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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Usefulness: Better Than Mere Capacity
A Monstrous vat, certainly, is the great tun of Heidelberg. It might hold eight hundred hogsheads of wine at the least; but what is the use of such wasted capacity, since, for nearly a hundred years, there has not been a drop of liquor in it! Hollow and sounding, empty and void and waste; vintages come and go, and find it perishing of dry rot. An empty cask is not so great a spectacle after all, let its size be what it may, though old travelers called this monster one of the wonders of the world. What a thousand pities it is that many men of genius and of learning are, in respect of usefulness, no better than this huge but empty tun of Heidelberg! Very capacious are their minds, but very unpractical. Better be a poor household kilderkin, and give forth one's little freely, than exist as a useless prodigy, capable of much and available for nothing.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Usefulness: Better Than Mere Capacity'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/u/usefulness-better-than-mere-capacity.html. 1870.
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