Take pride in your work. August 1, 2014Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: John Adams, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Oliver Wendell Holmes quotes
“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
This quote reminds our friend Ben of a scene from the wonderful series “John Adams.” John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers, was a gifted lawyer and a staunch supporter of Independence. He was also America’s first vice president and second president.
But the scene that made such an impression on me showed Adams back at his home, a working farm, composting manure to make fertilizer for his fields. He proudly bragged to his young son, the future president John Quincy Adams, about his skill in turning this particular black gold into perfectly composted fertilizer to spread on the fields and gardens. You’d have thought that composting manure was the greatest achievement of his life. Every calling is great when greatly pursued, indeed.