Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Laborers of Great Britain

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J. Wiley & Sons, 1883 - 76 pages
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Page 32 - Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave. It is not teaching the youth the shapes of letters and the tricks of numbers, and then leaving them to turn their arithmetic to roguery, and their literature to lust. It means, on the contrary, training them into the perfect exercise and kingly continence of their bodies and souls. It is a painful, continual and difficult work to be done by kindness, by watching, by warning, by precept,...
Page 6 - On Scott's asking the cause of this silence, Mungo answered, " That in all cases where he had information to communicate, which he thought of importance to the public, he had stated the facts boldly, leaving it to his readers to give such credit to his statements as they might appear justly to deserve ; but that he would not shock their faith, or render his travels more marvellous, by introducing circumstances, which,, however true, were of little or no moment, as they related solely to his own personal...
Page 7 - the autumnal mist floating heavily and slowly down the valley of the Yarrow " presented to Scott's imagination " a striking emblem of the troubled and uncertain prospect which his undertaking afforded.
Page 20 - Go sit old Cheviot's crest below, And pensive mark the lingering snow In all his scaurs abide. And slow dissolving from the hill In many a sightless, soundless rill, Feed sparkling Bowmont's tide. " Fair shines the stream by bank and lea, As wimpling to the eastern sea She seeks 'Fill's sullen bed, Indenting deep the fatal plain, Where Scotland's noblest, brave in vain, Around their monarch bled.
Page 8 - He remained, however, unshaken, and at length they reached the spot at which they had agreed to separate. A small ditch divided the moor from the road, and, in going over it, Park's horse stumbled, and nearly fell. " I am afraid, Mungo," said the Sheriff, " that is a bad omen." To which he answered, smiling, " Freits (omens) follow those who look to them.
Page 30 - But, lastly and chiefly, the personal conceit and ambition developed by reading, in minds of selfish activity, lead to the disdain of manual labour, and the desire of all sorts of unattainable things, and fill the streets with discontented and useless persons, seeking some means of living in town society by their wits. I need not enlarge on this head ; every reader's experience must avow the extent and increasing plague of this fermenting imbecility, striving to make for itself what it calls a
Page 7 - Scotland, for which the remuneration was hardly enough to keep soul and body together. Towards the end of the autumn, when about to quit his country for the last time, Park paid Scott a farewell visit, and slept at Ashestiel. Next morning his host accompanied him homewards over the wild chain of hills between the Tweed and the Yarrow. Park talked much of...
Page 25 - Secondly. I do not care that St. George's children, as a rule, should learn either reading or writing, because there are very few people in this world who get any good by either. Broadly and practically, whatever foolish people read does them harm, and whatever they write, does other people harm : (see my notes on Narrs in general, and my own Narr friend in particular, Fors, vol.
Page 6 - Clearly it is not vanity, of Alpine-club kind,1 that the Old Serpent is tempting this man with. But what then? " His thoughts had always continued to be haunted with Africa. He told Scott that whenever he awoke suddenly in the night, he fancied himself still a prisoner in the tent of Ali ; but when Scott expressed surprise that he should intend again to re-visit those scenes, he answered that he would rather brave Africa and all its horrors, than wear out his life in long and toilsome rides over...
Page 11 - Scott is all himself only in Waverley and the Lay. No line of modern poetry has been oftener quoted with thoughtless acceptance than Wordsworth's : " Heaven lies about us in our infancy " It is wholly untrue in the implied limitation ; if life be led under heaven's law, the sense of heaven's nearness only/ deepens with advancing years, and is assured in death.

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