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If i rest, i rust!

(2010-08-03 11:07:17)
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If I Rest, I Rust_ The significant inscription found on an old key---“If I rest, I rust”---would be an excellent motto for

those who are afflicted with the slightest bit of idleness. Even the most industrious person might adopt it with advantage to

serve as a reminder that, if one allows his faculties to rest, like the iron in the unused key, they will soon show signs of

rust and, ultimately, cannot do the work required of them. Those who would attain the heights reached and kept by great men

must keep their faculties polished by constant use, so that they may unlock the doors of knowledge, the gate that guard the

entrances to the professions, to science, art, literature, agriculture---every department of human endeavor. Industry keeps

bright the key that opens the treasury of achievement. If Hugh Miller, after toiling all day in a quarry, had devoted his

evenings to rest and recreation, he would never have become a famous geologist. The celebrated mathematician, Edmund Stone,

would never have published a mathematical dictionary, never have found the key to science of mathematics, if he had given his

spare moments to idleness, had the little Scotch lad, Ferguson, allowed the busy brain to go to sleep while he tended sheep

on the hillside instead of calculating the position of the stars by a string of beads, he would never have become a famous

astronomer. Labor vanquishes all---not inconstant, spasmodic, or ill-directed labor; but faithful, unremitting, daily effort

toward a well-directed purpose. Just as truly as eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, so is eternal industry the price

of noble and enduring success.

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