This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A great deal has recently been made of a saying attributed to Prof. Agassiz, and recently quoted by Vice-President Steele, in an address before the Montgomery County (Ohio), Horticultural Society. "If Agassiz," says Mr. Steele, "was right when he said he couldn't afford to turn aside from his scientific investigations to make money, his life was in the truest and noblest sense successful." If Professor Agassiz ever said this, it must have been as an answer intended for an immediate purpose. It is too much the fashion to take these hasty sayings of great men, and which were perhaps quite proper for the special occasion on which they were used, as drops of wisdom applicable to their whole lives, and as something to be envied by all the world besides. It will be well to remember that Agassiz' love of science did not make him poor or keep him poor. He left quite a large estate, and his son is probably among the wealthiest of Boston. It is doing an injury to science to create the impression that its students must necessarily be poor, and the poorer they are the more they are to be envied.
It is time this stuff had an end to it.