Not in the devotion of our lives to any great leading purpose, do we secure final success and happiness; but in the devotion of our lives to an end that looks to other's good. Few, if any, so devote themselves, and few, if any, are successful and happy. Still, the truth remains. Avarice and ambition are the most powerfully active of all selfish impulses, and drive some men onward in the world at almost the tempest's speed; but, avarice and ambition always leave ruin behind them - moral and spiritual ruin, over which the good mourn in unavailing sorrow. Timothy Shay Arthur was a popular 19th-century American author most famous for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There. He was also the author of dozens of stories for Godey's Lady's Book. Arthur did much to articulate and disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable life in America. Arthur was one of the most popular and widely read author of his time.
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