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1910. Excerpt: ... patience is exhausted. II "Tell me, John, is it
not true that patience, about which you preach, may sometimes cease
to be a virtue?" "No," said John, "that is an unwise saying,
invented and used as an excuse for impatience." Ill "But," cried
his neighbor, "shall I give to my ungrateful son until I beggar
myself?" And John answered: "Foolish giving is not evidence of
patience. Giving may cease to be a virtue, but patience never can.
Giving may be so unwise and unkind as to injure those to whom you
give. Have you not seen the fledgling forced by the mother bird
from its nest? Was it lack of patience or wisdom that gave the
young its lesson in flying? How is it with thee and this young man,
thy son? Can you expect him to walk when you persist in carrying
him in your arms? Let him try his legs, for he may yet learn to
stand on them like a man." "Shall I abandon my son?" "No," said
John, "that would show impatience. Let him understand that he
cannot use your meagre savings to ruin himself and your family, to
all of whom you owe an obligation. Let him know, in kindness, that
if he is well, he must work or be hungry and unclad. Teach him, if
you can, how sweet will be the bread of his own earning. Be
patient, but do not injure him longer by carrying him on your
back." And John, turning to the young man, said: IV "How now is it
with thee, my child? Why hatest thou thy father and thy mother?"
And the young man said: "I hate them not. He who saith I hate my
father or my mother lies, and there is no truth in him." V And John
said: "My son, thy tongue saith one thing and thy conduct speaketh
another. Thy tongue is soft of speech; thy conduct is louder than
the passing train. Thy tongue saith 'I hate not my mother, ' yet
but a day since, I saw you drunk and heard your ...
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