Harry Emerson Fosdick — Once when Ole Bull, the great violinist…

Once when Ole Bull, the great violinist, was giving a concert in Paris, his “A” string snapped and he transposed the composition and finished it on three strings.  That is life- to have your “A” string snap and finish on three strings.  How many here have had to test that out!  Some of the finest things in human life have been done that way.  Indeed, so much the most thrilling part of the human story on this planet lies in such capacity victoriously to handle handicaps that, much as I should have liked to hear Ole Bull with all the resources of a perfect instrument at his command, if I could have heard him only once, I should have liked to hear him when the “A” string snapped and, without rebellion or self-pity or surrender, he finished on three strings.
Harry Emerson Fosdick