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Overcoming Bodily Actions Which Seems Impossible Of Change
Circumstances are changeable conditions which merely stand around about you, and, of themselves, have no stability. They are created by man, and can be overcome by man. (Read More...)
How To Develop Capacities Which Are Lacking
Think differences ! Think vividly for five minutes each hour, every day for a month, and the angels of heaven will chant a paean of praise, glorifying a man reborn—a man of genius, with infinite capacity to do whatever he desires and dares to do ! (Read More...)
How To Secure Justice From Others
Hence, securing justice is not the result of dealing solely with things or words. It depends upon your dealings with people, and how you manage such dealings. If you handle or create things well, you succeed in handling or creating things, but you may fail to secure just compensation if you do not know how to handle those with whom you deal—the people who work with you, the people who buy from you, or the general public to whom you render service. (Read More...)
How To Increase Your Compensation
You can always increase the compensation you receive. It is very easy to do so. But, it must be done by an increase in rendering service. (Read More...)
Augment Your Success By Leadership
Unless you are a leader in your work, you cannot succeed greatly. If your work is making, handling or creating things, or if it is using words, or if it is managing and directing people, you do not succeed unless you lead in your particular line of work. (Read More...)
Dare To Do What You Want To Do
I OFTEN hear it said that there are two classes of men—those who talk, and those who do. I also hear it said that the talkers fail; and that the doers succeed. For many years, I thought this was a wise old saying well worth repeating, until I realized that the men who repeat it most often are the talkers who spend much of their time telling others not to talk. (Read More...)
Words to Start With For Young Folks
Now, all these stories about which I have undertaken to tell you are printed stories ; and if there had been no way of printing them, you would never have heard of them or of the lesson of them ; and it is for this reason that I open my budget about the story-tellers, by saying something concerning the man who invented printing, and who, if he did not print the first book, certainly printed the first Bible. (Read More...)
First Printers and Their Homes
But who printed the first English book? And did that follow quickly afterward? Not many years, perhaps twenty. And the man who did this was named William Caxton — a name which has been held in very great honor ever since. (Read More...)
The Arabian Nights
You could never guess who wrote The Arabian Nights, for nobody knows when those stories were first written. Of course it is possible to fix the date of the many translations of The Arabian Nights which have been made into the languages of Europe from the old Arabic manuscripts. (Read More...)
Goldsmith's Work
Who has not read that delightful old story about a certain Dr. Primrose, who was Vicar of Wakefield? Was it in the Sunday-school library that we first came upon it ? — or was it on the book-shelves of some darling old aunt who kept it as one of the treasures of her school-days ? (Read More...)
Gulliver Swift
There was no Gulliver, and there was no Sympson, — only Dean Swift, a queer sort of Irish clergyman, who saw in his own library every thing that Gulliver professed to have seen. And this Dean Swift was as strange a creature as any that Mr. Gulliver saw. (Read More...)
An Irish Story-Teller
Did you ever hear of Gretna-Green, and of Gretna-Green marriages ? Gretna is a small place in Scotland, only a little way over the English border, as you go from Carlisle to Dumfries ; and it used to be famous as a place for runaway couples to go and be married —a thing that it was much easier to do, without consent of relatives, under the Scotch law, than under the English law. (Read More...)
Two French Friends
If you should ever read Mr. Dickens's Tale of Two Cities, — and it is one of the strongest stories he wrote, and well worth your reading, — you will find a thrilling narrative of the imprisonment of a French physician, —who was torn away from his young wife, and for sixteen long years never heard if she were alive or dead. No wonder that his mind gave way, and that when he found liberty at last, he was a poor decrepit shadow of a man. (Read More...)
Fairy Realm - The Grimm Brothers
There were, indeed, five brothers Grimm of this family ; but we have concern now only with two, — Jacob and William, - who lived much together, and worked together with a tender friendliness that is rare, even between brothers. Their youth was full of hardships The father died so early that they had only boyish remembrances of him (Read More...)
Ivanhoe - A Scotch Magician
I don't think I shall ever forget my first reading of Scott's story of Ivanhoe—not if I live to be as old as Dr. Parr. It was about the time when I was half through Adams's Latin Grammar. I was curled up in an easy-chair, with one of those gilt-backed volumes in my hand, which made a long array in a little upstairs book-case of a certain stone house that fronts the sea. (Read More...)
Robinson Crusoe
The business project into which Defoe did really enter was the establishment of tile-works at Tilbury — where were made first in England those queer-shaped tiles for roofing, which — if you ever go there - you will see on a great many of the houses of Rotterdam and Amsterdam ; and some of them are to be found yet upon old houses in some of our southern seaboard cities. (Read More...)
How A Tinker Wrote A Novel
Once upon a time — years and years ago — I wanted some good Sunday book to read ; and when the want was made known, I was helped to a big, leather-bound, octavo book, which at first glance—notwithstanding one or two large splotches of gilt upon the back —did not look inviting. (Read More...)
Church and State
What the glass tube is to the boiler, such is the thing we call the government to the mass of our people. It is one of the gauges of our national morality, one of the many indices by which we may know what is the average of morals in our people. There are other indices—commercial life is one. (Read More...)
What Things Are of Caesar
In the days of the early Christians, and for generations before that, there was no spirit of religious bigotry among the Romans. The masters of the world were broad in their worship ; they admitted the gods of all nations to their temples. But they were intensely patriotic. (Read More...)
The Birth of the Papal State
Race prejudice is a parasite of patriotism; an evil growth on a good tree. The patriotism of the multitude becomes race prejudice in the mob. Ignorance fosters it; under that black shadow, love of one's own people is transmuted into passionate hatred of other peoples. (Read More...)
The Middle Ages
The mind that is accustomed to the contemplation of society's present form of political organization finds itself vexed by a study of the middle ages. We may say that now we deal in world politics with solids : Bosnia and Herzegovina may be severed from the Turkish Empire and become part of the Austrian. (Read More...)
Gregory the Politician
Truth is irrepressible. No matter what may be the prejudice of the man who knows it, he cannot suppress it in his breast. It will break through, fighting for place with the falsehoods his venom may invent or his prejudice project. And common sense is capable generally of recognizing the truth and the falsehood. (Read More...)
Two French Philips
The law of nations that gave the pope the right to protect the person and property of a crusader in the kingdom of any Christian prince whatsoever was thoroughly understood by the princes of the middle ages, and none made protest against it, although some violated it. It grew out of the necessities of the time. (Read More...)
The Ghost of a Spanish King
Three citizens of the American Republic have just been elevated by ordination of Pope Pius X to a rank that had its origin in the Roman catacombs. They have entered the senate of their church, which was organized under the direction of that Hildebrand who afterward became Pope Gregory VII. (Read More...)
The Daggers That Were Not Blessed
Meyerbeer's grand opera, The Huguenots, has an intensely dramatic scene. It pictures the Cardinal of Lorraine blessing the French daggers that were to do the bloody work of St. Bartholomew's Day. That scene, one of the most impressive in the brilliant opera, has had much to do with the quite general Protestant belief that the Catholic Church instigated, and through its agents carried out, the slaughter of Protestants in France that was begun in Paris on August 24, 1572. (Read More...)
The Purpose of the School
What is Education? What is its purpose? Why are there so many school-houses, so many teachers, why so vast an expenditure in money, so extensive and complicate an organization, devoted to teaching the child? There never was an age that did not know education; never a tribe, savage or civilized, a part of whose social life did not consist of the systematic training of the young. (Read More...)
Where They Blew The Light Out
The destruction of religion in a nation must carry with it what has been in all times and among all nations a part of religion. Morality has been always the content of religion; and this is not surprising, because morality is truth and religion is truth, and truth is true in all directions. (Read More...)
Socialism represents in society at large a certain confluence of aberrant thought. If we can conceive of living thought in the form of an effluent from the brains of millions of individual thinkers, we can visualize the various currents in the living intellectual sea. Some of those currents represent the sane thought of mankind. (Read More...)
The Nation Under God
In the very opening words of that address whose sentences, few in number but tremendous in power, gleam in letters of light from a dark and troubled page of our history, Abraham Lincoln said that our fathers had brought forth on this continent a nation "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." (Read More...)
World War One - A War For International Freedom
MY FELLOW COUNTRYMEN: The armistice was signed this morning. Everything for which America fought has been accomplished. The war thus comes to an end. (Read More...)
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