"When I became old enough to reflect, it was the aim at which all my energies were directed to make myself a useful man. I soon found that occupation, for some useful end or other, was the true secret of happiness."
(Maury to Rutson Maury, August 31, 1840.)
(Maury to Frank Minor, July 25, 1855.)
"It's the talent of industry that makes a man. I don't think that so much depends upon intellect as is generally supposed; but industry and steadiness of purpose, they are the things."