“If I were a cobbler, it would my pride The best of all cobblers to be ; If we were a tinker, no tinker beside Should mend an old kettle like me.”
It is a great thing to take a pride in our work. Any thing that is worth doing at all is worth doing well. Even in the humblest task we should be ambitious to do it as well as we can, if possible better than anyone else.
A cobbler should not think that because his job is humble one, it can be scamped and done anyhow ; he should be determind to make better shoes than any other cobbler ; and tinker should take pride is mending even an old kettle better than any other tinker can.