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Success A Duty

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I hold it to be a prime obligation resting on every man, to succeed, up to tlie f ullest measures of that suecess wliich is probably to him in life. Suecess is notonly pleasant ; it is a duty. Look at a man along whatever range of faculties, and you will see in the perfect equipment o capacity, in the presence of every en ergy, the obligation to succeed. In the wings of a bird yon see the maker has suggested ilight ; in the build of a dog and a horse, speed ; in the ox, strength And so through all the grades of life God, in the origanization, in the capac ities bestowed, has pointed out the mode and results of life. But in man tliis is more observable. ET7ÖK at yourself, my friend, your faculties, in your endowments by nature, and see the liberal, I had almost said, nay, 1 will say, in the superabundan resources of organization, yea the command of your Maker. All the elements anc means necessary to suecess in any branch of wortïiy industry, in any line of noble ambition, are in you. A young man has no right to fail in life It may not be his duty to sueceed in the direction and to the extent that his ambition may suggest ; f or ignorance may misdirect. and vanity exaggerate ; but it is his duty to succeed in the direction and to that extent, in which his natural capacities point and make possible. Society is f uil of failures that never should have been made; f uil of men who have never succeeded when they might and should have succeeded ; f uil of woman, who in the flrst half of their days, did nothing but eat, drink and simper, and in the last half have done nothing but repent their l'ollies and weakness. The world is full, I say, of suchpeople; f uil of men in every trade or profession who do not amount to anything and of girls and women without any trade or profession who do not amount to anything; and I do not speak irreverently, and i -rust not without charity, without naking due allowance for the inevitale in life, when I say that God and thoughtful men are weary of their prcsence. Every boy ought to improve on his father ; every girl grow into a nobler, gentier, more self-denying womanhood than the mother. No reproduction of former types will give the world the perfect type. I know not where the millenium is, as measured y distance of time; But I do know, ind so do you all, that it is a great way fï as measured by human growth and expansión. We have no suchmen and vomen yet ; no age has ever had any, as shall stand on earth in that great ige of peace that will not come until nen ure worthy of it. -


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