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The Young Man and the World   By: (1862-1927)

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The YOUNG MAN and THE WORLD

By

Albert J. Beveridge

D. Appleton and Company New York 1905

COPYRIGHT, 1905, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Published October, 1905

PREFACE

The chapters of this volume were, originally, papers published in The Saturday Evening Post of Philadelphia. The first paper on "The Young Man and the World," which gives the title to the book, was written, at the request of the editor of that magazine, as an addition to a series of articles upon the Philippines and statesmen of contemporaneous eminence.

This paper called for another, and each in its turn called for the one that followed it. And so the series grew from day to day, largely out of the suggestions of its readers a sort of collaboration. A considerable correspondence resulted, and requests were made that the articles be collected in permanent form. This is the genesis of this book. I hope it will do some good.

While addressed more directly to young men, these papers were yet written for men on both sides the hill and on the crest thereof. I would draw maturity and youth closer together. I would have the sympathy between them ever fresh and vital. I would have them understand one another and thus profit each by the strength of the other.

The manner in which these papers were written created certain repetitions. After careful consideration I have concluded to let them remain. They are upon subjects of vital concern. Where it is necessary to remember, it is better to be wearied than to forget. And these papers were meant to be helpful. They are merely plain talks as of friends conferring together.

ALBERT J. BEVERIDGE.

INDIANAPOLIS, May 1, 1905.

CONTENTS

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I. THE YOUNG MAN AND THE WORLD 1

II. THE OLD HOME 54

III. THE COLLEGE? 83 1. The Young Man who Goes. 2. The Young Man who Cannot Go.

IV. THE NEW HOME 152

V. THE YOUNG LAWYER AND HIS BEGINNINGS 186

VI. PUBLIC SPEAKING 217

VII. THE YOUNG MAN AND THE PULPIT 246

VIII. GREAT THINGS YET TO BE DONE 278

IX. NEGATIVE FUNDAMENTALS 310

X. THE YOUNG MAN AND THE NATION 334

XI. THE WORLD AND THE YOUNG MAN 366

XII. THE YOUNG MAN'S SECOND WIND; OR, FACING THE WORLD AT FIFTY 387

THE YOUNG MAN AND THE WORLD

I

THE YOUNG MAN AND THE WORLD

Be honest with the world and the world will be honest with you. This is the fundamental truth of all real prosperity and happiness. For the purposes of every man's daily affairs, all other maxims are to this central verity as the branches of a tree to its rooted trunk.

The world will be honest with you whether you are honest with it or not. You cannot trick it remember that. If you try it, the world will punish you when it discovers your fraud. But be honest with the world from nobler motives than prudence.

Prudence will not make you be honest it will only make you act honest. And you must be honest.

I do not mean that lowest form of honesty which bids you keep your hands clean of another's goods or money; I do not mean that you shall not be a "grafter," to use the foul and sinister word which certain base practices have recently compelled us to coin. Of course you will be honest in a money sense.

But that is only the beginning; you must go farther in your dealings with the world. You must be intellectually honest. Do not pretend to be what you are not no affectations, no simulations, no falsehoods either of speech or thought, of conduct or attitude. Let truth abide in the very heart of you.

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