I could not help laughing again, at his balancing all callings and professions
so equally; and I told him so.
With regard to the learned professions
, little need be observed; they truly form no distinct interest in society, and according to their situation and talents, will be indiscriminately the objects of the confidence and choice of each other, and of other parts of the community.
Therefore, he who considers the actions and the genius of this man will see nothing, or little, which can be attributed to fortune, inasmuch as he attained pre-eminence, as is shown above, not by the favour of any one, but step by step in the military profession
, which steps were gained with a thousand troubles and perils, and were afterwards boldly held by him with many hazardous dangers.
That is not all; the money gained in the exercise of my profession
I have distributed to the poor; I have been assiduous in attending church and those who formerly fled from me have become accustomed to seeing me.
As he cannot be influenced by those feelings which you rank highly as temptation and reward to the soldier and sailor in their choice of a profession
, as heroism, and noise, and fashion, are all against him, he ought to be less liable to the suspicion of wanting sincerity or good intentions in the choice of his.
The truth is, I never dabbled in flashy matters, but jogged on in the good old sober routine of the calling -- a calling in which I should, no doubt, have remained to the present hour, but for a little accident which happened to me in the prosecution of one of the usual business operations of the profession
In fact, as I have long been convinced, though every profession
is necessary and honourable in its turn, it is only the lot of those who are not obliged to follow any, who can live in a regular way, in the country, choosing their own hours, following their own pursuits, and living on their own property, without the torment of trying for more; it is only their lot, I say, to hold the blessings of health and a good appearance to the utmost: I know no other set of men but what lose something of their personableness when they cease to be quite young.
Kenge with a tinge of melancholy in his smile, "one of those coincidences which may or may not require an explanation beyond our present limited faculties, that I have a cousin in the medical profession
I left Alexandria next day, and I forgot about Abraham till a little while ago, when I was dining with another old friend in the profession
, Alec Carmichael, who was in England on short leave.
Therefore, he attached himself more closely than ever to the clerical profession
In a day or two the answer came back that he had not a vacancy, and was very much opposed to the whole scheme; the profession
was greatly overcrowded, and without capital or connections a man had small chance of becoming more than a managing clerk; he suggested, however, that Philip should become a chartered accountant.
And he was not going to have his vanities provoked by contact with the showy worldly successes of the capital, but to live among people who could hold no rivalry with that pursuit of a great idea which was to be a twin object with the assiduous practice of his profession