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HENRY CLAY TRUMBULL. Progress depends upon what we are, rather than upon what we may encounter. One man is stopped by a sapling lying across the road; another, passing that way, picks up the hinderance and converts it into a help in crossing the brook just ahead. We are too apt to think that our progress in a given case will depend solely upon the obstacles we may run against. It is more likely to depend upon what runs against the obstacles.

W. BOURKE COCHRAN. There is but one straight road to success, and that is merit. The man who is successful is the man who is useful. Capacity never lacks opportunity. It cannot remain undiscovered, because it is sought by too many anxious to utilize it. A capable man on earth is more valuable than any precious deposit under the earth, and the object of a much more vigilant search.

HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE. The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.

NEWELL DWIGHT HILLIS. God educates men by casting

them upon their own resources. Man learns to

swim by being tossed into life's maelstrom and left to make his way ashore. No youth can learn to sail his life-craft in a lake sequestered and sheltered from all storms, where other vessels never come. Skill comes through sailing one's craft amidst rocks and bars and opposing fleets, amidst storms and whirls and counter-currents. Responsibility alone drives man to toil and brings out his best gifts.


True success is the educating and adapting of one's mind and soul in such a manner that he may be able to enjoy life and appreciate its highest conceptions, that he may partake of the sweetness of nature, and in his daily walks and labors be able to teach and enlighten the minds of others, thus making life a pleasure to his fellow-man as well as to himself. GEORGE G. WILLIAMS. If I could command the speech of twenty nations I would preach politeness in them all. It is the Aladdin's lamp of success. I do not speak idly in praise of politeness, for out of the experience of fifty-six years in the banking business it has been borne in upon me almost daily that courtesy is one of the prime factors in the building up of every career. It is the hallmark of the Christian gentleman and of the keen man of affairs.

GOETHE. There is a daily attention to the slight courtesies of life which alone can preserve the freshness of passion. The easy surprises of

pleasure, earnest cheerfulness of assent to the slightest wishes, the habitual respect to opinions, the polite abstinence from personal topics in the company of others, unwavering attention to his or her comfort, both abroad and at home, and, above all, the careful preservation of those proprieties of conversation and manner which are sacred before the world-these are some of the secrets of that rare happiness which age and habit alike fail to impair or diminish.

LORD LYTTON. The man who succeeds above his fellows 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 purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius. JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE. But success does not come

merely from constitutional force; if it did, the savage would not retire before the civilized man. Culture adds a new force to nature. The early white settlers of Kentucky soon became more than a match for the Indians in everything in which the Indian excelled. They learned to know the forest signs as well as the Indians, or even better; they became better marksmen, quicker in their perceptions, more rapid in their actions, and in a hand-to-hand struggle they could master the Indian. Education in the white man has added a force to nature.

Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don't take too much advice-keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.-NOAH PORTER.

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