the person Who could perform
such a miracle impromptu. Canova was
brought before them, and his boyish per-
son only heightened their wonder. From
that hour the head of the opulent Falieri
family became his kind, appreciative,
liberal patron. Canova was placed under
the care of the best sculptors of Venice
and Rome and became a grand master
of his art.
But it may be truthfully said that
every boy does not possess some latent
genius, waiting to be discovered by some
one who will foster and develop it.
Then there is all the more need of mak-
ing the very most of the small talents
one may possess. One need not be a
Canova, or a Shakespeare, in order that
he may become something worth while
to those with whom he dwells in close
Every nook and corner of the world
is waiting for the fine characters that
are to make it a pleasant place in which to
dwell. Blest is that household, however
humble, in which there are bright,
manly, truthful, kind-hearted boys, ever
ready to make the hours brighter,
and the home dearer, by their tender
thoughtfulness of those about them.
Are you going to win the admiration
of the world, by and by?
Have you already won the admiration
of that little, all-important world that
now lies just about you? Does the
mother, or father, or sister, or brother,
who knows you best, hold you in the
highest esteem. If you do not win the
love of those who know you so well, how
can you hope to be loved by the world
which can never come into such close
and tender relations with you?
Do not wait for some big event out
there in the years to come. Begin just
here and now, by seizing upon the
"trifles" that lie all about you. The
great wall of solid masonry is not put
into place all at once; it is laid patiently
and carefully, brick by brick. So man-
hood must be built a "trifle" at a time
until a character is established that temp-
tation cannot totter to the earth.
He who is plente-
ously provided from
within, needs but little
from without. —
Write it on your
heart that every day
is the best day in the
year. No man has
rightly, until he knows
that every day is
Doomsday. — Emer-
Do not sing with a
too exact correctness.
Put in personality. —
Tyranny is always
weakness. — James
If we see rightly
and mean rightly, we
shall get on, though
the hand may stagger
a little; but if we mean
wrongly, or mean
nothing, it does not
matter how firm the
hand is. — Ruskin.
It is better to hold
back a truth than to
speak it ungraciously.
— St. Francis de
O Y WANTED "
And every boy ought to thank his
lucky stars that he does not have to wait
for some special occasion to offer itself
before he can begin to develop the traits
that shall waken the warmest regard of
those about him, and bring to his own
sense of well-doing the reward born of
all virtue. This very day there are many
"trifles" strewn in his pathway. If he
shall make the most of them, larger op-
portunities will be vouchsafed him. The
one important consideration is whether
he is ready to begin to build at the pres-
ent moment, and to utilize the splendid
"trifles" all about him, or will procras-
tinate till such time as he can by some
great sweep of action, establish his repu-
tation all at once and full-born. If he
has decided on the latter course he
should be moved to give the most earnest
and serious consideration to the startling
differences that exist between
" NOW " AND " WAITAWHILE "
Little Jimmie "Waitawhile" and little Johnnie
Grew up in homes just side by side ; and that, you
see, is how
I came to know them both so well, for almost every
I used to watch them in their work and also in their
Little Jimmie " Waitawhile " was bright and steady,
But never ready to perform what he was asked to do ;
"Wait just a minute," he would say, "I '11 do it
And tasks he should have done at morn were never
done at noon.
He put off studying until his boyhood days v T ere
He put off getting him a home till age came stealing
He put off everything, and so his life was not a joy,
And all because he waited "just a minute" when a
But little Johnnie "Now" would say, when he had
work to do;
"There 's no time like the present time," and gaily
put it through.
And when his time for play arrived he so enjoyed
the fun !
His mind was not distressed with thoughts of duties
In boyhood he was studious and laid him out a plan
Of action to be followed when he grew to be a man ;
It is ever true that
he who does nothing
for others, does noth-
ing for himself. —
The artist who can
realize his ideal has
missed the true gain of
art, as "a man's reach
should exceed h i s
grasp, or what's
heaven for?" — Ed-
Keep but ever look-
ing, whether with the
body's eye or the
mind's and you will
soon find something to
look on. — Browning.
Great hearts alone
understand how much
glory there is in being
good. To be and
keep so is not the gift
of a happy nature
alone, but it is strength
and heroism. — Jules
And life was as he willed it, all because he 'd not
His tasks to be neglected, but would always do them
And so in every neighborhood are scores of growing
Who, by and by, must work with tools when they
have done with toys.
And you know one of them, I guess, because I see
you smile ;
And is he little Johnnie "Now" or Jimmie "Wait-
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f\F what value is this book to you?
Perhaps there is more involved in
the answer to this question than a careless
consideration of it might lead one to
think. Shakespeare says: "A jest's pros-
perity lies in the ear of him that hears it,
never in the tongue of him that makes
So it is that the value of advice de-
pends not so much upon the giver as it
does upon the one who receives it.
Emerson has observed that he who
makes a tour of Europe brings home
from that country only as much as he
takes there with him. This same truth
holds good in the reading of books and
in listening to sermons and lectures. He
that has not eyes with which to see, will
see nothing. He that has not ears with
which to hear, can hear nothing.
A sign-post indicating which road to
Courage is a virtue
that the young cannot
spare; to lose it is to
grow old before the
time ; it is better to
make a thousand mis-
takes and suffer a thou-
sand reverses than to
run away from the bat-
tle. — Henry Van
He needs no other
rosary whose thread
of life is strung with
beads of love and
thought. — Persian.
Truth is a cork ; it
is bound to come to
the top. — Willis
He who will not
answer to the rudder
must answer to the
rock. — Archbishop
It is not erudition
that makes the intel-
lectual man, but a sort
ofvirtue which delights
in vigorous and beau-
tiful thinking, just as
moral virtue delights
in vigorous and beau-
tiful conduct. — Ham-
take to reach a certain destination surely
ought to be of great value to a traveler
in a strange land. If the traveler, hav-
ing failed to cultivate the habit of ob-
serving his surroundings, passes by the
sign-post without seeing it, or if he reads
its directions and says to himself: "I
think I know better; I shall reach my
destination by whatever road I choose
to travel," then the sign-post is of no true
use to him. Not that it is not a good
sign-post. No, the sign-post is all right ;
it is the traveler who is wrong. He must
go his own way and, perhaps, journey
far, and fare sadly before he arrives at
the place he seeks — the destination he
might have reached pleasantly and in
good season. Franklin tells us that ex-
perience is a dear teacher but fools will
learn from no other.
Now this book which you hold in
your hand is only a guide-post, or per-
haps we had better call it a guide-book.
It is intended for the use of the boys of
our land and all other persons who are
not too old or too wise to learn more.
Every boy is starting out on a long,
interesting, and tremendously important
journey. It will lie mostly through a
THE WORTH OF ADVICE
strange country and is a journey which
must, in a very large sense, be traveled
alone by each individual person. There
are many partings of the ways; many
perplexing forks in the road.
The thoughtful boy will ever feel
called upon to ask his highest under-
standing: "Which is the right road for
me to take?" He will not carelessly pass
by the sign-posts without learning what
they have to tell him, nor will he forget
or refuse to be guided by their instruc-
tions and admonitions.
If a sign post says: "Danger! Go
Slowly!" he will govern his movements
accordingly. If the sign-post says : " Rail-
road Crossing. Beware of the Engine!"
he will not blindly plunge ahead with-
out waiting to see if his course is clear.
He will understand that many others
have traveled the way before him and
have learned by experience that it is well
for all to take heed and do as the sign-
This life-long pathway upon which
every boy is starting is a winding, intri-
cate, interesting way, and many there are
who turn into the wrong roads that are
ever leading off from the main-traveled
Gi ve what you have .
To some one it may
be better than you
dare to think. — Long-
There are men who
complain that roses
have thorns. They
should be grateful to
know that thorns have
roses. — MaxO'Rell.
I think the best way
of doing good to the
poor is not making
them easy in poverty,
but leading or driving
them out of it. — Ben-
Those who bring
sunshine into the lives
of others cannot keep
it from themselves. —
There is a certain
sweetness and elegance
in " little deeds of
kindness," and in let-
ting our best impulses
have free play on com-
mon occasions. — Jo-
The school of the
intellectual man is the
place where he hap-
pens to be, and his
teachers are the people,
books, animals, plants,
stones, and earth round
about him. — Hammer-
track. It is the purpose of this volume
to serve as a guide-book for the boy who
desires to reach Happiness and Helpful-
ness, Prosperity and Splendid Manhood
in the most direct and efficient manner.
At every turn of life's way it will warn
him from the blind paths that would
bring him, by the way of Idleness, Care-
lessness, Ignorance, and Extravagance, to
the unfortunate land of Failure, of
Broken Hopes, and of Life Misspent.
"A word spoken in due season, how
good is it!" In these pages over which
your eye is passing are spoken the words
of a large and distinguished company of
the world's best and wisest men and wo-
men. Emerson says: "Every book is a
quotation ; every house is a quotation out
of all forests, and mines, and stone-quar-
ries, and every man is a quotation from
all his ancestors."
"In the multitude of counsellors there
is safety." The value of well-selected
quotations to serve as finger-posts to
guide us day by day is thus set forth by
the great German poet, Goethe: "What-
ever may be said against such collections
which present authors in a disjointed
form they nevertheless bring about many
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excellent results. We are not always so
composed, so full of wisdom, that we
are able to take in at once the whole
scope of a work according to its merits.
Do we not mark in a book passages
which seem to have a direct reference
to ourselves? Young people especially,
who have failed in acquiring a complete
cultivation of the mind, are roused in a
praiseworthy way by brilliant quota-
And if it shall so happen that some
word or sentence or sentiment contained
in this book shall rouse in a praiseworthy
way just one boy — the very boy whose
thought is dwelling on these lines at this
very moment — all of this labor of love
shall have been abundantly rewarded.
For just one boy roused to his best efforts
can grandly gladden his own home circle
and, perchance, the whole wide world.
"Why, the world is at a boy's feet,"
says Burdette, "and power, conquest, and
leadership slumber in his rugged arms
and care-free heart. A boy sets his am-
bition at whatever mark he will — lofty
or grovelling, as he may elect — and the
boy who resolutely sets his heart on fame,
on health, on power, on what he will ;
Heroism is simple
and yet it is rare.
Everyone who does
the best he can is a
hero. — Josh Billings.
One of the dearest
thoughts to me is this
— a real friend will
never get away from
me, or try to, or want
to. Love does not
have to be tethered.
— Anna R. Brown.
In all situations
wherein a living man
has stood or can stand,
there is actually a prize
of quite infinite value
placed within his reach
— namely, a Duty for
him to do. — Carlyle.
To have what we
want is riches, but to
be able to do without
is power. — George
Let every man be
occupied in the high-
est employment o f
which his nature is ca-
pable, and die with
the consciousness that
he has done his best.
— Sydney Smith.
Of course I know
that it is better to build
a cathedral than to
make a boot ; but 1
think it better actually
to make a boot than
only to dream about
building a cathedral. —
who consecrates every faculty of his mind
and body on ambition, courage, industry,
and patience, can trample on genius; for
these are better and grander than genius."
The past is gone forever; the present
is so brief and fleeting we can scarcely
call it our own; in the future lies our
larger, better hope of a happier civiliza-
tion. Not the men of yesterday, not the
men of to-day, but the men of to-morrow,
the boys, are the ones who are to make
the world right. They are
THE WORLD'S VICTORS
Hurrah for the beacon-lights of earth, —
The brave, triumphant boys !
Hurrah for their joyous shouts of mirth,
And their blood-bestirring noise!
The bliss of being shall never die,
Nor the old world seem depressed
While a boy's stout heart is beating high,
Like a glad drum in his breast.
Ye wise professors of bookish things,
That burden the souls of men,
Go trade your lore for a boy's glad wings,
And fly to the stars again.
Nor grope through a shrunken, shrivelled world
That the years have made uncouth,
But march 'neath the flaunting flags unfurled
By the valiant hands of youth.
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Oh, never the lamp of age burns low
In its cold and empty cup.
But youth comes by with his face aglow,
And a beacon-light leaps up.
The gloomiest skies grow bright and gay,
And the whispered clouds of doubt
Are swept from the brows of the world away
By a boy's triumphant shout.
Of the multitudes of boys who are to
become the world's victors, he will suc-
ceed best who earliest in life learns care-
fully to observe and to appreciate the
character of his surroundings, and to
build into the structure of his manhood
the high and abiding influences that come
to his hands. As one of our great
thinkers given to deep introspection has
so impressively said, life, itself, may be
compared to a building in the course of
construction. It rises slowly, day by
day, through the years. Every new les-
son we learn lays a block on the edifice
which is rising silently within us. Every
experience, every touch of another life
on ours, every influence that impresses
us, every book we read, every conversa-
tion we have, every act of our commonest
days adds to the invisible building.
Plenty of good, wholesome play and
The most enviable
of all titles is the char-
acter of an honest
man. — Abraham Lin-
An act of yours is
not simply the thing
you do, but it is also
the way you do it. —
Always say a kind
word if you can, if
only that it may come
in, perhaps, with sin-
entering some mourn-
ful man's darkened
room like a beautiful
firefly, whose happy
convolutions he cannot
but watch, forgetting
his many troubles. —
Not in war, not in
wealth, not in tyranny,
is there any happiness
to be found — only in
kindly peace, fruitful
and free. — Ruskin.
You must help your
follow-men ; but the
only way you can help
them is by being the
noblest and the best
man that it is possible
for you to be. — Phil-
The humblest sub-
scriber to a mechanics'
institute has easier ac-
cess to sound learning
than had either Solo-
mon or Aristotle, yet
both Solomon and Ar-
istotle lived the intel-
lectual life. — Ham-
healthful recreation, every boy needs and
must have if he means to round out a
fine physical and moral development, but
idleness and indifference, evils that creep
into the hours that are given up to some-
thing that is neither work nor play, must
never be tolerated. "The ruin of most
men dates from some vacant hour," says
Hillard. "Occupation is the armor of
the soul ; and the train of Idleness is borne
up by all the vices. I remember a sa-
tirical poem, in which the devil is rep-
resented as fishing for men and adapting
his baits to the taste and temperament of
his prey; but the idler, he said, pleased
him most, because he bit the naked hook.
To a young man away from home,
friendless and forlorn in a great city, the
hours of peril are those between sunset
and bedtime; for the moon and stars see
more of evil in a single hour than the
sun in his whole day's circuit. The
poet's visions of evening are all compact
of tender and soothing images. They
bring the wanderer to his home, the child
to his mother's arms, the ox to his stall,
and the weary laborer to his rest. But
to the gentle-hearted youth who is thrown
upon the rocks of a pitiless city, 'home-
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less amid a thousand homes,' the ap-
proaching evening brings with it an ach-
ing sense of loneliness and desolation,
which comes down upon the spirit like
darkness upon the earth. In this mood
his best impulses become a snare to him;
and he is led astray because he is social,
affectionate, sympathetic, and warm-
hearted. If there be a young man thus
circumstanced within the sound of my
voice, let me say to him, that books are
the friends of the friendless, and that a
library is the home of the homeless. A
taste for reading will always carry you
into the best possible society, and enable
you to converse with men who will in-
struct you by their wisdom, and charm
you with their wit; who will soothe you
when fretted, refresh you when weary,
counsel you when perplexed, and sym-
pathize with you at all times."
Books are the voices of the dumb,
The tongues of brush and pen ;
The ever-living kernels from
The passing husks of men.
It is from good books as well as from
living personages that boys will receive
much of the good advice which they
The man who tries
and succeeds is one
degree less of a hero
than the man who tries
and fails and yet goes
on trying. — Ellen
Oh, do not pray for
easy lives — pray to be
stronger men. Do
not pray for tasks equal
to your powers, — pray
for powers equal to
your tasks. — Phillips
To know how to
grow old is the master-
work of wisdom, and
one of the most diffi-
cult chapters in the
great art of living. —
If instead of a gem
or even a flower, we
could cast the gift of
a lovely thought into
the heart of a friend,
that would be giving
as the angels give. —
What must of ne-
cessity be done you
can always find out,
beyond question, how
to do. — Ruskin.
When I hear people
say that circumstances
are against them, I
always retort: "You
mean that your will is
not with you!" I be-
lieve in the will — I
have faith in it. —
must follow in order that they may make
the most of life. Life is too short for a
boy to investigate everything for himself.
There is much that he must accept as
being true. He has not the time to
follow every road to its end and ascer-
tain if the sign-posts have all told the
truth. Strive as we may we are still de-
pendent for much of our information
upon the hearsay of others. No one per-
son can begin to know everything.
Every thinking boy clearly understands
that he knows much more to-day than
he did a year ago. And he has good
reason for thinking that if he shall re-
main among the living he will know
many things a year from now that he
does not know to-day. To live is to learn.
Hence it is that youth should be modest
in the presence of age, for silver hair and
wisdom are more than likely to dwell
together. No youth should think too
lightly of his own mental endowments
and his fund of information, neither
should he permit his very lack of knowl-
edge to lead him to think that he has
acquired about all the secrets that nature
and the great world have to divulge.
Every boy should be cool-headed, clear-
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headed, long-headed, level-headed, but
not big-headed. Should he become af-
flicted with a serious attack of "enlarge-
ment of the brain" it is more than likely
that when he has reached the years of
soberer manhood he will look back with
a sense of good-humored humiliation to
MY BOYHOOD DREAMS
I remember, I remember
When I was seventeen;
I was the cleverest young man
The world had ever seen.
The universe seemed simple then,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I don't know lots of things
I did know when a boy.
I remember, I remember
This old world seemed so slow;
I'd teach it how to conquer things
When once I got a show!
'T was such a charming fairy tale!
But now 't is sorry play
To find how hard I have to work
To get three meals a day.
1 remember, I remember
The things I planned to do;
I meant to take this poor old earth
And make it over new.
If you do not scale
the mountain, you
cannot view the plain.
There is no substi-
tute for thorough-go-
ing, ardent, sincere
earnestness. — Dick-
To leave undone
those things which we
ought to do, to leave
unspoken the word of
recognition or appre-
ciation that we should
have said, is perhaps
as positive a wrong as
it is to do the the thing
we should not have
done. — Lillian
Those who can take
the lead are given the
lead. — Arthur T.
When a family rises
early in the morning,
conclude the house to
be well governed. —
which results from
duty performed may
bring anxiety and per-
ils, but never failure
and dishonor. — Wil-
It was a most delightful dream ;
But now 't is little cheer
To know the world when I am gone
Won' t know that I was here.
This somewhat overdrawn picture of
human conceit and egotism holds a lesson
for each and all of us. He who knows
it all can learn no more, and he who
can learn no more is likely to die igno-
rant. There are guide-posts all along our
ways which if heeded will direct us to-
ward the very destinations we should
reach. And nothing else is so full of
suggestion and inspiration as is a good
book. In it we can enter the very heart
of a man without being abashed by the
author's august presence.
When quite young, the poet, Cowley,
happened upon a copy of Spenser's
"Faerie Queen", which chanced to be
nearly the only book at hand, and be-
coming interested he read it carefully
and often, until, enchanted thereby, he
irrevocably determined to be a poet.
The effect this same poem had upon
the Earl of Southampton when he first
read it is worth remembering. As soon
as the book was finished Spenser took
it to this noble patron of poets and sent
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it up to him. The earl read a few pages
and said to a servant, "Take the writer
twenty pounds." Still he read on, and
presently he cried in rapture, "Carry
that man twenty pounds more." En-
tranced he continued to read, but pres-
ently he shouted: "Go turn that fellow
out of the house, for if I read further
I shall be ruined!"
Dr. Franklin tells us that the chance
perusal of De Foe's "Essay on Projects"
influenced the principal events and course
of his life. The reading of the "Lives
of the Saints" caused Ignatius Loyola
to form the purpose of creating a new
religious order, — which purpose even-
tuated in the powerful society of the
Dickens's earliest and best literary
work, the "Pickwick Papers," was begun
at the suggestion of a publisher of a
magazine for whom Dickens was doing
some job-work at the time. He was
asked to write a serial story to fit some
comic pictures which chanced to be in
the publisher's possession.
While yet a mere boy Scott chanced
upon a copy of Percy's "Reliques of An-
cient Poetry," which he read and re-read
Laziness travels so
slowly that poverty
soon overtakes him. —
It is faith in some-
thing and enthusiasm
for something that
makes a life worth
looking at. — Oliver
Blessed is he who
has found his work.
From the heart of the
worker rises the celes-
tial force, awakening
him to all nobleness,
to all knowledge. — ■
Nothing that is ex-
cellent can be wrought
suddenly. — Jeremy
Character is cen-
trality, the impossibil-
ity of being displaced
or overset. — Emer-
A good book is the
precious life-blood of
a master spirit em-
balmed and treasured
up on purpose to a
life beyond life. —
with great interest. He purchased a
copy as soon as he could get the neces-
sary sum of money and thus was early
instilled into his soul a taste for poetry
in the writing of which he was destined
to attain such eminence. The transla-
tion of "Gotz von Berlichengen" was
Scott's first literary effort and this work,
Carlyle says, had a very large and last-
ing influence on the great novelist's fu-
ture career. In his opinion this trans-
lation was "the prime cause of 'Mar-
mion' and the 'Lady of the Lake,' with
all that has followed from the same crea-
tive hand. Truly a grain of seed that
had lighted in the right soil. For if not
firmer and fairer, it has grown to be
taller and broader than any other tree;
and all nations of the earth are still
yearly gathering of its fruit."
Thus we see how much there is in
life for those who observe their sur-
roundings, who read the directions on
the guide-posts, who study the guide-
books and who are wise enough to re-
ceive and to utilize the advice and sug-
gestions that are everywhere offered
them, and which their reason tells them
u B OY Wanted "
Are you the boy?
If you have carefully read and di-
gested the foregoing chapters you have a
pretty clear understanding of the sort of
boy the world prefers for a life partner.
You have learned that you must
Ask no favors of "luck," — win your way like a
Be active and earnest and plucky ;
Then your work will come out just about as you plan
And the world will exclaim, "Oh, how lucky!"
In studying the history of the lives of
successful men we are constantly being
impressed with the thought that they
make the most out of their surroundings,
whatever their surroundings may be.
They do not wait for a good chance to
succeed; they take such chances as they
can get and make them good. We very
soon learn that
Resolve to cultivate
a cheerful spirit, a
and a soothing voice.
The sweet smile, the
subdued speech, the
hopeful mind, are
earth's most potent
conquerors, and he
who cultivates them
becomes a very master
among men. — Hub-
They also serve
who only stand and
wait. — Milton.
Two things fill me
with awe : the starry
heavens above, and
the moral sense with-
in. — Kant.
The realities of to-
day surpass the ideals
of yesterday. —
The person who
will never decide on
anything. — Italian.
The ones who shall win are the ones who will toil ;
The future is all in our keeping;
Though fortune may give us the seed and the soil,
We must still do the sowing and reaping.
We learn, also, that one may achieve
a full measure of success without ac-
cumulating much money, and may ac-
cumulate much money without achieving
success. "Mere wealth is no more suc-
cess than fools' gold is real gold," says
one of our wise essayists. "Collaterals
do not take the place of character. A
man obtains thousands or millions of
dollars by legal or illegal thieving, and
society, instead of sending him to prison,
receives him in its parlors. Men bow
low when he passes, as in the fable the
people bowed to the golden idols that
were strapped on the back of a donkey,
who was ass enough to swell with pride
in the thought that all this reverence was
for him. The man who puts his trust in
gold and deposits his heart in the bank,
and thinks money means success, is like
the starving traveler in the desert, who,
seeing a bag in the distance, found in it,
instead of food which he sought, nothing
but gold, and flung it from him in dis-
appointment, and died for want of some-
thing that could save his life. The soul
will starve if gold alone administers to
its needs. Better to be a man than merely
a millionaire. Better to have a head and
heart than merely houses and lands."
It is along such lines of thinking that
I offer these thoughts
ON GETTING RICH
Get riches, my boy ! Grow as rich as you can ;
'T is the laudable aim of each diligent man
Of life's many blessings his share to secure,
Nor go through this world ill-conditioned and poor.
Get riches, my boy ! Ah, but hearken you, mind !
Get riches, but those of the genuine kind.
Get riches, — not dollars and acres unless
You thoughtfully use them to brighten and bless.
Get riches, not such as with money are bought,
But those that with love and high thinking are
Get rubies of righteousness, jewels of grace,
Whose brightness Time's passing shall never efface.
Get riches! Do not, as the foolish will do,
In getting your money let money get you
To steal life's high purpose from heart and from head
And prison the soul in a pocket instead.
Get riches ! Get gold that is pure and refined ;
Get light from above ; get the love of mankind ;
Get gladness through all of life's journey; and then
Get heaven, forever and ever. Amen.
Nobody can carry
three watermelons un-
der one arm. — Span-
When men speak
ill of thee, live so that
nobody will believe
them. — Plato.
The great high-road
of human welfare lies
along the old highway
of steadfast well-being
and well-doing, and
they who are the most
persistent, and work in
the truest spirit, will
invariably be the most
successful ; success
treads on the heels of
every right effort. —
He overcomes a
stout enemy who over-
comes his own anger.
Stones and sticks
are flung only at fruit-
bearing trees. — Per-
Let every man be
occupied, and occu-
pied in the highest
employment of which
his nature is capable,
and die with the con-
sciousness that he has
done his best. — Syd-
The wide-awake boy will see the ad-
vantage of carrying in his thought these
words of Lavater: "He who sedulously
attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks,
coolly answers, and ceases when he has
no more to say is in possession of some of
the best requisites of man."
The man of words and not of thoughts
Is like a great long row of naughts.
"There is a gift beyond the reach of
art, of being eloquently silent," says
Bovee, and Caroline Fox tells us that
"the silence which precedes words is so
much grander than the grandest words
because in it are created those thoughts
of which words are the mere outward
clothing." To speak to no purpose is as
idle as the clanging of tinkling cymbals.
A thoughtful man will never set
His tongue a-going and forget
To stop it when his brain has quit
A-thinking thoughts to offer it.
"If thou thinkest twice before thou
speakest once," says Penn, "thou wilt
speak twice the better for it."
It is this matter of thinking, of con-
sidering, of weighing one's words and
deeds that compels the moments, the
days and the years to bring the success
that some mistakenly think is only a mat-
ter of chance.
It is this habit of careful thinking that
is going to make you remember that you
owe it not only to yourself to make your
life the truest success you can, but you
owe it to your family, your friends, your
enemies — if such you have — to the whole
world with which you are in partnership,
and to the stars above you.
But above all others there is one who,
either in spirit or in her living presence,
must ever and always be near to you, and
for whose sake you will — God helping
you! — stand up in your boots and be a
THE MOTHER'S DREAM
Boy, your mother's dreaming; there's a picture
pure and bright
That gladdens all her gracious tasks at morning,
noon and night;
A picture where is blended all the beauty born of
A view that takes the whole of life within its loving
It :: 8n un contro-
verted truth that no
man ever made an ill
figure who understood
his own talents, nor a
good one who mistook
them. — Swift.
The great successes
of the world have been
affairs of a second, a
third, nay, a fiftieth
trial. — John Morley.
Be what nature in-
tended you for, and
you will succeed ; be
anything else, and you
will be ten thousand
times worse than noth-
ing. — Sydney Smith.
Choose always the
way that seems the
best, however rough
it may be. — Pythag-
not in blindly over-
looking danger, but in
meeting it with the
eyes open. — Jean
She 's dreaming, fondly dreaming, of the happy
Her boy shall stand the equal of his grandest fellow
Her boy, whose heart with goodness she has labored
Shall be, in her declining years, her lover proud and
She 's growing old ; her cheeks have lost the blush
and bloom of spring,
But oh ! her heart is proud because her son shall be
Shall be a king of noble deeds, with goodness
crowned, and own
The hearts of all his fellow men, and she shall share
Boy, your mother 's dreaming ; there 's a picture
pure and bright
That gladdens all her gracious tasks at morning,
noon and night;
A view that takes the whole of life within its loving
O Boy, beware! you must not mar that mother's
dream and hope.
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