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When the other firms show dizziness,
Here's a house that does not share it.
Join the firm of Grin and Barrett?
And your nerve that does not falter,
Than the old rock of Gibraltar.
Why not join the firm and share it?
Grin and Barrett,
Who can scare it?
Sam Walter Foss.
Napoleon is reported to have complained of the English that they didn't have sense enough to know when they were beaten. Even if defeat is unmistakable, it need not be final. A battle may be lost, but the campaign won; a campaign lost, but the war won.
Doom me to unending pain;
Break my heart and then-again.
Fill my heart with ruthless fear;
With a bitter, blinding tear.
Seek to make me cringe and moan,
Jean Nette. Permission of "The New York Call."
One of the most often-heard of sentences is "I don't know what I'm to do in the world." Yet very few people are ever for a moment out of something to do, especially if they do not insist on climbing to the top of the pole and waving the flag, but are willing to steady the pole while somebody else climbs.
cannot on the ocean
Sail among the swiftest fleet,
Laughing at the storms you meet;
Anchored yet within the bay,
As they launch their boats away.
If you are too weak to journey
Up the mountain, steep and high,
While the multitudes go by;
As they slowly pass along-
They will not forget the song.
If you cannot in the harvest
Garner up the richest sheaves,
Oft the careless reaper leaves;
Growing rank against the wall,
Hides the heaviest grain of all,
If you cannot in the conflict
Prove yourself a soldier true;
There's no work for you to do;
When the battle field is silent,
You can go with careful tread;
You can cover up the dead.
Do not then stand idly waiting
For some greater work to do;
She will never come to you;
Do not fear to do and dare.
Ellen M. H. Gates.
To fail is not a disgrace; the disgrace lies in not trying. In his old age Sir Walter Scott found that a publishing firm he was connected with was heavily in debt. He refused to take advantage of the bankruptcy law, and sat down with his pen to make good the deficit. Though he wore out his life in the struggle and did not live to see the debt entirely liquidated, he died an honored and honorable man.
CALL no fight a losing fight
Miriam Teichner. Permission of Miriam Teichner.
TIMES GO BY TURNS
One of the greatest blessings in life is alteration. The ins become outs, the outs ins; the ups become downs, the downs ups; and so on-and it is better so. We must not get too highly elated at success, for life is not all success. We must not grow too downcast from failure, for life is not all failure.
Most naked plants renew both fruit and flower ; The sorriest wight may find release of pain,
The driest soil suck in some moistening shower; Time goes by turns, and chances change by course,
From foul to fair, from better hap to worse.
The sea of Fortune doth not ever flow;
She draws her favors to the lowest ebb; Her tides have equal times to come and go;
Her loom doth weave the fine and coarsest web; No joy so great but runneth to an end,
No hap so hard but may in fine amend.
Not always fall of leaf, nor ever Spring;
Not endless night, yet not eternal day; The saddest birds a season find to sing;
The roughest storm a calm may soon allay. Thus, with succeeding turns God tempereth all,
That man may hope to rise, yet fear to fall.
A chance may win that by mischance was lost;
That net that holds no great takes little fish; In some things all, in all things none are crost;
Few all they need, but none have all they wish. Unmingled joys here to no man befall;
Who least, hath some; who most, hath never all.