Self-formation: Or, The History of an Individual Mind; Intended as a Guide for the Intellect Through Difficulties to Success, Volume 2

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C. Knight and Company, 1837 - Self-culture
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Page 91 - For nature crescent does not grow alone In thews and bulk, but, as this temple waxes, The inward service of the mind and soul Grows wide withal.
Page 2 - And the bee banquets on through a whole year of flowers ; Where the sun loves to pause, With so fond a delay, That the night only draws A thin veil o'er the day ; Where simply to feel that we breathe, that we live. Is worth the best joy that life elsewhere can give...
Page 203 - And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord ; but the Lord was not in the wind : and after the wind an earthquake ; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire ; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Page 203 - LORD teas not in the fire : and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah...
Page 38 - I resolved that every minute should be occupied by thought, word, or act, or, if none of these, by intention ; vacancy was my only outcast, the scapegoat of my proscription. For this my purpose, I required a certain energy of will, as indeed this same energy is requisite for every other good thing of every sort, and kind ; without it we are as powerless as grubs, noisome as ditch-water, vague, loose, and unpredestinate as the clouds above our heads. However, I had sufficient of this energy to serve...
Page 271 - Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Page 79 - The early-rising man has the same conscious comfort through the day as the prudent, thrifty householder has through life ; he is beforehand with the world, he has laid up something in advance, and that of no ordinary worth, but an inestimable thing, the most precious of all treasures — Time. He takes the day by the forelock ; he drives it, instead of being driven, or rather dragged along by it. Besides, the dispositions of our earlier moments, our briskness or disgust, our dulness or our alacrity,...
Page 185 - The charge of Muscles, Nerves, and of the Brain; Through viewless Conduits Spirits to dispense, The Springs of Motion from the Seat of Sense. 'Twas not the hasty product of a day, But the well ripened fruit of wise delay.
Page 170 - I have before described as exercises for the voice ; — recitation, — the frequent repetition of the same passages, slowly at first, and then more and more quickly up to my highest pitch of rapidity ; the pronunciation of foreign languages, Greek for the sake of fulness of the " os rotundum," and French for that of distinctness and despatch.

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