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William Whiting Borden (1887-1913), heir to the Borden Dairy fortune, already a millionaire in high school, graduate of Yale, gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ with this life motto:

No reserves, no retreats, no regrets.

He died a missionary to Muslims in Egypt.

Dr. Samuel Zwemer, who knew Borden well, said this at the funeral:

He won the victory over his environment. By some the victory has to be won over poverty; by others over heredity or over shame and temptation; but Borden won the victory over an environment of wealth. He felt that life consisted not in ‘the abundance of things a man possesses’ but in the abundance of things that possess the man.

Quoted in Mrs. Howard Taylor, Borden of Yale ’09, pages 279-280. Copied from Christ is deeper stillO Christ, give us privileged Western Christians the victory over our environment of wealth!


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