"There is a perennial nobleness in work." that should be more realized in these days when such a man as Carlyle has lived in our midst. "Know what thou canst work at, and work at it like a Hercules!" How many of us can do that?
If we wish to develop power for work—to be men and women in the highest sense—we must first realize that “Labor is life." Work is life in action, an expression of man’s divinity. Is our work permeated with this thought?
Each individual has his own particular sphere of work, and the working out of this divine thought within him will produce, not only desire for outward effect, but for the inner activity of his powers and the fulfillment of his high destiny.
In a little child the formative and creative instinct is the highest expression of his being. Poor and imperfect his work may be at first, but it is preparing for future industry, diligence, and productive activity. Those who have the charge of young children are beginning to realize that activity is life to them. "Properly thou hast no other knowledge but what hast got by working" is true from their earliest years. Manual work is becoming a most powerful agency in securing for the pupil the habit of success, a calm sense of power, a firm conviction of mastership, which are so very essential to fullness of life. The strong man will ever find work which means difficulty and pain to the full measure of his strength. Work is not an evil but a necessity for man’s development; it is the salvation of a human being. There is so much discussion over life’s ways and means that we have need to take these thoughts home to our hearts,—"He that loseth his life shall save it." "Who art thou that complainest of thy life of toil? Complain not!" “Put forth thy hand in God’s name; know that ‘impossible,’ where Truth and Mercy and the everlasting voice of Nature order, has no place in the brave man’s dictionary. Brother, thou hast possibility in thee for much—the possibility of writing on the eternal skies the record of a heroic life." "Work and despair not."
—Charles Hanford Henderson