|DECISION OF CHARACTER.|
Decision means determination. Where a person is decided in a point, we say that he has come to a full determination. Those who wish to be useful members of society, must come to decided opinions. Such persons are most useful in the domestic circle, and the most useful in community.
To be diligent in any one thing, it requires that you should be decided. You cannot be diligent in your studies, without coming to the decision that you will be so. Columbus would not have discovered America had he not come to the determination that he would seek for a far distant country.
Amidst all difficulties, Columbus displayed those traits of character which proved the greatness of his mind, and his peculiar fitness for the arduous duties of his station. He appeared with a steady and cheerful countenance, as satisfied with what he had done. He soothed his companions by holding out to them a prospect of riches and of fame, and by offering a gratuity to him who should first discover land.
Having fully made up his mind to seek another country, he underwent all the threats and cruel treatment of his companions. After having undergone the siege of the first discovery, it was given the name of America, in honor of a Florentine Nobleman, named Americus Vespucius.
Think of the decision of Demosthenes; his
In some of the decided examples of ambition, we almost revere the force of mind which impelled them forward through the longest series of action, superior to doubt and fluctuation, and disdainful of ease, of pleasure, of opposition, and of hazard.
We bow to the ambitious spirit which reached the true sublime in the reply of Pompey, a distinguished Roman General, to his friends, who dissuaded him from venturing on a tempestuous sea, in order to be at Rome on an important occasion: "It is necessary for me to go--it is necessary for me to live."
"A little ship, floating on the stream, is tossed here and there by every little breeze and wave, while the huge log ploughs its course majestically along, undisturbed by the raging winds or foaming billows. The former represents the undecided man, the latter the decided man."
The lightning, as it flashes from cloud to cloud, or plays around the metallic rod, immortalizes the decision of Franklin; the comprehensive mind of Fulton grasped an object considered hitherto unattainable; and, by his happy application of a most stupendous power, he has triumphed o'er the winds, conquered the elements, annihilated space, extended the bounds of social intercourse; thus
After Robert Bruce had been defeated twelve times, as he lay on some straw in a barn, brooding over his misfortunes, and on the point of giving up in despair, he beheld a spider attempt in vain twelve times to ascend the beam, but its thirteenth attempt was crowned with success. He then arose, and determined to make one more vigorous effort in the cause of liberty; he did so, and it was crowned with equal success. The use of decision will raise you to elevated stations--its neglect will sink you to ruin.