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My Object in Life (Volume 1) (Paperback) Loot Price: R284 Discovery Miles 2 840
My Object in Life (Volume 1) (Paperback): Frederic William Farrar
My Object in Life (Volume 1) (Paperback): Frederic William Farrar

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My Object in Life (Volume 1) (Paperback)

Frederic William Farrar

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI. SUCCESS AND FAILURE. Here my subject might end, but there are some further considerations by which the truths here inculcated may, I think, be rendered yet more cogent. Take, for instance, the question of success and failure. It is a question which absorbingly occupies the minds of men. When the world says of any one that "he is a successful man," it seems to be assumed that he must be a subject of envy, and the term is only applied to those who have gained wealth, or rank, or fame. It is then of supreme importance to us, if we would understand the true object of life, that we should "get behind this word success;" that we should estimate earthly success at its true value; that we should see that success unworthily or unwisely purchased is the supremest of failures. Millions toil anxiously for wealth; but is it not an uncertain and questionable boon? Is that thick clay worth the soiling stain which must be often incurred in its acquisition? Is there a soul above the meanest to which it can give real happiness? Does not the old fable of Midas, turning all he touched to gold, and starving in the midst of it, involve a true warning? Is it not true that he who longs to be rich is like one who drinks sea-water; the more he drinks the thirstier he grows, and he never leaves off drinking till he dies? Does not the Book in which we profess to believe pour silent contempt on gold? Thousands toil for fame, but fame usually means also "half disfame." It means hatred, it means envy, it means criticism, it often means the impossibility of privacy and rest. "Indeed, my Lord," wrote Edmund Burke, "I doubt whether, in these hard times, I would give a peck of refuse wheat for all that is called fame in the world." The sole value of fame is use. "Sweet," says ...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Frederic William Farrar
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 1mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 20
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-43933-5
Barcode: 9781154439335
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-43933-X

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