Excerpt from The Princeton Review, Vol. 56: July-December, 1880
The solution given by each one of us to this problem is, in our existence, a momentous event. It determines the direction which we assign to our activity, and decides thereby the result of our life, a result which is great, inevitably great, Whether it be of glory or of shame.
At the close of one of his celebrated addresses, the most popular orator humanity has ever known exclaimed Whoso ever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock and the rain descended, and the ﬂoods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock. But every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand and the rain descended, and the' ﬂoods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house and it fell - and here, reproducing, so to speak, in the majesty of his words, the crash of the falling structure, he added, and great was the fall of it.
The life of a man reaching its close is indeed a grand spec tacle, whatever that close may be; appallingly grand when that life has been a failure; sacredly, gloriously grand when the dying man, raising toward heaven a serene countenance, can say Father, I have accomplished the work Thou gavest me to do.
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