One of the principals secrets of success is pluck. _ Where that is lacking, other qualifications are of indifferent service. The habit of giving-up spoils many a career that tenacity and perseverauce would render fruitful and creditable. A resolute adherence to the idea that victory is a matter of surmounting one obstacle after another, of rectifying mistakes and learning by experience, will do more for a man than any of those fine theories of avoidance and non-resistance to which so much value is often attributed. Our system of civilization is not favorable to schemes of endeavor that include the possibility of despair or surrender m any emergency. Its prizes are for the aggressive and determined spirits that quickly recover from strokes of misfortune, and go onward again, undismayed and uncomplaining. In the life of every man there are seasons of special tribulation that demand special courage and fortitude, and it is his duty to be prepared for them. They constitute an appointed part of the struggle m which he is engaged, and upon his fidelity m dealing with them depends the issue of that struggle. To act a brave and steadfast part is to lighten the burden and to gain strength instead of losing it. The most useless of all practices is that of quarreling with fate; the man of success accepts the situation, _ whatever it may be, and tightens his armour for further conflict.
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PERSEVERANCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890
PERSEVERANCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890
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