From the Religious Press

Everybody agrees as to the fact, but in practice most of us sometimes come very far short of our ideal.

Of course self-respect is involved in self-control. When we realize that we are off our balance, that we are being swayed by forces which we ought to be able to control, we cannot help being ashamed. The momentary gratification which some people find in yielding to anger soon passes away, and at its best is no compensation for the feeling of weakness and self-contempt which accompanies the consciousness of having failed to retain one's poise of mind and conduct. To keep the tone natural and the language calm, to conquer the impulse to return the blow or the insult, to preserve a clear, cool, resolute mastery of conditions when the attempt is made to baltle and mislead one—this, in the lower and the higher grades of effort alike, reveals the master of self and therefore of others, for influence and usefulness are involved.

November 16, 1899

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