Plain Living and High Thinking: A New Year Homily

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Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1897 - 61 pages
 

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Page 46 - His hair is crisp, and black, and long, His face is like the tan; His brow is wet with honest sweat, He earns whate'er he can, And looks the whole world in the face, For he owes not any man.
Page 30 - ... an insight which should search out the life of a man in his pecuniary relations would penetrate into almost every cranny of his nature. He who knows, like St. Paul, both how to spare and how to abound, has a great knowledge : for if we take account of all the virtues with which money is mixed up, — honesty, justice, generosity, charity, frugality, forethought, self-sacrifice,— and of their correlative vices, — it is a knowledge which goes near to cover the length and breadth of humanity...
Page 28 - I CANNOT call riches better than the baggage of virtue ; the Roman word is better, " impedimenta ;" for as the baggage is to an army, so is riches to virtue ; it cannot be spared nor left behind, but it hindereth the march ; yea, and the care of it sometimes loseth or diaturbeth the victory; of great riches there is no real use,, except it be in the distribution ; the rest is but conceit ; so saith Solomon, " Where much is, there are many to consume it; and what hath the owner but the sight of it...
Page 46 - Och! it hardens a' within, And petrifies the feeling! To catch dame Fortune's golden smile, Assiduous wait upon her; And gather gear by ev'ry wile That's justified by honour; Not for to hide it in a hedge, Nor for a train attendant; But for the glorious privilege Of being independent. The fear o...
Page 54 - Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
Page 29 - To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.
Page 31 - But this is excellently expressed, that it is in imagination, and not always in fact. For certainly great riches have sold more men than they have bought out. Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.
Page 17 - ... subject of money. Unsentimental, unheroic, some will say unchristian, as it may sound, our right or wrong use of money is the utmost test of character, as well as the root of happiness or misery, throughout our whole lives. And this secret lies not so much with men as with us women. Instead of striving to make ourselves their rivals, would it not be wiser to educate ourselves into being their helpmates, not merely as wives, but as daughters, sisters, every relation in which a capable woman can...
Page 47 - But, och! it hardens a' within, And petrifies the feeling. To catch dame Fortune's golden smile, Assiduous wait upon her ; And gather gear by every wile That's justified by honour ; . Not for to hide it in a hedge, Not for a train- attendant ; But for the glorious privilege Of being independent.
Page 26 - Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.

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