Analytics of Literature

Analytics of Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... best to say, a spiritual, element even in the labor of the trenchdigger. If he should lean upon his shovel every minute the overseer's eye is turned, he would hardly find employment a single day. Honesty of purpose to do that for which he is hired, perseverance, and steadiness of application minute by minute and hour by hour are no less than sentiments and belong to character. But they lie so completely at the foundation as to be taken for granted in the lower kinds of service, hence are seldom recognized by an element in the wages, though these would be reduced to a very uncertain and shifting quantity without them. But digging trenches means eating one's bread by the sweat of one's brow. As there is less curse upon that labor which is less onerous, we aspire, we endeavor to reduce the physical and enlarge the directive or intellectual factor. We thus become carters, it may be, or artisans, and so upward, until we have reduced the muscular effort perhaps to the moving of a pen. If it be an expert accountant who wields the pen, the emolument will of course be large, though the service still continues intellectual, and so also if the wielder be an Edison, an Ericsson, or a Captain Eads. But suppose the paper over which the pen is moving be some manuscript of Tennyson. There compensation such service will secure. Thus in the lowest forms of labor, in which the brain is hardly more than directive to the muscles, the intellectual portion is reduced to a mere point at the extremity of the line, and the compensation becomes indeterminate. In like manner, when the intellectual part of a service grows to the top of the diagonal, and the.physical, reduced perhaps to an oral sentence or even a gesture of direction, in turn diminishes to a point at the...show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618041
  • 9781236618047