December 15

TIS, finally, the Man, who, lifted high,
Conspicuous object in a Nation’s eye,
Or left unthought-of in obscurity,—
Plays, in the many games of life, that one
Where what he most doth value must be won:

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Who, not content that former worth stand fast,
Looks forward, persevering to the last,
From well to better, daily self-surpast . . .
This is the happy Warrior; This is He
Whom every Man in arms should wish to be.
William Wordsworth


HE alone is worthy of the appellation who either does great things, or teaches how they may be done, or describes them with a suitable majesty when they have been done; but those only are great things which tend to render life more happy, which increase the innocent enjoyments and comforts of existence, or which pave the way to a state of future bliss more permanent and more pure.
John Milton


GREATNESS of mind is not shown by admitting small things, but by making small things great under its influence. He who can take no interest in what is small, will take false interest in what is great.
John Ruskin

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