Adam Colburn had followed many vocations
, had travelled far, and seen much of the world and of life.
If obligingness is the vocation
of financiers, charity is the virtue of the clergy.
Our gracious sovereign recognizes his high vocation
and will be true to it.
For in the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations
in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
We hear enough, and more than enough, of persons who successfully cultivate the Arts--of the remarkable manner in which fitness for their vocation shows itself in early life, of the obstacles which family prejudice places in their way, and of the unremitting devotion which has led to the achievement of glorious results.
But how many writers have noticed those other incomprehensible persons, members of families innocent for generations past of practicing Art or caring for Art, who have notwithstanding displayed from their earliest years the irresistible desire to cultivate poetry, painting, or music; who have surmounted obstacles, and endured disappointments, in the single-hearted resolution to devote their lives to an intellectual pursuit--being absolutely without the capacity which proves the vocation, and justifies the sacrifice.
The Tennessee Fraysers were a practical folk--not practical in the popular sense of devotion to sordid pursuits, but having a robust contempt for any qualities unfitting a man for the wholesome vocation
A carload of drovers, too, in the midst, on a level with their droves now, their vocation
gone, but still clinging to their useless sticks as their badge of office.
There is no doubt that these poor women fulfil their vocation
far more thoroughly than the women in our class, and, as the truest: happiness consists in finding one's vocation
quickly and continuing in it all one's days, I consider they are to be envied rather than not, since they are early taught, by the impossibility of argument with marital muscle, the impotence of female endeavour and the blessings of content.
If life promised no enjoyment within my vocation
, at least it offered no allurements out of it; and henceforth I would put my shoulder to the wheel and toil away, like any poor drudge of a cart-horse that was fairly broken in to its labour, and plod through life, not wholly useless if not agreeable, and uncomplaining if not contented with my lot.
Henley, play writing was abandoned forever, and my husband returned to his legitimate vocation
I can call it a MUTUAL attraction), but if I felt that it was in contradiction with the whole bent of my life--if I felt that in giving way to this attraction I should be false to my vocation
and my duty.
I applied it to him with the deliberate conviction that his vocation
in life was the vocation
of a spy.
But it is well for a man to respect his own vocation
, whatever it is; and to think himself bound to uphold it, and to claim for it the respect it deserves; is it not?
Pleasing myself with the idea that the supposition might in part arise out of some ingenuity in the story, and thinking it worth while, in the interests of art, to hint to an audience that an artist (of whatever denomination) may perhaps be trusted to know what he is about in his vocation
, if they will concede him a little patience, I was not alarmed by the anticipation.