Collected Papers of Margaret Bancroft on Mental Subnormality and the Care and Training of Mentally Subnormal Children

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Page 58 - Citizens, we shall say to them in our tale, you are brothers, yet God has framed you differently. Some of you have the power of command, and in the composition of these he has mingled gold, wherefore also they have the greatest honour; others he has made of silver, to be auxiliaries; others again who are to be husbandmen and craftsmen he has composed of brass and iron; and the species will generally be preserved in the children.
Page 88 - ... the marvellous endowment of intelligible and rational speech, whereby, in the secular period of his existence, he has slowly accumulated and organized- the experience which is almost wholly lost with the cessation of every individual life in other animals ; so that now he stands raised upon it as on a mountain top, far above the level of his humble fellows, and transfigured from his grosser nature by reflecting, here and there, a ray from the infinite source of truth.
Page 88 - Our reverence for the nobility of manhood will not be lessened by the knowledge that Man is, in substance and in structure, one with the brutes; for, he alone possesses the marvellous endowment of intelligible and rational speech, whereby, in the secular period...
Page 48 - OUB hopes, like towering falcons, aim At objects in an airy height ; But all the pleasure of the game Is afar off to view the flight...
Page 89 - I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.
Page 49 - When the end subserved is generally advantageous, a tendency manifests itself to enforce upon individuals conformity to the type ; and the latter thus assumes to the consciousness of the community the form of a standard to which one ought to conform.
Page 47 - Leon, struck by the novelty of the name, again inquired who were the philosophers, and in what they differed from other men. Pythagoras replied, that human life seemed to resemble the great fair, held on occasion of those solemn games which all Greece met to celebrate. For some, exercised in athletic contests, resorted thither in quest of glory and the crown of victory ; while a greater number flocked to them in order to buy and sell, attracted by the love of gain. There were a few, however, —...
Page 48 - In life, as the great Pascal observes, we always believe that we are seeking repose, while in reality all that we seek is agitation. Under the same conviction Plato defines man as "the hunter of truth.
Page 50 - Classification may perhaps be best defined as the arrangement of things, or oitr notions of them, according to their resemblances or identities. Every class should so be constituted as to contain objects exactly resembling each other in certain definite qualities, which are stated in the definition of the class. The more numerous and extensive the resemblances which are thus indicated by any system of classes, the more perfect and useful must that system be considered. Mr Mill thus describes his...
Page 57 - ... from coming into the world. This can be done by bringing before the public the right way of living and by instilling in them a knowledge of the physiology and psychology of child-bearing. Further than this, we should enforce the unsexing of all who are unfitted to propagate their kind ; but, when they once are here, the obligation to care for them rests upon us with far greater weight than the obligation to care for the normal child. We will glance at the morally weak and the morally deficient....

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