LIFE OF GORDON.
had taken his first advance to fame. Was it luck ?
No, for Moreau had the same opportunity and
failed. The fact is that the young Corsican soldier
had perseverence and pluck. Oliver Cromwell had
a birthday that he always regarded as a lucky day,
yet he died on that very day.
"A man is mortal till his work is done," may be true
in some sense, but not true in fatalism." Was it
luck which raised Andrew Johnson from the tailor's
bench in Raleigh and carried him to the Chief Mag¬
istracy of the Nation ? No, no. Such men as Johnson,
Clay and Webster, would have risen in spite of any
circumstances. Dr. Johnson has well said, "all com¬
plaints against fortune are unjust." I never knew a
man neglected who was possessed of merit. Well
matured and well disciplined talent is sure of a mar¬
ket, provided it exerts itself, but it must not cower
at home and expect to be sought for. Perseverence
is a sure road to success. There is fortune for the
dullest of us if we will only bring it into active ex¬
ercise. A barking dog is worth more than a sleep¬
ing lion. (Applause.) Many a man has lost his
hold on the world because he lost his perseverence.
It is perseverence that crowns men with honor that
lives while they sleep the sleep of the dead. It
amasses wealth and brings success to well-directed
efforts. (Applause.) Men have only to resolve
and then act out the resolution. Do not stand still
and wait for something to happen, but go to work
and make something happen. Don't wait for some¬
thing to turn up, but with your own hands turn