Thursday, February 07, 2008

“Two men I honor,” says Thomas Carlyle, “and no third. First, the toil-worn craftsman that with earth-made implements laboriously conquers the earth and makes her man’s. Venerable to me is the hard hand, crooked, coarse, wherein notwithstanding lies a cunning virtue, indefeasibly royal, as of the scepter of this planet.
Venerable, too, is the rugged face, all weather-tanned, be-soiled, with its rude intelligence; for it is the face of a man living manlike… Toil on, toil on; thou art in thy duty, be out of it who may; thou toilest for the altogether indispensable, for daily bread. A second man I honor and still more highly; him who is seen toiling for the spiritually indispensable; not daily bread, but the bread of life…
These two, in all their degrees, I honor; all else is chaff and dust, which let the wind blow whither it listeth. Unspeakably touching is it, however, when I find both dignities united, and he that must toil outwardly for the lowest of man’s wants is also toiling inwardly for the highest.” Plain Living and High Thinking

And I think the following quote dovetails nicely with the above sentiments---

“You insist,” wrote Perthes to a friend, “on respect for learned men. I say, Amen! But at the same time, don’t forget that largeness of mind, depth of thought, appreciation of the lofty, experience of the world, delicacy of manner, tact and energy in action, love of truth, honesty, and amiability – that all these may be wanting in a man who may yet be very learned.”

“ We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.”

The last two quotes come from my newest addition to my library titled “Happy Homes and The Hearts That Make Them” by Samuel Smiles, the man most instrumental in inspiring Orison Swett Marden


fcb4 said...

Good stuff.

HAINAngel2000 said...

AMEN!!! That picture makes my knees shake! Man of man I couldn't imagine. That is pure trust in God and in man lolol

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