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Why Tom!" he cried, with much surprise,

"Is your old uncle dead,

And left you cash to buy these books
That round the walls are spread?"

"Oh no," said Tom, "I bought these books
With what my friends allowed:
Had you not smoked away your cash,

You might the same have showed."

"Why, my Havannahs only cost
Me three pence every day!"

"Just so," said Tom, "You've only smok'd
A library away!

"Now reckon up three pence a day

For seven long years to come,
And you will find that it will count
A very handsome sum!"

"Why that," said George, with humble look,
"Full Thirty Pounds would be;

How foolishly I've smoked away

A handsome library!"



A monkey, seeing some boys enter a school-house, thought they were going after something very good, and therefore he went in and sat down as they did.

When they took up their books, he also picked up one, and began to turn over the leaves, as he saw them do. All the children began to laugh; and the monkey thinking this was part of the treat, bagan to grin and chatter.

One boy then threw something at him, and the monkey threw it back again. Then one of the boys pulled the monkey's tail, and the monkey in return pulled the boy's hair, till the boy screamed for help.

Just at this moment the teacher came in, and took off the monkey. Some of the boys cried out, "Beat him." "No," said the teacher, "he has only done what he saw you do. If you had set him a good example, he would have behaved as well as the best of you."*


*From Picture Fables, Madras,


Success is like a lovely woman, wooed
By many men, but folded in the arms
Of him alone, who free from over-zeal
Firmly persists, and calmly perseveres.


Two only sources of success are known—
Wisdom and effort; make them both thine own.

If thou would'st rise.*


The sinews of fortune are not money, but rather the powers of the mind, address, courage, resolution, intrepidity, perseverance, moderation, industry, &c.

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Joined to a meek humility,

Success must everywhere command,

How could he fail who had all three t



Vigour, energy, resolution, firmness of purpose,

these carry the day.


The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between men, between the feeble.

* From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.

From Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan.

and the powerful, the great and the insignificant, is energy, invincible determination, a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory! That quality will do anything that can be done in this world; and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities, will make a two-legged creature A Man without it.


The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.


Is there one whom difficulties dishearten, who bends to the storm? He will do little. Is there one who will conquer?-That kind of man never fails.


You shear through no end of cob-webs with that fine implement, a wisely fixed resolution of your own. -THOMAS CARLYLE.

Man, be resolute! ever our worst difficulty

Is the difficulty to compel ourselves to strive-
Only to strive, of victory careless, for this is victory



The secret of success is constancy to purpose.


They can conquer who believe they can.


Confidence in one's self is a chief nurse of success, and every student must aim at this, and strive to reach

the happy mean between too little confidence and overconfidence in his own powers. Too great confidence is the likeliest way to prevent success, and too little confidence is the likeliest way to fail.


Whatever the work a man performs,
The most effective aid to its completion-
The most prolific source of true success-
Is energy without despondency.*


There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honours too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.


Whatever you put your heart to, will be crowned with success if you try with all your might.


Strive to complete the task thou hast commenced;

Wearied, renew thy efforts once again;

Again fatigued, once more the work begin,

So shalt thou earn success and fortune win.*


Activity gives us success, and it is this that elevates the intelligent. But men of little understandings rely only in fortune in their miserable state.


* From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.

Translated by Vihari Lâlâ Mitra.

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