Excerpt from Fruits of Leisure: Or Essays Written in the Intervals of Business At the same time, they do t perceive that this compromise, which should be the nice limit between wilfulness and a desertion of the light that is within us, is the thing of all others which requires the diligent exercise of that uprightness which they fear to put in peril, and which, they persuade themselves, will be Strengthened by inactivity. They fancy, too, that high moral resolves and great principles are t for daily use, and that there is room for them in the affairs of this life. This is an extreme delusion. For how is the world ever made better? Not by mean little schemes which some men fondly call practical, t by setting one evil thing to counteract ather, but by the introduction of those principles of action which are looked upon at first as theories, but which are at last ackw ledged and acted upon as common truths. The men who first introduce these principles are practical men, though the practices which such principles create may t come into being in the life-time of their founders. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.