" The true philosophy of life is the endeavour to realize our aspirations - to love our best thoughts, which, like wandering angels, visit us in our better moments. ours of quiet and retirement give us glimpses of a better and a holier life which then dawns upon us, of earnestness, of industry, of charity, of piety, is our best and highest wisdom. No man cares to stand still - no man can stand still ; the moment progress is not made retrogression commences. If the blade is not kept sharp and bright, the law of rust will assert its claim : the edge will become dull, and its brightness will depart. True life is only compatible with effort and exertion ; it is literally striving to enter in at the strait gate, involving labours, not super human, but which through life are to be continuous and unceasing. [...]"
School prize label: Church of England Grammar School, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. Devotional style prize binding. Added engraved title-page.
Johnson, Joseph, 1822 -, “Living in earnest, with lessons and incidents from the lives of the great and good : A book for young men,” Monash Collections Online, accessed October 21, 2020, http://repository.monash.edu/items/show/83224