It is not luck but labour that makes men. Luck, says an American writer :
It is not luck but labour that makes men. Luck, says an American writer, is ever waiting for something to turn up; labour with keen eyes and strong will always turns up something. Luck lies in bed and wishes the postman would bring him news of a legacy, labour turns out at six and with busy pen and ringing hammer lays the foundation of competence. Luck whines, labour watches. Luck relies on chance; labour on character. Luck slips downwards to self-indulgence; labour strides upwards and aspires to independence. The conviction, therefore, is extending that diligence is the mother of good luck; in other words, that a man’s success in life will be proportionate to his efforts, to his industry, to his attention to small things.
- Which one of the following statements sums up the meaning of the passage?
(a) Luck waits without exertion but labour exerts without waiting
(b) Luck waits and complains without working while labour achieves success altogether it complains
(c) Luck often ends in defeat but labour produces luck
(d) Luck is self-indulgent but labour is selfless
- Which one of the following statements it true about the passage?
(a) Luck is necessary for success
(b) Success depends on hard work and attention to details
(c) Expectation of good luck always meets with disappointment
(d) Success is exactly proportionate to hard work only
- “_______ labour turns out at six and with busy pen and ringing hammer lays the foundation of competence” This statement means
(a) hard work of all kinds makes people efficient and skilled
(b) the labour lays the foundation of the building
(c) the writer and the labourer are the true eyes of the society
(d) there is no worker who works so hard as the labourer who begins his day at six in the morning