G. K. Chesterton quote about career from What's Wrong with the World - How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe?
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How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe?
 G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World (1910). copy citation

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“To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheets, cakes and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” source

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