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A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

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Be Systematic

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Transcript from original newspaper article: -
Be Systematic…. BE SYSTEMATIC. – It will add much more to your convenience that you can imagine – It saves time, saves temper, saves patience, and saves money. For a time it may be a little troublesome, but you will soon find it easier to do right than wrong; that it is easier to act by rule than without one.

By systematic in everything; let it extend to the most minute trifles; it is not beneath you. Whitfield could not go to sleep at night if, after retiring, he remembered that his gloves and riding whip were not in their usual place, where he could lay his hand on them in the dark in emergency; and such men are the men who leave their mark on the world’s history.

Systematic men are the only reliable men; they are those who comply with their engagements. – They are minute men. The man who has nothing to do is the man who does nothing. The man of system is soon known to do what he engages to do; to do it well, and to do at the same time promised; consequently he has his hands full.