Thomas McCrie on the school of adversity

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It is a school for acquiring practical wisdom. When we are in eager pursuit of this world’s enjoyments we have no leisure for serious reflection—when we have obtained these our minds are unfitted for it, and, though the price is in our hands, we have no heart to buy wisdom. Adversity has a tendency to sober the mind, disperses the illusions which prosperity had created, and induces thoughtfulness and meditation. He who bears the yoke in his youth sitteth alone and is silent, searches and tries his ways, and applies his heart to wisdom. ...

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