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Some Thoughts Concerning Education: (Including Of the Conduct of the ...
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Page 34 - I do not doubt but it is, viz. that the difference to be found in the manners and abilities of men is owing more to their education than to any thing else ; we have reason to conclude, that great care is to be had of the forming children's minds, and giving them that seasoning early, which shall influence their lives always after.
Page 61 - I shall only remark this one thing more of it ; that, though it be not the true principle and measure of virtue, (for that is the knowledge of a man's duty, and the satisfaction it is to obey his Maker, in following the dictates of that light God has given him, with the hopes of acceptation and reward...
Page 1 - A SOUND mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world ; he that has these two, has little more to wish for ; and he that wants either of them, will be but little the better for any thing else.
Page 250 - Would not a Chinese, who took notice of this way of breeding, be apt to imagine that all our young gentlemen were designed to be teachers and professors of the dead languages of foreign countries, and not to be men of business in their own?
Page 77 - But till you can find a school, wherein it is possible for the master to look after the manners of his scholars, and can show as great effects of his care of forming their minds to virtue, and their carriage to good breeding, as of forming their tongues to the learned languages ; you must confess, that you have a strange value for words, when, preferring the languages of the ancient Greeks and Romans to that which made them such brave men, you think it worth while to hazard your son's innocence and...
Page 64 - Secondly, another thing got by it will be this, that by repeating the same action, till it be grown habitual in them, the performance will not depend on memory, or reflection, the concomitant of prudence and age, and not of childhood ; but will be natural in them.
Page 34 - As the strength of the body lies chiefly in being able to endure hardships, so also does that of the mind. And the great principle and foundation of all virtue and worth is placed in this, that a man is able to deny himself his own desires, cross his own inclinations, and purely follow what reason directs as best, though the appetite lean the other way.
Page 138 - Fashions, suitable to his Age, which Nature teaches Parents better than I can: When I say, by these Ways of Tenderness and Affection, which Parents never want for their Children, you have also planted in him a particular Affection for you, he is then in the State you could desire, and you have formed in his Mind that true Reverence which is always afterwards carefully to be continued, and maintained in both Parts of it, Love and Fear, as the great Principles whereby you will always have Hold upon...
Page 218 - When I consider, what ado is made about a little Latin and Greek, how many Years are spent in it, and what a Noise and Business it makes to no Purpose, I can hardly forbear thinking that the Parents of Children still live in fear of the School-master's Rod, which they look on as the only Instrument of Education; as a Language or two to be its whole Business.