Observations on the Growth of the Mind

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O. Clapp, 1841 - Mind and body - 100 pages

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Page i - For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, And as a root out of a dry ground. He hath no form nor comeliness; And when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Page 67 - If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Page 41 - It is the part of science, that this be no longer a blind affection, but that the mind be opened to a just perception of what it is, which it loves. The affection, which the lover first feels for his future wife, may be attended only by a general sense of her external beauty; but his mind gradually opens to a perception of the peculiar features of the soul, of which the external appearance is only an image. So it is with nature. Do we love to gaze on the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets?...
Page 38 - The natural world was precisely and perfectly adapted to invigorate and strengthen the intellectual and moral man. Its first and highest use was not to support the vegetables which adorn, or the animals which cover, its surface; nor yet to give sustenance to the human body; — it has a higher and holier object, in the attainment of which these are only means. It was intended to draw forth and mature the latent energies of the soul...
Page 49 - There is a language not of words, but of things. When this language shall have been made apparent, that which is human shall have answered its end, and, being as it were resolved into its original elements, will lose itself in nature. The use of language is the expression of our feelings and desires — the manifestation of the mind. But everything which is, whether animal or vegetable, is full of the expression of that use for which it is designed, as of its own existence. If we did but understand...
Page 50 - If we did but understand its language, what could our words add to its meaning? It is because we are unwilling to hear, that we find it necessary to say so much; and we drown the voice of nature, with the discordant jargon of ten thousand dialects. Let a man's language be confined to the expression of that which actually belongs to his own mind; and let him respect the smallest blade which grows and permit it to speak for itself.
Page viii - ... influences of the morning. The loud call on the past to instruct us, as it falls on the rock of ages, comes back in echo from the future. Both mankind, and the laws and principles by which they are governed, seem about to be redeemed from slavery. The moral and intellectual character of man has undergone, and is undergoing, a change; and as this is effected, it must change the aspect of all things, as when the position-point is altered from which a landscape is viewed. We appear to be approaching...
Page 49 - ... relief to the eye, and not, like some unnatural body protruding on the horizon, disturb the quiet they are intended to produce. When there shall be a religion which shall see God in everything and at all times, and the natural sciences, not less than nature itself, shall be regarded in connection with Him, the fire of poetry will begin to be kindled in its immortal part, and will burn without consuming. The inspiration, so often feigned, will become real ; and the mind of the poet will feel the...
Page 92 - Every individual also possesses peculiar powers, which should be brought to bear on society in the duties best fitted to receive them. The highest degree of cultivation of which the mind of...
Page 94 - It becomes us then to seek and to cherish this peculium of our own minds, as the patrimony which is left us by our Father in heaven — as that by which the branch is united to the vine — as the forming power within us, which gives to our persons that by which they are distinguished from others — and by a life entirely governed by the commandments of God, to leave on the duties we are called to perform, the full impress of our real characters.

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