Moral Education: Its Laws and Methods

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author, 1882 - Moral education - 395 pages

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Page 160 - I would not be misunderstood, but wherever we sympathize with pain it will be found that the sympathy is produced and carried on by subtle combinations with pleasure. We have no knowledge, that is, no general principles drawn from the contemplation of particular facts, but what has been built up by pleasure and exists in us by pleasure alone.
Page 285 - Perpetual peace is a dream, and it is not even a beautiful dream. War is an element in the order of the world ordained by God. In it the noblest virtues of mankind are developed ; courage and the abnegation of self, faithfulness to duty, and the spirit of sacrifice : the soldier gives his life. Without war the world would stagnate, and lose itself in materialism.
Page 155 - What were virtue, love, patriotism, friendship— what were the scenery of this beautiful universe which we inhabit ; what were our consolations on this side of the grave — and what were our aspirations beyond it, if poetry did not ascend to bring light and fire from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, "I will compose poetry.
Page 143 - The less we desire our schools to be ecclesiastical, the more ought they to be Christian. It necessarily follows, that there must be a course of special religious instruction in our Normal Schools. Religion is, in my eyes, the best, perhaps the only, basis of popular education. I know something of Europe, and never have I seen good schools where the spirit of Christian charity was wanting.
Page 199 - We learn not to live, but to dispute; and our education fits us rather for the university than the world. But it is no wonder, if those who make the fashion, suit it to what they have, and not to what their pupils want.
Page 33 - ... rancid grease, that has been laid aside for the purpose of greasing shoes, and even catch May-bugs and devour them ; and it is with the utmost difficulty that these disgusting habits are broken up. An ordinary man might suppose that the task of restoring such poor creatures to decency and good morals was entirely hopeless.
Page 18 - ... achievements in virtue, intelligence, and social well-being ; to do this, and likewise so to educate the leisured classes of the community generally, that they may participate as far as possible in the qualities of these superior spirits, and be prepared to appreciate them, and follow in their steps — these are purposes requiring institutions of education placed above dependence on the immediate pleasure of that very multitude whom they are designed to elevate. These are the ends for which...
Page 199 - Owing to these ingrained habits, work has always been to me what water is to a fish. I have wondered a thousand times to hear people say, ' I don't like this business...
Page 68 - O'er the rabble's laughter ; And, while Hatred's fagots burn, Glimpses through the smoke discern Of the good hereafter. Knowing this, that never yet Share of Truth was vainly set In the world's wide fallow ; After hands shall sow the seed, After hands from hill and mead Reap the harvests yellow.
Page 164 - Experience is daily showing with greater clearness, that there is always a method to be found productive of interest — even of delight ; and it ever turns out that this is the method proved by all other tests to be the right one.

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