The Clue of the Maze

How shall we live?

With what hammer shall we strike? Ay, there’s the rub. Not that it is any question to me personally; but desiring to be a true brother to you, my reader, I put it so; and for your sake, and in fellowship with you, I look around the work-shop. Here are hammers, light, bright, many! See the trade-mark,—Warranted brand-new. The old smith over yonder says he knows nothing of them. They were left here by a new firm, who are always inventing fine things. “Leastwise,” says he,” they call themselves a new firm, but I believe they might better be called ‘the long firm’: they trade under new names, but they are old rogues.” The smith swings aloft, with brawny arm, a hammer which makes the sparks fly and the iron yield:—”There,” says he, “the old hammer suits me best” You see, good friend, he is only a blacksmith, and knows no better. Some people are unreasonably fond of old things. Are these mental Tories any more foolish than those who are fascinated by novelties? We think not.

The old hammer in our forge is Faith in God.
The Clue of the Maze.

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