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.