Education and the Philosophical Ideal

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

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Page 132 - 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 Icok up and put myself in the attitude of reception, but from some alien energy the visions come.
Page 69 - 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 14 - 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 167 - Let come what come will — even death. Only be at peace with self, live in the presence of God, in communion with Him, and leave the guidance of existence to those universal powers against whom thou canst do nothing! If death gives me time, so much the better. If its summons is near, so much the better still; if a halfdeath 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 greatness and resignation....
Page 166 - 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.
Page 89 - 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 164 - 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 190 - 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 portentousness...
Page iii - No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains.
Page 190 - Beliefs, in short, are really rules for action; and the whole function of thinking is but one step in the production of habits of action.

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