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"I lack only one of having a hundred," said a student after an examination; "I have the two naughts.” And all he did lack was a one, rightly placed. The world is full of opportunities. Disdernment to perceive, courage to undertake, patience to carry through, will change the whole aspect of the universe for us and bring positive achievement out of meaningless negation.
TITH doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there's no chance for you, son?
The best race hasn't been run,
The best song hasn't been sung,
Cheer up, for the world is young!
No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create
Its needs are incessant and great,
More laughter and love and romance,
No chance—why there's nothing but chance!
For the best verse hasn't been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn't been planned,
The mightiest rivers aren't spanned,
The chances have just begun,
Said an Irishman who had several times been kicked down. stairs: “I begin to think they don't want me around here.” So it is with our sorrows, our struggles. Life decrees that they belong to us individually. If we try to make others share them, we are shunned. But struggling and weary humanity is glad enough to share our joys.
Weep, and you weep alone;
Must borrow its mirth,
Sing, and the hills will answer ;
The echoes bound
To a joyful sound,
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
They want full measure
Of all your pleasure,
Be glad, and your friends are many;
There are none to decline
Your nectared wine,
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Succeed and give,
And it helps you live,
There is room in the halls of pleasure
But one by one
We must all file on
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
" "An artist's career,” said Whistler, "always begins to-morrow. So does the career of any man of courage and imagination. The Eden of such a man does not lie in yesterday. If he has done well, he forgets his achievements and dreams of the big deeds ahead. If he has been thw he forgets his failures and looks forward to vast, sure successes.
If fate itself opposes him, he defies it. Farragut's fleet was forcing an entrance into Mobile Bay. One of the vessels struck something, a terrific explosion followed, the vessel went down. "Torpedoes, sir.” They scanned the face of the commander-in-chief. But Farragut did not hesitate. “Damn the torpedoes," said he. “Go ahead.”
To the will I have added the deed;
I have prayed, but the gods would not heed.
I have dared and reached only disaster,
I have battled and broken my lance;
That the weak and the timid call Chance.
I am old, I am bent, I am cheated
Of all that Youth urged me to win;
S. E. Kiser.
When Captain John Smith was made the leader of the colonists it Jamestown, Va., he discouraged the get-rich-quick seekers of gold by announcing flatly, “He who will
not work shall not eat.” This rule made of Jamestown the first permanent English settle. ment in the New World. But work does more than lead to material success. It gives an outlet from sorrow, restrains wild desires, ripens and refines character, enables human beings to cooperaté with God, and when well done, brings to life its consummate satisfaction. Every man is a Prince of Possibilities, but by work alone can he come into his Kingship.
Thank God for the might of it,
Work, the Power that drives behind,
Angela Morgan from “The Hour Has Struck," The John Lane Co