The surest guide to success in this world

(John Angell James)

What is your life, but a voyage to eternity!
 
A life altogether unprepared for, must be a life
of perpetual mistakes, faults, and miseries.

The chief preparation for life is the formation of a
moral and spiritual character. Genuine piety, the
parent of sound morality, is the surest guide to
success in this world
. And as true religion is the
best guide to happiness in this world, likewise it
is the only way to happiness in the world to come.

True piety will preserve you from all the habits which
tend to poverty and misery--and aid the formation of
all habits which tend to usefulness and happiness.