In an address on the "Mistakes of Educated Men" delivered before the students of Pennsylvania College, some time ago, by Dr. J. S. Hart of New Jersey. there were many valuable hints to students of so general a nature that they will bear repetition to the advantage of all students favorably disposed to a practical view of their work. The care of the bodily health is of the first importance. More educated men fail of distinction through the want of bodily vigor than from any other cause. The high prizes in any of the professions are not to be won without exhausting labor. We hear much talk about genius. All this is very well in its way, but the most practical definition of genius is, extraordinary capacity for labor. No world-wide greatness was ever achieved except where there has been a prodigious capacity for work.
Long continued mental labor, especially where the feelings are enlisted, makes fearful drafts upon the bodily frame. With sound, sturdy, bodily health, one can not only labor mentally more hours in the twenty four, but can, while working, throw into his task a greater amount of intellectual force. The mind gathers impulse and force from the body whenever the latter is in high health and vigor. When the body is feeble and sickly, the mind is either checked and hampered in its impulses, or, attempting to ride them boldly forward, breaks down altogether. The habit of being beforehand with whatever a man undertakes is an important element of success. The only sure method of securing intellectual thrift and comfort of doing what one does without distraction. and so of doing it in the most healthy condition of one's faculties, is to establish the habit of anticipation in work. Have some fresh intellectual acquisition always in hand. Some students, after getting fairly settled, merely work on from yea to year with the materials of knowledge already acquired. This is not wise. If the student wants to make steady, healthful growth, he should always have by him some one new study, something in hand that he can turn to from day to day, and give to it at least a few touches. One may soon learn the power of little, as applied to intellectual processes and gains.
Everyone should avoid the mistake of limiting his studies too strictly to his own specialty, or his intercourse to his own particular sect or caste. Every man needs at times to travel out of the circle of himself and of his own peculiar ideas, and to come into contact with others unlike himself in age, sex, occupation, tasks and opinions.