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Frederic W. Farrar

Frederic W. Farrar, in a sermon preached in Trinity Church in Boston, November 1, 1885, exclaimed:

"Self is the all but universal idol; selfishness is for millions the sole law of existence. Men jostle each other, and struggle in the press, and trample savagely on fallen rivals, and show the poor spectacle of that perverted life which lives and dies only for itself...

" ...Let us set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth; for, you see, a life spent in brushing clothes and washing crockery and sweeping floors—a life which the proud of earth would have treated as the dust under their feet—a life spent at the clerk's desk, a life spent in the narrow shop, a life spent in the laborer's hut—a life of poverty, a life of struggle, a life of obscurity and unsuccess—may yet be a life so ennobled by God's loving mercy, that for the sake of it a king might gladly yield his crown."

(Sermons and Addressses Delivered in America, New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1886, pp. 193-94, 200). (Quoted by James D. MacArthur, BYU Devotional, May 10, 1994)