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Hast thou not learn'd what thou art often told,
A truth still sacred, and believed of old,
That no success attends on spears and swords
Unblest, and that the battle is the Lord's?
COWPER-Expostulation. L. 350.


One never rises so high as when one does not know where one is going.



Th' aspirer, once attain'd unto the top,
Cuts off those means by which himself got up.


Three men, together riding,

Can win new worlds at their will; Resolute, ne'er dividing,

Lead, and be victors still.

Three can laugh and doom a king,

Three can make the planets sing.

MARY CAROLINE DAVIES-Three. Pub. in American Mag. July, 1914.


Success is counted sweetest

By those who ne'er succeed.

EMILY DICKINSON-Success. (Ed. 1891)


Rien ne réussit comme le succès.

Nothing succeeds like success.

DUMAS-Ange Pitou. Vol. I. P. 72.


The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

Ecclesiastes. IX. 11.


If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.

EMERSON Of the American Scholar. In Nature Addresses and Lectures.


If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, tho it be in the woods. And if a man knows the law, people will find it out, tho he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the prisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint landscape, and convey into oils and ochers all the enchantments of spring or autumn; or can liberate or intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses, 'tis certain that the secret can not be kept: the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his door.

EMERSON Works. Vol. VIII. In his Journal. (1855) P. 528. (Ed. 1912)


If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. MRS. SARAH S. B. YULE credits the quotation to EMERSON in her Borrowings (1889), asserting that she copied this in her handbook from a lecture delivered by EMERSON. The "mouse-trap" quotation was the occa

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A man can't be hid. He may be a pedler in the mountains, but the world will find him out to make him a king of finance. He may be carrying cabbages from Long Island, when the world will demand that he shall run the railways of a continent. He may be a groceryman on the canal, when the country shall come to him and put him in his career of usefulness. So that there comes a time finally when all the green barrels of petroleum in the land suggest but two names and one great company.

DR. JOHN PAXTON-Sermon. He Could not be Hid. Aug. 25, 1889. Extract from The Sun. Aug. 26, 1889.

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Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. Psalms. LXXV. 6.


Qui bien chante et bien danse fait un métier qui peu avance.

Singing and dancing alone will not advance one in the world. ROUSSEAU-Confessions. V.


He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit,

He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.

SCOTT-The Talisman. Ch. XXVI.


Honesta quædam scelera successus facit. Success makes some crimes honorable. SENECA-Hippolytus. 598.

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Requires slow pace at first.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 131.


Ye gods, it doth amaze me,

A man of such a feeble temper should
So get the start of the majestic world,
And bear the palm alone.

Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 128.


A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On. BERNARD SHAW-Mrs. Warren's Profession. Act IV.


Have I caught my heav'nly jewel.

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY-Astrophel and Stella. Song II. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act III. Sc. 3. L.45.


Who shootes at the midday Sunne, though he be sure, he shall never hit the marke; yet as sure he is, he shall shoot higher than who ayms but at a bush.

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY-Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia. P. 118. (Ed. 1638)

(See also HERBERT)

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