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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 ...
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