Mental Hygiene

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Ticknor and Fields, 1863 - Mental health - 338 pages
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Page 91 - My good friend, your remarks are just ; they are, indeed, too true ; but I can no longer resist temptation. If a bottle of brandy stood at one hand, and the pit of hell yawned at the other, and if I were convinced I would be pushed in as sure as I took one glass, I could not refrain...
Page 67 - In a school, or hospital, or other considerable assemblage of people, the purity of the air may be pretty accurately measured by the amount of cheerfulness, activity, and lively interest which pervades it ; and yet so little do people think or care about this subject, that under existing arrangements there are very few who do not every day of their lives inspire more or less highly vitiated air. The listlessness and stupidity of students, and especially of children confined in the school-room, are...
Page 72 - The first is their negligence: "Other men look to their tools, a painter will wash his pencils, a smith will look to his hammer, anvil, forge: an husbandman will mend his ploughirons, and grind his hatchet if it be dull; a falconer or huntsman will have an especial care of his hawks, hounds, horses, dogs, &c.
Page 98 - The ill effects of insufficient sleep may be witnessed on some of the principal organic functions ; but it is the brain and nervous system that suffer chiefly and in the first instance. The consequences of a very protracted vigil are too well known to be mistaken ; but many a person is suffering, unconscious of the cause, from the habit of irregular and insufficient sleep. One of...
Page 98 - I know not what that means,' replied Sancho: 'I only know, that while I am asleep, I have neither fear nor hope, neither trouble nor glory; and, blessings on him who invented sleep, the mantle that covers all human thoughts, the food that appeases hunger, the drink that quenches thirst, the fire that warms cold, the cold that moderates heat, and, lastly, the general coin that purchases all things, the balance and weight that equals the shepherd with the king, and the simple with the wise. One only...
Page 144 - Ray, in treating of day-dreaming, says : " No form of intellectual activity is so common as this. Under all degrees of refinement, ... it is equally obvious, varying only in the objects to which it is applied. ... It begets a distaste for exact knowledge, for that is the fruit of laborious study; it indisposes the mind to habits of continuous thought, and quenches all thirst for intellectual excellence. The pleasures of the imagination are always accessible, and they can be enjoyed with little of...
Page 64 - Ministers talk about the human will as if it stood on a high look-out, with plenty of light,, and elbow-room reaching to the horizon.
Page 231 - England, who know nothing of the march of intellect, who are entirely guiltless of speculations of any kind, contribute far more inmates to the public lunatic asylums than the toil-worn artisans of Manchester or Liverpool, who live in the great eye of the world, and keep step with the march of civilization, even if they do but bring up its rear.
Page 168 - ... lest he should dislocate his neck or dash out his brains. His body partook of the same impulse and was hurried on by like jerks over every obstacle, fallen trunks of trees, or in a church over pews and benches, apparently to the most imminent danger of being bruised and mangled. It was useless to attempt to hold or restrain him. and the paroxysm was permitted gradually to exhaust itself.
Page 261 - ... age of legal majority, the moral nature presents a dead level of heartless worldliness. The instructions of school or college may continue, but less than ever are they applied to the issues of the heart. The family circle is yet unbroken, but its moral influence is gradually enfeebled, because wanting the sanction of authority. The passions become more imperious with every indulgence, each successive temptation is more faintly resisted, and life begins to be contemplated, not as a field of discipline...

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