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THE AIM OF LIFE.pdf

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PLAIN TALKS TO YOUNG MEN
AND WOMEN


BY Philip Stafford Moxom
PLAIN TALKS TO YOUNG MEN
AND WOMEN


BY Philip Stafford Moxom

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THE AIM OF LIFEPLAIN TALKS TO YOUNG MENAND WOMENBY Philip Stafford MoxomPREFACE.THIS little volume is composed of addresseswhich were delivered to audiences, mainlyof young people, in Cleveland and Boston. Ihave deemed it best not to change their style,but to send them forth as they were spoken.The simple directness of counsel and appealwhich marks them as addresses will aid ratherthan hinder their usefulness.To myself all of these addresses are fragrantwith tender and ineffaceable memories of themany young people for whom they were firstwritten, and freighted with warm affection forthe many other young people to whom they werelast spoken. In the love and sympathy of allthese responsive hearers, I have found continualcomfort and inspiration in my work.Boston, 1893.CONTENTS.
 
Chapter PageI. The Aim of Life iiII. Character 30III. Habit 54IV. Companionship 77V. Temperance loiVI. Debt 123VII. The True Aristocracy 145VIII. Education 164IX. Saving Time 189X. Charity 210XI. Ethics of Amusements 230XII. Reading 251XIII. Orthodoxy 278THE AIM OF LIFE.That life is long which answers life's great end. — Young.Life 's but a means unto an end ; that end,
 
Beginning, mean, and end to all things, — God. — Bailey.Nor love thy life, nor hate ; but what thou liv'stLive well ; how long or short permit to heaven. — Milton.Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the wholeduty of man. — Ecclesiastes.Life is a mission. Every other definition of life is false, andleads all who accept it astray. Religion, science, philosophy,though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, — that every existence is an aim. — Mazzini.Love not pleasure ; love God. This is the Everlasting Yeawherein all contradiction is solved ; wherein whoso walks andworks, it is well with him. — Carlyle.IT is the high distinction of man that he iscapable of living with an aim, — that is, witha purpose which, reaching through all his life,unifies it, and gives it directness and force. Anaim in life is impossible to creatures that havenot reason. It would be impossible to man if he were an automaton, — if he were not arational, free personality, having duty and adestiny. There is, then, a singular abdication12 The Aim of Life,of his real dignity by the man whose life iswithout purpose ; and there is no more seriousand important matter for the young to considerthan just this one of life's aim. It is importantbecause it intimately concerns success, and, stillmore, because it concerns the formation anddevelopment of character.

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