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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
pointment, self-reproach and conscious degra­dation, as that which leads a man to depart from his proper pursuits, and court, with a shifting sail, the breezes of popular favor.
There is one point that may need to be en­forced upon the attention of parents, in plan­ning out the path of life for their children, and that is, that happiness usually depends less upon one's vocation and upon the success with which it is pursued, than upon a proper balance of responsibility. If a man is so situated as to hope for nothing and to fear nothing, he is of course miserable. The father who toils to place his child beyond care, toils for his child's wretchedness. We all need to be hoping or fearing, and this cannot be but by taking upon ourselves some risk or some responsibility, so that by exertion we may attain the good desired or escape the evil threatened. It is the just balance of this responsibility that constitutes good fortune; a balance which excites us to steady action, with cheerful hopes of success and moderate fear of failure. Whoever is thus situated, be he rich or poor, in the vale of ob­scurity or the temple of fame, is as happy as the lot of humanity permits. He who is called upon to exercise neither of the great passions of the soul, hope or fear, whether he is above
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