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His plans all come to failure,
His hopes end in defeat,

For that's what comes when wishing
And working fail to meet.

The boy who wishes this thing,

Or that thing with a will,

That spurs him on to action,

And keeps him trying still
When efforts meet with failure,
Will some day surely win;

For he works out what he wishes,
And that's where "luck" comes in!

The "luck" that I believe in
Is that which comes with work,
And no one ever finds it

Who's content to wish and shirk.
The men the world calls "lucky"
Will tell you, every one,

That success comes not by wishing,

But hard work, bravely done.


"Little by little," said a thoughtful boy, "Moment by moment, I'll well employ, Learning a little every day,

And not spending all my time in play;

And still this rule in my mind shall dwell,
'Whatever I do, I will do it well!'

Little by little I'll learn to know
The treasured wisdom of long ago;

And one of these days, perhaps, we'll see
That the world will be the better for me."

And do not you think that this simple plan
Made him a wise and a useful man? *

Till you are of sixteen years of age, act under the guidance of your elders;

Do not be self-willed at that age or it will go hard

with you.

At home do what your father and mother ask you to do;

In school do as the teacher says and learn with attention.

Habits good or bad that are formed in infancy

Last the whole life-time, and so form good habits. A tender plant can be easily bent as one wishes to bend it,

When once it is hard it cannot be bent, and thus it is with man's mind.

Waste not even a moment of the time that should be spent in school,

Attend school regularly and study more and more books.

'I will learn my lesson before others have done', This spirit of emulation is good, other show of vanity being improper.

'What new have I learned to-day', ask yourself this question everyday;

If you follow this practice, you will keep up your respect as a student.

Let not a day pass without adding something to your knowledge,

Acquire morals with great zeal and aspire to be a man of letters.

*From Temperance Reciter.

On your way to school in company with thoughtlessboys

Be not tempted to play, or else it will break your


The memory is sharp and grasps things easily in tender years,

The practical use of knowledge in manhood causes satisfaction.



Although on the world's wide wide stage, a man's whole life is a life of training and education, still the period during which he is at school or college is the one specially set apart for such a purpose. This period, being theearliest, when his mind is plastic and quick to learn, chiefly influences the whole life. Impressions made during this time, habits and manners then formed, last long and are not easily eradicable. It is therefore very necessary that every student in school and college should be careful at this stage of life, and have before his eyes distinct objects, towards which he should bend his whole energy. He should rise from his bed with such objects, try to work them out in his daily life and to realize their importance.

These are four in number:

1. the development of the physical body,
2. the improvement of the moral nature,

3. the increase of the intellectual capacities,

4. and the attainment of a spiritual and devotional' life.

With these four clearly in his head, he should begin his daily work.

• A Gujarati poet.

As for the first, he should always take some exercise, and be temperate in food and drink.

he is strong in body he cannot do much in

For unless

life. This

body is the chief instrument of our work in the physical world.

As for the second, he should try to practise among his class-fellows, friends and relatives, at school and at home, the well-known virtues of truthfulness, honesty, absence of hatred, jealousy and anger, love, compassion, gentleness in speech, energy in rightful actions, kindness and forgiveness in thought, and obedience to teachers and parents.

For the third, he should try to understand his lessons thoroughly, and go deeply into them. He should practise reading between the lines. He should not be led away by the too common desire to read many pages and finish many books. For the understanding should be developed, rather than the brain stuffed with many facts.

For the fourth, he should always keep in his mind the Supreme Lord, Îshvara, who is the Supreme Being in the Universe. He should daily worship Him, even though for five minutes only, and try to do those things which will please him. He should increase his love towards Him. He should read daily his praise and take delight in doing so. It matters not whether He is worshipped in the name of Râma, Krishna, Mahâdeva, God or Allâh: for he is one and the same, though variously named.*


Let the student, therefore, bear in mind, that sitting on a chair, leaning over a desk, poring over a book, cannot possibly be the way, to make his body grow.

• From The Central Hindu College Magazine.

The blood can be made to flow, and the muscles to play freely, only by exercise; and if that exercise is not taken, nature will not be mocked. Every young student ought to make a sacred resolution to move about in the open air at least 2 hours everyday.


Many students do not at present feel any necessity of exercise. But it is not at their option whether they will take exercise or not; they must take exercise or they are lost to all their hopes and all their prospects. There are others who plead that they are pressed for time and therefore they cannot take exercise. These must be made aware that they miscalculate on one important point. If they will try the plan of taking regular vigorous exercise everyday for a single term, they will find that they can perform the same duties and the same amount of study much easier than The difference will be astonishing to themselves. The time spent in thus invigorating the system will be made up, many times over, in the ease and comfort with which their mind takes hold of study.*

without the exercise.


1. Have a plan laid beforehand for everyday.
2. Acquire the habit of untiring industry.
3. Cultivate perseverance (a steadfastness in pur-
suing the same study, and carrying out the same
plans from week to week).

4. Cultivate the habit of punctuality.

5. Be an early riser.

• From The Elements of Hygiene, by Dr.Dhanakoti Râju.

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