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An unthankful man is never long or really happy. While some peculiarly pleasing experience absorbs his consciousness he is not miserable, but the unthankful spirit soon asserts itself and he becomes dissatisfied, cynical, or monrose. In the heart the emotion must glow and, whatever betide, the recognition of the beneficence of accompained by a warmth of feeling which itself makes life in any condition worth living. Without this, happiness is never perfect, the dark corners of the soul harbor creeping things and the man grows monrose, fearful, and suspicious; old age is a barren desert, and death would be welcome if conscience did not make a coward of the unloving, unloved being who has failed to recognize God in all things — and also in evil things which are so only in the seeming, except, when "sin lieth at the door."

What is your motive in life? Every life finds its chief inspiration somewhere. Perhaps it is to succeed? But what do you mean by success? Is it to gather together dollar after dollar; to stand in a conspicuous place in the social circle; to achieve some great result in invention, in the social circle; to achieve some great result in invention, in commercial life, in art, in letters, in politics, in the professions; to develop the mind so that all the learning of the ancients will be your possession; to indulge in the pleasures of the world-life; or, is it so to live, that by the unhindered utterance of the highest instincts and impulses of your heart, you shall make some permanent contribution toward the uplifting of men? The interpretation of life depends altogether upon the motive that inspires it.

A Word from Mr. Chase
January 7, 1905

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