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Well-matured and well-disciplined talent is always sure of a market, provided it exerts itself; but it must not cower at home and expect to be sought for. There is a good deal of cant, too, in the whining about the success of forward and impudent men, while men of retiring worth are passed over with neglect. But it happens often that those forward men have that valuable quality of promptness and activity, without which worth is a mere inoperative property. A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. Endeavor to make your talents convertible to ready use, prompt for the occasion, and adapted to the ordinary purposes of life; cultivate strength rather than gracefulness; in our country it is the useful, not the ornamental, that is in demand. Washington Irving, letter to Pierre Paris Irving (nephew), 1824 December 7th

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Well

matured

and

well

disciplined

talent

is

always

sure

of

a

market



provided

it

exerts

itself



but

it

must

not

cower

at

home

and

expect

to

be

sought

for



There

is

a

good

deal

of

cant



too



in

the

whining

about

the

success

of

forward

and

impudent

men



while

men

of

retiring

worth

are

passed

over

with

neglect



But

it

happens

often

that

those

forward

men

have

that

valuable

quality

of

promptness

and

activity



without

which

worth

is

a

mere

inoperative

property













A

barking

dog

is

often

more

useful

than

a

sleeping

lion



Endeavor

to

make

your

talents

convertible

to

ready

use



prompt

for

the

occasion



and

adapted

to

the

ordinary

purposes

of

life



cultivate

strength

rather

than

gracefulness



in

our

country

it

is

the

useful



not

the

ornamental



that

is

in

demand













Washington

Irving



letter

to

Pierre

Paris

Irving

(nephew)



1824

December

7th



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