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A Dreamer In Action
A Dreamer In Action. There Is Nothing So Striking As A Dreamer In Action. Once, Traveling In The West, I Met A Mine Boss. But I Had Talked With Him For Two Hours Or More Before I Learned His Business. He Was 'cultured, Scholarly, Well-informed And Interested In All The ...

Ability_p1
Ability. Natural Abilities Are Like Natural Plants, They Need Pruning By Study. Ability Is The Skill And Aptness With Which We Do Things. In Order That A Man May Come To Possess Ability He Must Turn Mind And Hand To Some Form Of Activity. He Must Perform The Required Act ...

Ability_p2
In Brief, The Injustice Of The Existing Social Condition Became His Personal Care. It Ab Sorbed His Attention. Carl Continued In This Position Two Years. He Had Been With The Company Six Years In All. During The First Four Years He Had Distin Guished Himself By Industry And By Constantly ...

At A Forge
At A Forge. "seek And Ye Shall Find." What Impels A Man Toward Achievement? Certainly Not Always Money, For Many Men Have Achieved Much And Refused Money; Cer Tainly Not Fame, For Many Men Have Labored Successfully To A Great Purpose So Quietly That No One Heard Of Them While ...

At A Kiln
At A Kiln. L'espoir Est Ma Force. What Opportunity Has A Poor Man? In These Days Such A Multitude Of Opportu Nities Await Him That Their Very Presence Blinds The Vision. But It Was Different In The Year 1511, And Yet Not So Very Different. In That Year There Was ...

Building A Fortune_p1
Building A Fortune. You, Who Men's Fortunes In Their Faces Read. As A Man At Work For A Living May Aim To Secure Money, Or More Abundant Life, Or Both, So In Fortune Building One May Erect A Memo Rial Either To Mammon Regnant In The World About Him, Or ...

Building A Fortune_p2
Mary Lyon's Earnings Were Small, As We Have Seen, But Her Habits Were Simple. She Cared For Her Resources So Well That When The Seminary Was Opened She Donated To It One Thousand Two Hundred Dollars She Had Saved. At Her Death She Left To A Missionary Society Over Two ...

Citizenship_p1
Citizenship. The Ideal Citizen Is The Man Who Believes That All Men Are Brothers ; That The Nation Is Merely An Of His Family. A Writer, In A Recent Issue Of A Magazine, Answering The Question : Does An Education Pay? Puts His Reply In This Forceful Manner: "does It ...

Citizenship_p2
The Presence Of Various Political Parties Re Duces Itself To The Fact That Men Approach The Same Questions And Conditions From Various Viewpoints And That They Attempt To Interpret Them From The Point Of View Most Natural To Them As Thinking Men. The Tax Is Every Man's Contribution To The ...

Environment
Environment. We Have Spoken In The Preceding Chapter About The Attraction Of Things In The World About Us. They Undeniably Exercise A Fascina Tion, So Subtle, Indeed, That Many A Man Has Spent All His Life Playing With Them As A Baby Plays With Its Toys. The Young Man Or ...

Freedom
Freedom. The Main Enterprise Of The World Is The Upbuilding Of A Man. When The Firemen Are Called To Put Out A Conflagration, They Depend On The Water Flow Ing Through The Hose. When The Tongue Is Tied A Man Cannot Speak ; When The Hands Are Tied He Cannot ...

Getting A Living_p1
Getting A Living. The Worth Of A State In The Long Run, Is The Worth Of The Inhabitants Composing It. Much Has Been Written Of The Genuine Sat Isfaction There Is To Be Found In The Simple Life, Of The Blessings Of Little, And Of The Heavy Burden Of Great ...

Getting A Living_p2
Getting A Living Is, Consequently, Only One Term Of An Equation. The Other, Is The Man's Conception Of Himself. It May Be That He Lit Erally Sells The Strength Of His Body For Two Dollars Per Day, Not Realizing That The Strength Of His Body Is But The Smallest Part ...

Happiness
Happiness. For There's Happiness As Well As Care. The Word Happiness Came From The Root Hap, Which Means "that Which Happens, Or Comes Suddenly, Or Unexpectedly." Thus Again The Fact Is Brought Before Us That The Pictures In Words, As Revealed By Their Root-meaning, Are Always More Sharply De Fined ...

In A Laboratory_p1
In A Laboratory. Is There One Whom Difficulties Dishearten—who Bends To The Storm? He Will Do Little. Is There One Who Will Conquer? That Kind Of Man Never Fails. The Roman Actor Wore A Mask (persona). When An Actor Was Hissed By The Audience He Was Obliged To Take Off ...

In A Laboratory_p2
After A Few Years He Informed His Master That He Had Succeeded. The Apothecary And His Friends Went Into The Laboratory And Watched The Apprentice. The Young Man Dropped A Piece Of Copper Into The Crucible, And, With A Few Dexterous Motions, Added To The Mixing And The Boiling, Took ...

In A Stone Quarry
In A Stone Quarry. The Stones Clear As Stars In Frosty Night. It Does Not Matter Whether A Man Carves A Statue, Or Labors In A Cornfield, Or Crouches In A Stone Quarry; If He Acts The Part Of A Thinker He Will Change Everything Around Him. Better Still, He ...

Mind And Body_p1
Mind And Body. Countless Acres Of Land In America Have Been Transformed From A Barren Waste To A Paradise Of Fertility. The Distant Mountains, Snow Covered, Have Long Sent Little Streams Of Water Trickling Down Their Furrowed Sides. An Observing Mind Puts One And One Together And Makes Millions, Sim ...

Mind And Body_p2
The Men, Women And Children Wear Strange Costumes ; The Shop Windows Are Full Of Odd Things From The Orient. The Sight Of It All Makes Us Think We Are In A Foreign Country, Even Though We Know We Are In America. And Yet We Are In A Country Of ...

Mind And Body_p3
Hence A Man Must Say To Himself : "i Am Not A Body, I Have A Body." If He Insists On This Point Of View He Will, In Time, Learn To Make The Body As Well As The Mind, Obey Him. When He Knows That The Mind Is His Own ...

Odd Moments_p1
Odd Moments. Idleness Is The Greatest Prodigality In The I Once Met A Man Who Had Made An Inter Esting And Practical Study Of Sleepless Nights. Incidentally, He Pointed Out That Anyone Intent Upon Many Lines Of Activity Is Also Fortified Against The Necessity Of Killing Time. Here Is His ...

Odd Moments_p2
"oh, This Isn't A Horse," Said The Middle Aged One ; "this Is A Hobby. If It Were A Horse, I Could Get Off." Whether A Man's Work Be Of Brawn Or Brain, He Has His Limit Of Endurance. His Work Demands Regularity, And His Limit Of Endur Ance Demands ...

Perseverance_p1
Perseverance. Any Man Can Do What Any Other Man Has Done. A Man Who Has Become Free To Work Through His Ability Without Loss Of Energy, Has A Further Duty Laid Upon Him; He Must Work Persistently. He Must Persevere—the Meaning Of Which Is To Go Forward Through Severity. Now, ...

Perseverance_p2
Kant, The Distinguished German Philoso Pher, Called Him The "prometheus Of Modern Times." When The Announcement Of His Death Reached Paris, Mirabeau Declared Before The National Assembly That Franklin Possessed The Genius "that Freed America And Poured A Flood Of Light Over Europe." No Man Can Foresee To What The ...

The Art Of Reading_p1
The Art Of Reading. Meantime, The Colleges, Whilst They Provide Us With Libraries, Furnish No Professor Of Books; And I Think No Chair Is So Much Wanted. The Literature Of A Language Is The Record Of "the Best That Has Been Thought And Felt" By Its People. It Is Essential ...

The Art Of Reading_p2
We Must Get At Its Exact Meaning, And Try To Understand Why The Author Uses It. A Good Author Uses A Word In A Certain Place Because No Other Word Will Do In That Place. Poets Do Not Throw In A Few Words Just To Fill Out The Line. The ...

The Basis Of Success_p1
The Basis Of Success In Business. There Is No Action Of Man In This Life, Which Is Not The Beginning Of So Long A Chain Of Consequences, As That No Human Providence Is High Enough To Give Us A Prospect To The End. Comparatively Few Men Or Women Realize The ...

The Basis Of Success_p2
Consequently, She Aims To Perfect Her Art Forever And Ever—at The Same Time Keeping Herself, By The Strictest Regimen, Physically Fit To Perform A Highly Exacting Task. So You See That The Secret Of Her Power To Thrill An Audience Is Not Only Musical Talent. It Is The Constant Habit ...

The Best Books_p1
The Best Books. Infinite Riches In A Little Room. "some Books," Said Mr. Ruskin, "are For The Hour. Some Books Are For All Time." The True And Right Reading Of A Good Book Is As Distinct And Particular A Process As The Writ Ing Of It. A Good Book, Being ...

The Best Books_p2
It Is Also Discovered That Everyone Must Do What These Men Have Done—make His List For Himself. But He Must Take Care To Make It As They Made Theirs—after Years Of Searching, Browsing, Trying Out, Accepting And Rejecting. These Lists Of Books Are Suggestive. They Help Us To Come To ...

The Conduct Of Life
The Conduct Of Life. Speak To The Earth And It Shall Teach Thee. The Proper Conduct Of Life Is Every Man's Right, And Possibility. But The Duty And Re Sponsibility Of It Are Left To Him. If Some Hid Den Force Were Constantly Active Within Us, Un Failingly Impelling Us ...

The Essential Education_p1
The Essential Education. We Should Then Realize The Sacred Trusts Of Health, Strength And Time. Education Is The Result Of That Process Which Liberates The Power Within Us. With This Power We Work In Our Environment, And To The Degree That We Conquer Environment Itself, We Suc Ceed; For No ...

The Essential Education_p2
Education, Then, Is Not Complete When School Days Are Past. The Lessons Are Not Ended, And The Youth Is Not Free. As A Matter Of Fact, The Greatest Book In The World Is About To Be Opened To Him—the Book Of Life. The Severest Lesson Is Just Before Him; How ...

The Golden Key_p1
The Golden Key. Bind Together Your Spare Hours By The Cord Of Some Definite Purpose And You Know Not How Much You May Accomplish. A Man Is Commonly Either Made Or Marred For Life By The Use He Makes Of His Leisure Time. The Other Man, Though I Did Not ...

The Golden Key_p2
But Does Not The Variety Of Interests You Have Interfere With Your Business? My Dear Sir, I Want To Assure You That I Have Heard That Query Before. But Let Me Tell You : A Man Tends To Business With His Mind, Do You Understand ?—with His Mind Now, Whatever ...

The Message Of Art
The Message Of Art. So Vast Is Art, So Narrow Human Wit. There Was Once A Man Who Used To Talk To His Hands. Sometimes He Advised Them. Sometimes He Questioned Them. When He Advised Them He Said: "be Gentle And Be Skillful." When He Questioned Them, He Asked : ...

The Message Of The_p1
The Message Of The Humble. I Bid The Skilful Poet Find His Models In Actual Life. The Message Of Art Is Likewise The Message Of The Humble. Like The Poet And The Artist, The Workingman Is A True Maker Of Things, A Creator In The Environment. They Differ Not In ...

The Message Of The_p2
When He Lays Hold Upon An Activity That Men Call Business, He Will Select An Order Of Work That Permits Him To Express Himself Fully. He Will Realize That Every Thought And Act Are A Perpetual Record. Seen Or Unseen, Each One Leaves Its Mark Upon The Soul And Repeats ...

The Reading Hour_p1
The Reading Hour. He That Loveth A Book Will Never Want A Faithful Friend, A Wholesome Counsellor, A Cheerful An Effectual Comforter. It Has Been Pointed Out By A Sane And Lucid Writer That A Twenty-four Hour Day Is A Unit Of Time Of Infinitely Greater Value, And, It May ...

The Reading Hour_p2
This Particular List Of Classics, And The List Of Forty-three Works In English May Be Entirely Useless To Any One Save Matthew Arnold. The Point Does Not Lie In The Books He Selected. It Lies In The Fact That, Being A Busy Man, He Still Could Find Spare Moments For ...

The Revival Of Learning_p1
The Revival Of Learning. A Man Is His Own Best Kingdom. After The Dark Ages Chaucer Sang Of The English Daisy, And Petrarch Climbed A Moun Tain To Enjoy The Beauty Of The View, Being, It Is Said, The First Man In Europe To Do So. It Was Not A ...

The Revival Of Learning_p2
This Is The One True And Reliable Gospel Of The Simple Life. There Must First Be Medita Tion, And Then Follows The Act Of Creation. And It Spells Activity. Thus A Man Will Discover That Pleasure Is Found Not In Having Done, But In Doing. Rest (when The Evening And ...

The School Of Life
The School Of Life. In Every Work That He Began He Did It With All His Heart, And Prospered. School Is The Beginning Of Life And Life Is The Greatest School In The World. The Process Of Education Begins With A Child's First Crying Gasp At The Atmosphere Into Which ...

The Value Of A
The Value Of A Man's Time. Time Travels In Divers Paces With Divers Persons. This Is What The Manager Said To The Men: If A Man Works Eight Hours For Two Dollars, His Time Has A Market Value—that Is, A Value In The Market Where He Disposes Of It—of Twenty ...

Types Of Dreamers_p1
Types Of Dreamers. Let Others Wrangle, I Will Wonder. When We Have Rid The Mind Of Belief In Things That Are Not True, We Have Discovered The Way Leading To Freedom. Or, Said Another Way, No One Can Use All The Mental And Spiritual Strength That Is His Portion If ...

Types Of Dreamers_p2
This Would Readily Be Called Success. Every One Likes To Know How Another Man Wins Success. Well, Here Is The Way The Minister Did It : T. He Studied That Farm Until He Knew Every Foot Of It. 2. He Fertilized It, And Made It Yield The Largest Return Possible. ...

What Is Culture_p1
What Is Culture ? The List Of All The Items Of The General Life Of A People Reflects That Whole Which We Call Its Culture. If The Above Quotation May Properly Be Ap Plied To A Nation As A Whole, It May, With Equal Propriety, Be Applied To A Family, ...

What Is Culture_p2
These Are Instances Of The True Order Of Cul Ture. They Illustrate The Spirit Active In The Desire To Understand What The World Most Prizes, And Equally They Illustrate The Mind And Body 'willingly Laboring To Permit The Spirit To Possess The Better Things Of Life That It Craves. But ...

What Money Means_p1
What Money Means. The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Kinds Of Evil. Money Answereth All Things. In A Discussion Of The Factors Of Success, Comparatively Few Human Beings Would Fail To Insist That The One Thing Above All Others In Desirability And Importance, Is Money. We Give ...

What Money Means_p2
If He Finds That He Is Living Beyond His In Come Or Even With It, His Duty Is To Begin Again And Re-apportion His Expenses So As To Leave A Margin, For The Future Is Only Secure When A Margin Exists. It May Be Ever So Small, But It Positively ...

Work And Efficiency_p1
Work And Efficiency. The Gods For Labor Give Us All Good Things. Not Long Ago Considerable Excitement Was Created By The Report That Dr. William Osler Had Declared A Man Of Forty To Be Old, And One Of Sixty Fit Only To Be Chloroformed. The Probability Is That He Never ...

Work And Efficiency_p2
At Twenty-three This Boy Returned Home. He Sought Work That Would Allow Him To Live With His Parents, That He Might Give Them His Per Sonal Care. He Then Discovered That Neither The Sea Nor Strange Lands And People Train A Map To Work Ashore. So He Began At The ...

Youth And Opportunity_p1
Youth And Opportunity. What Shall I See, If Ever I Go Over The Mountains High? Now I Can See But Their Peaks Of Snow, Crowning The Cliffs, Where The Pine Trees Grow; Waiting And Watching To Rise, Nearer And Nearer The Skies. When Alexander Pope Wrote The Line, "hope Springs ...

Youth And Opportunity_p2
Exactly The Same Statement Is True About Life. It Is Impossible To Unscramble Life. Hence, With Life Before Us, We Must Be Reasonably Sure Of The Use We Wish To Make Of It Before We Break The Shell, And We Must Not Wait Too Long; Nor Must We Expect To ...