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Bell, 1867 - Education - 368 pages
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Page 322 - Had in her sober livery all things clad, Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests Were slunk ; all but the wakeful nightingale. She all night long her amorous descant sung : Silence was pleas'd.
Page 321 - Couched, and now filled with pasture gazing sat, Or bedward ruminating: for the sun Declined was hasting now with prone career To the Ocean Isles, and in the ascending scale Of heaven the stars that usher evening rose: When Satan still in gaze, as first he stood, Scarce thus at length failed speech recovered sad.
Page 128 - God, who makes the sun to know His proper hour to rise, And to give light to all below, Doth send him round the skies. When from the chambers of the east His morning race begins, He never tires, nor stops to rest, But round the world he shines.
Page 102 - In the first place, what is properly a verb? The term was first applied to a clearly defined class of Greek and Latin words, and has ever since been supposed to belong to words of essentially similar character in those and other languages. As the old grammars undertake to describe that character, a verb is a word that signifies to be, to do, or to suffer...
Page 60 - ALL ; and they have still a home, and a sphere of love to think of. But to rule them in any such way at home itself, is to wind out of their hearts, by a slow but certain process, every root and fibre of the affections ; nor will it fail to render them, in the end, murky, obdurate, crafty, selfish, and malign.
Page 24 - ... self-government, in steadiness and elevation of principle, and in force and depth of feeling. With young men of ingenuous tempers, this consciousness of their sisters' superiority in points which every day they will be more willing to deem important, may be turned to the best account, under a discreet parental guidance, and may become the means of the most beneficial reaction in their moral sentiments.
Page 202 - ... would be to regard him as a child or an idiot. Certainly an idiot does the same thing, and seems to derive the same species of pleasure from it : so does a child. The philosophy of the subject is thus expounded by a popular writer: ' Too little attention has, I think, hitherto been given to the ' broad fact, that a child's mental existence is constituted almost ' entirely of the workings of the conceptive faculty. The human ' mind, in its first period, may be said to be all ideality...
Page 38 - Practicable happiness is much oftener wantonly thrown away, than really snatched from us ; but it is the most likely to be pursued, overtaken, and husbanded by those who already, and during some considerable period of their lives, have been happy. To have known nothing but misery is the most portentous condition under which human nature can start on its course.
Page 37 - The recollection of a thoroughly happy childhood (other advantages not wanting) is the very best preparation, moral and intellectual, with which to encounter the duties and cares of real life. A sunshine childhood is an auspicious inheritance, with which, as a fund, to commence trading in practical wisdom and active goodness. It is a great thing only to have known, by experience, that tranquil, temperate felicity is actually attainable on earth ; and we should think so if we knew how many have pursued...
Page 91 - There is a particular jar [between the motion of the eye and that of the mind], a want of synchronous movement, and a sense of distress, and a strain which quickly exhaust the power of attention ; or if persisted in, impair the brain...

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