Education and the Philosophical Ideal

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1900 - Education - 255 pages
 

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Page 141 - When I watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see that I am a pensioner ; not a cause, but a surprised spectator of this ethereal water ; that I desire and look vip, and put myself in the attitude of reception, but from some alien energy the visions come.
Page 78 - EDUCATION does not commence with the alphabet. It begins with a mother's look ; with a father's nod of approbation or sign of reproof; with a sister's gentle pressure of the hand, or a brother's noble act of forbearance ; with handfuls of flowers in green and daisy meadows ; with birds...
Page 23 - Education consists in leading man, as a thinking, intelligent being, growing into selfconsciousness, to a pure and unsullied, conscious and free representation of the inner law of Divine Unity, and in teaching him ways and means thereto.
Page 175 - There is but one thing needful — to possess God. All our senses, all our powers of mind and soul, all our external resources, are so many ways of approaching the Divinity, so many modes of tasting and of adoring God. We must learn to detach ourselves from all that is capable of being lost, to bind ourselves absolutely only to what is absolute and eternal, and to enjoy the rest as a loan, a usufruct.
Page 98 - Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent propaganda. As far as lies in its power, it tends to transform the universe and humanity into its own image. Thus we have all a cure of souls. Every man is a...
Page 173 - There is a path that leads to truth so surely, that any one who will follow it must needs reach the goal, whether his capacity be great or small. And there is one guiding rule by which a man may always find this path, and keep himself from straying when he has found it. This golden rule is — give unqualified assent to no propositions but those the truth of which is so clear and distinct that they cannot be doubted.
Page 199 - three" for the occasion. What exact thing do you practically mean by "One," when you call the universe One, is the first question you must ask. In what ways does the oneness come home to your own personal life? By what difference does it express itself in your experience? How can you act differently towards a universe which is one? Inquired into in this way, the unity might grow clear and be affirmed in some ways and denied in others, and so cleared up, even though a certain vague and worshipful...
Page 6 - No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains.
Page 199 - If there were any part of a thought that made no difference in the thought's practical consequences, then that part would be no proper element of the thought's significance.
Page 176 - If its summons is near, so much the better still ; if a half-death overtake me, still so much the better, for so the path of success is closed to me only that I may find opening before me the path of heroism, of moral greatu ness and resignation.

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