And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;…
I knew a young man in Boston, whose father was rich. He had genius, particularly in the formative, sculptural art; and his amusement was in making busts and little clay statues. One lucky day, the father lost all his property, and the young man was thrown out of business, and had to work for his own livelihood. He had already made the busts of friends, and when the motives to indolence were taken away from him, when the golden chair was broken, and he had to get up and go to work, he said to himself, "What can I do for a living better than this?" Well, he has come to the artist state already, unconsciously, not expecting to be a professional artist, simply following his taste; but the moment he puts out his sign, showing that he would like to have custom for the sake of self-support, then everybody says, "He has become an artist." He has been an artist a good while, but it is just being developed before the public. The roots of the thing were in him long ago.
(H. W. Beecher.)
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