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The Education of Mothers of Families, Or the Civilisation of the Human Race ...
Louis Aimé Martin
Sin vista previa disponible - 2017
action amidst animal appears arrive attaches beautiful become believe beneath body Bossuet cause CHAPTER child civilisation complete conscience constitutes crime death delightful desires destroy develope direct divine earth effects error eternity existence eyes fact faculties father feel genius give hand happiness heart heaven human race ideas ignorance immortality infinite infinity influence instinct instruction intellect intelligence interest Italy kings knowledge law of nature learned leave less liberty light live longer manner material matter means mind moral mother object Observe once pass passions perfect period pleasure possess present principles produce raise reason received remains render seek sense sentiment separate society soul speak sublime superior tend things thou thought tion true truth unites universal virtue whole woman women young
Página 263 - Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely...
Página 263 - Alas ! our young affections run to waste, Or water but the desert ; whence arise But weeds of dark luxuriance, tares of haste, Rank at the core, though tempting to the eyes, Flowers whose wild odours breathe but agonies, And trees whose gums are poison ; such the plants Whichspring beneath her steps as Passion flies O'er the world's wilderness, and vainly pants For some celestial fruit forbidden to our wants.
Página 263 - What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unused.
Página 263 - And, because it is deplorable to consider the loss which children make of their time at most schools, employing, or rather casting away, six or seven years in the learning of words only...
Página 269 - Why should a woman dedicate herself to this branch of knowledge ? or why should she be attached to such science ? — Because, by having gained information on these points, she may inspire her son with valuable tastes, which may abide by him through life, and carry him up to all the sublimities of knowledge ; — because she cannot lay the foundation of a great character, if she is absorbed in frivolous amusements, nor inspire her child with noble desires, when a long course of trifling has destroyed...
Página 259 - Tis granted, and no plainer truth appears, Our most important are our earliest years. The mind impressible and soft, with ease Imbibes and copies what she hears and sees, And through life's labyrinth holds fast the clue That education gives her, false or true.
Página 263 - English manner of teaching, involve another and a very different question ; and we will venture to say, that there never was a more complete instance in any country of such extravagant and overacted attachment to any branch of knowledge, as that which obtains in this country wiih regard to classical knowledge.
Página 228 - It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other. He that dies in an earnest pursuit, is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed and bent upon somewhat that is good, doth avert the dolours of death; but, above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is, 'Nunc dimittis...
Página vi - And hang their heads with sorrow : good grows with her In her days every man shall eat in safety Under his own vine what he plants, and sing The merry songs of peace to all his neighbours. God shall be truly known ; and those about her From her shall read the perfect ways of honour, And by those claim their greatness, not by blood.
Página 266 - The system of female education, as it now stands, aims only at embellishing a few years of life, which are in themselves so full of grace and happiness, that they hardly want it ; and then leaves the rest of existence a miserable prey to idle insignificance.