Inspiration – Victory

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To fail is not disgrace; the disgrace lies not in 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 … Read More

Inspiration – When God* Wants a Man

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Only melting and hammering can shape and temper steel for fine use.  Only struggle and suffering can give a man the qualities that enable him to render large service to humanity. When God wants to drill a man And thrill a man, And skill a man, When God wants to mould a man To play the noblest part; When He … Read More

Inspiration – See It Through

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An American Traveler in Italy stood watching a lumberman who, as the logs floated down a swift mountain stream, jabbed his hook in an occasional one and drew it carefully aside. “Why do you pick out those few?” the traveler asked. “They all look alike.” “But they are not alike, seignior. The logs I let pass have grown on the … Read More

Inspiration – Be the Best of Whatever You Are

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We all dream of great deeds and high positions, away from the pettiness and humdrum of ordinary life.  Yet success is not occupying a lofty place or doing conspicuous work.  Rattling around in too big a job is much worse than filling a small one to overflowing.  Dream, aspire by all means; but do not ruin the life you must … Read More

Inspiration – It Couldn’t Be Done

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It Couldn’t Be Done Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hit it. He started to sing as he tackled … Read More

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