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That great man, Hugo Grotius, near his end, professed that he would gladly give all his learning and honor for the integrity of a poor man in his neighbourhood who spent eight hours of his time in prayer, eight in labour, and eight in sleep and other necessities…

And unto some that applauded his marvelous industry, he said, “Alas! I have lost my life in laboriously doing nothing.”

But unto some that asked the best counsel which a man of his attainment could give he said, “Be serious.

Magnalia Christi Americana, Book IV, Introduction