I would rather be a teacher than a salesman.

Though a salesman makes lots more money than I do, I would not change place with him. For he sells washing machines and fountain pens and chairs and other material things but I sells idea. I would rather be a teacher than a stenographer may have a mahogany desk in the magnificent office of some great chief of industry. For she helps writes letters but I help write careers. She touches keys but I touch lives. I would rather be a teacher than an architect, satisfactory as the program of large construction might be. For an architect helps builds edifices, but I help build character. Edifices endure for a time, but character endures throughout eternity. I would be rather being a teacher than an artist, fascinating as that subject might be in its wealth of beauty, colour and symmetry. For an artist paints pictures on canvas, but I make impressions on the tablets of the soul. I would be rather being a teacher than a bookkeeper. For he balances accounts, but I helps balance lives. I would be rather being a teacher than a great business executive. For he works with facts and figures and lifeless coins, but I work with minds that open, and futures that unfold, and principles that grow. I would rather be a teacher than an accomplished musician. For musician plays on violin strings and piano strings, but I play on the heartstrings.

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