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280 Beethoven was deaf, Milton was blind, but their names will last as long as time
281 endures, because they dreamed and translated their dreams into organized
282 thought.
283 Before passing to the next chapter, kindle anew in your mind the fire of hope,
284 faith, courage, and tolerance. If you have these states of mind, and a working
285 knowledge of the principles described, all else that you need will come to you,
286 when you are READY for it. Let Emerson state the thought in these words,
287 "Every proverb, every book, every byword that belongs to thee for aid and
288 comfort shall surely come home through open or winding passages. Every friend
289 whom not thy fantastic will, but the great and tender soul in thee craveth, shall
290 lock thee in his embrace."
291 There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to
292 receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The
293 state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is
294 essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.
295 Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance
296 and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty. A great poet has
297 correctly stated this universal truth through these lines:
298 "I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, However I
299 begged at evening When I counted my scanty store.
300 "For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask, But once you have
301 set the wages, Why, you must bear the task.
302 "I worked for a menial's hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had
303 asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid."

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