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"I cannot call riches better than the baggage of virtue." *** * "Of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution; the rest is but conceit." BACON.

"I confess that increasing years bring with them an increasing respect for men who do not succeed in life as those words are commonly used." HIllard, by Mathews.

"O, Keep me innocent! Make others great."

"To know

That which before us lies in daily life
Is the prime wisdom." MILTON.


Emerson: Success.

Bacon: Of Riches.

Matthews: Getting on in the World, Chap. 21.

Psalms, 128.

Matthew, 4. 1-11.


1. Most young men, very properly, look for success in life. The whole course of their training and activity will be determined by the view they have of what constitutes success. Inasmuch as it is essential in a civilized community for a person, in order to live, to secure an income sufficient to pay for food and clothing and shelter and the other necessities of life, people are likely to think of success first as the acquirement of a fortune, larger or smaller.

Can the ordinary man of reasonable health and ability be considered either a good citizen or a good man unless he fits himself for acquiring a good livelihood?

Is there any principle by which a person can determine in youth the income that will be suitable for him in middle age?

Is it desirable to attempt to fix a limit to the fortune which a man should strive to acquire?

2. Many people prize influence over others or influence in the community more than they prize wealth, or they value wealth on account of the influence which it gives. Consider the men in the community where you live whose opinions are prized and who are men of chief influence. What are the sources of their influence? Wealth? Good fellowship? Sound judgment? Good character? Unselfishness?


How far should one consciously make influence the test of success in life?

3. Some philosophers, and a good many persons not philosophers, judging by their teachings and acts, have looked upon happiness or content as the chief aim in life; in consequence as the best criterion of success.

Is content or happiness a matter primarily of the things which one possesses, of the work that one does, of one's personal disposition, of one's health?

How far is content with one's lot compatible with progress?

4. The idea of success in life that seems to be set up in the Bible thru the life and teachings of Jesus, is service to other people. How far is this consistent with wealth getting? With extending one's influence in the community? With securing happiness or content?

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