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steep himself in denser ignorance, he may play the hero or prove a coward, become saint or
devil. On him it depends whether or not he shall know the right moment, receive the
heavenly messenger, and be made glad and strong by the fair countenance of truth.
" This could but have happened once, And we missed it, lost it forever."
A noble character produces no impression on a vulgar mind. The pure and innocent awaken
coarse thoughts in sensual natures. No place is so sacred, no being so holy as not to be
perverted to base uses by base men. The man himself is the best part of the
The starlit heaven is not sublime when there is no soul capable of awe; the spring is not
fair where there is no glad heart to see and feel. Opportunity is living correspondence
with one's environment. Where there is no correspondence there is no opportunity. For ages
the exhaustless resources of America lay unknown and unutilized, because the right kind of
man was not here. The Kimberly diamonds were but worthless pebbles, the playthings of the
local children, until it chanced that they fell under the eye of one who knew how to
All nature is crammed with precious, nay, divine things, for those who can see.
Innumerable men and women had seen the kettle boil, but it occurred to only one that the
force which lifted the lid might be confined and made to do human service. The man finds
or makes his opportunities, and in turn they help to make him. The multitude will not lay
hold on opportunity unless it be thrust upon them; and even then they are listless and
unresolved; and therefore are they condemned to remain inferior.
The few who rise above the crowd are ever alert to discover how they may improve
themselves, and become helpers and leaders.
We are born to grow-this is the word which religion, philosophy, literature and art
ceaselessly utter; and we can grow only by keeping ourselves in vital communion with the
world within and without us. Use or lose is Nature's law; also, use and improve. If a
little money is taken from us we make ourselves miserable, and all the while we