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Chapter 3 - The Source Of Power
MAN’S brain, body, mind, faculties, and talents are the mere
instruments he uses in demonstrating greatness; in
themselves they do not make him great.
A man may have a large brain and a good mind, strong
faculties, and brilliant talents, and yet he is not a great man
unless he uses all these in a great way.
That quality which enables man to use his abilities in a great
way makes him great; and to that quality we give the name
of wisdom. Wisdom is the essential basis of greatness.
Wisdom is the power to perceive the best ends to aim at and
the best means for reaching those ends. It is the power to
perceive the right thing to do.
The man who is wise enough to know the right thing to do,
who is good enough to wish to do only the right thing, and
who is able and strong enough to do the right thing is a truly
He will instantly become marked as a personality of power in
any community and men will delight to do him honor.
Wisdom is dependent upon knowledge. Where there is
complete ignorance there can be no wisdom, no knowledge
of the right thing to do.
Man’s knowledge is comparatively limited and so his wisdom
must be small, unless he can connect his mind with
knowledge greater than his own and draw from it, by
inspiration, the wisdom that his own limitations deny him.
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