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There is a time in every mans education when he arrives atthe conviction that envy is ignorance that imitation issuicide that he must take himself for better for worseas his portion that though the wide universe is full ofgood no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him butthrough his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which isgiven to him to till The power which resides in him is newin nature and none but he knows what that is which he cando nor does he know until he has tried Not for nothingone face one character one fact makes much impression onhim and another none This sculpture in the memory is notwithout preestablished harmony The eye was placed whereone ray should fall that it might testify of thatparticular ray We but half express ourselves and areashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents Itmay be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issuesso it be faithfully imparted but God will not have hiswork made manifest by cowards A man is relieved and gaywhen he has put his heart into his work and done his bestbut what he has said or done otherwise shall give him nopeace It is a deliverance which does not deliver In theattempt his genius deserts him no muse befriends noTrust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron stringAccept the place the divine providence has found for youthe society of your contemporaries the connection ofevents Great men have always done so and confidedthemselves childlike to the genius of their age betrayingtheir perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seatedat their heart working through their hands predominatingin all their being And we are now men and must accept inthe highest mind the same transcendent destiny and notminors and invalids in a protected corner not cowardsfleeing before a revolution but guides redeemers andbenefactors obeying the Almighty effort and advancing onWhat pretty oracles nature yields us on this text in theface and behaviour
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