For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.…
A gentleman was once lecturing in the neighbourhood of London. In the course of his address he said, "All have influence." There was a rough man at the other end of the room with a little girl in his arms. "Everybody has influence, even that little child," said the lecturer, pointing to her. "That's true, sir." cried the man. Everybody looked round, of course; but the man said no more, and the lecturer proceeded. At the close the man came up to the gentleman and said, "I beg your pardon, sir, but I could not help speaking. I was a drunkard; but as I did not like to go to the public-house alone, I used to carry this child. As I came near the public-house one night, hearing a great noise inside, she said, 'Don't go, father.' 'Hold your tongue, child.' 'Please, father, don't go.' 'Hold your tongue, I say.' Presently I felt a big tear on my cheek. I could not go a step farther, sir. I turned round and went home, and have never been in a public-house since — thank God for it. I am now a happy man, sir, and this little girl has done it all; and when you said that even she had influence I could not help saying, 'That's true, sir'; all have influence."
Parallel VersesKJV: For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.