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THINGS THOUGHTFUL. It needs a little care to know to whom to give; it needs much care to know from whom to receive. GRATITUDE. Negative blessings can be viewed a* posi- tive blessings. The plate upon which a photographer takes a portrait, when de- veloped. is called a negative. With that negative he prints his picture, the camera reversing the true, black things being white and white things black; but in the process of printing from that reversed negative the paper shows the reality. So may our nega- tive blessings—the misfortunes that do not come-be made to impress themselves upon the heart as matters for which to be thank- ful.—Bancroft. All need strength to undertake work when rested; many need it also to abstain from work when tired. CONCENTRATION. It has been said that the world needs a few people who can do many things well, but it needs many people who can do one thing- well. Concentration brings the best results and we need not mourn because we cannot do the work our neighbour is doing, if only our own occupation is a useful one and we are putting into it our best thought and skill. Great and small are only rela- tive terms, and any work that ministers to the welfare of mankind-the part of man- kind that is right around us-is well werth the doing. VENGEANCE. I Ven-cane-e is just: I Justly we rid the earth of human fiends Who carry hell for pattern in their souls. But in high vengeance there is noble scorn It tortures not the torturer, nor gives Iniquitous payment for iniquity. The great avenging angel does not crawl To kill the serpent with a mimic fang; He stands erect, with sword of keenest edge That slays like lightning.—George Eliot, in The Spanish Gypsy. The plea of ignorance will never take away our responsibilities.—Ruskin. STILLNESS. I Only a clear visioned student of human nature understands the full significance of stillness as exemplified in those chosen ones .w lio are called to suffer. There are so many kinds of stillness. There is compulsion to the inexorable. It is not resignation it is simply a grinding down of the physical forces to submission. There is the stillness of a finely tempered courage, steeled at every point, whose elas- ticity of resistance is unconquerable. There is the stillness of dumb rebellion. It is only when the balance of bodily per- spective is readjusted that the value of the gain or loss of the soul's travail through these dark hours can be measured. To one the experience has been a hideous night- mare of meaningless cruelty, to be thrust aside, and if possible forgotten: to another it has been the finding of a responsiveness to the Divine touch of the Great Teacher. —Amy Maclaren. (Through Other Eyes.) THE SUCCESS IN FAILURE. I Fail-yet rejoice! because no less The failure that makes thy distres, May teach another full success: He who knows how to fail has won A crown whose lustre is not less. HOW TO LEARN. I The wiser men are, the more humbly will they submit to learn from others; they do not disdain the simplicity of those who teach them they are willing to lower them- selves to the level of husbandmen, of poor women, of children. Many things are known to the simple and unlearned which escape the notice of the wise. I have learned more important truth beyond com- parison from men of humble station who are not named in the schools, than from all the famous doctors. Let no man, therefore, boast of his wisdom, or look down upon the lowly, who have knowledge of many secret things which God has shown to thoee re- nowned for wisdom.—Roger Bacon. Not the truth which a man knows, but that which he says and lives, becomes the soul's life. Truth cannot bless except when it is lived for, proclaimed, and suffered for. -F. W. Robertson. LOST AND FOUND. I The "Lost and Found" column in the newspaper is very interesting. But there is something far more interesting in the exist- ing though unprinted and unexpressed Lost and Found column among the moving mass of people. Man after man, woman after woman daily jump from task to task- Lost. No purpose guides, no set determina- tion, no real will rules their course. Their aim is to "live out the day," not realising that there is a to-morrow. They are just lost. Happy is the man who finds what he has lost. Happy is the man who after purpose- less wandering and after stmnge adventur- ing finally finds himself. There is nothing so responsive as the human brain and with all its faculties in order, with a single plan and system work- ing noiselessly and evenly, there is no man living who cannot achieve what to him he feels is possible of achievement. Maybe the reason you are dissatisfied with yourself and are forever grumbling about conditions and the success of other people is that you are lost. Are you wait- ing for somebody to discover you? Don't wait. Discover yourself. For when you dc really find yourself, the happiness and power that are bound to accrue will be better and greater than the thrill that will shoot through your system upon the finding of some priceless treasure. Do you feel lost now? Try then before this day is gone to find just where you are and where you ought to be.—G. M. Adams. The heart of moral force is conscience—a fsdnt unextinguisliable flame-whose light we call duty and its heart; love.-Amiel. THOUGHTS FOR ALL TIME. I Say "No" when it is hard to say it, foi that is usually the right time. The person that cannot say "No," because he dislikes tc offend, quickly becomes the tool of the un- scrupulous. It is better to be strong than it is to be popular, and to keep strong one may be obliged to sacrifice a temporary popularity.-Cliarles D. McDuffee. CHEERFULNESS. I The true secret of good health and immu- nity from disease lies in finding out and practising the golden mean of every creed. Cheerfulness is one of the best ends to length of days. It is possible to cultivate this quality, and in the interests of those about us, no less than in our own, it ought to be cultivated. It is a sign of a healthy mind, and enables its possessor in a certain degree to shake off worry, which is a ter- rible shortener of human life. No one evei died of work, but worry has killed its thou- sands. THE STUDY OF THE CLASSICS. I It must not be said that the study of the authors of antiquity is entirely without effect upon the formation of character. A worthless man will always remain worthless, and a little mind will not, by daily inter- course with the great minds of antiquity, become one inch greater. But a noble man, in whose soul God has placed the capability for future greatness of character, and eleva- tion of mind, will, by a knowledge of. and r -l?r intercourse with, the elevated tu res of ancient Greeks and RomaM, T? dav make a \-Mib)e approximation tc every' G th (ro- ?r ?<.ss. Goethe. (Ccnv? f>ImI  Fclcrmai2n. ) ?ons with Eckcrm? A necessity is what we cannot aSo.rd to • ftfvurv is ?t ? can afford to 1<? ,niss; a luxury  we CADMO ?c? So3 to 1«* our KW ™ ca  afford to miss our duties.

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