Letters on the Improvement of the Mind: Addressed to a Lady

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C. Whittingham, 1806 - 212 páginas
 

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Página i - Education. / consider a human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties until the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot, and vein that runs through the body of it.
Página 84 - Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him : a new friend is as new wine ; when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
Página 43 - You cannot but dread the forfeiture of such an inheritance as the most insupportable evil ! — Remember then — remember the conditions on which alone it can be obtained. God will not give to vice, to carelessness, or sloth, the prize he has proposed to virtue. You have every help that can animate your endeavours : — You have written laws to direct you — the example of Christ and his disciples to encourage you — the most awakening motives to engage you — and you have, besides, the comfortable...
Página 32 - Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are rich stores of wisdom, from which I wish you to adopt such maxims as may be of infinite use both to your temporal and eternal interest. But detached sentences are a kind of reading not proper to be continued long at a time ; a few of them, well chosen and digested, will do you much more service, than to read half a dozen chapters together. In this respect, they are directly opposite to the historical books, which, if not read in continuation, can hardly be understood,...
Página 86 - If thou hast opened thy mouth against thy friend, fear not, for there may be a reconciliation ; except for upbraiding, or pride, or disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound ; for, for these...
Página 83 - A faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find him. Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright; for as he is, so shall his neighbour (that is, his friend) be also.
Página 49 - Writ declares that true (pure ?) religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widow in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Página 149 - ... your own age, who visit there, fall of course to your share to entertain. But, whilst you exert yourself to make their visit agreeable to them, you must not forget what is due to the elder part of the company, nor, by whispering and laughing apart, give them cause to suspect, what is too often true, that they themselves are the subjects of your mirth. It is so shocking an outrage against society, to talk of, or laugh at any person in his own presence, that one would think it could only be committed...
Página 16 - The first book, GENESIS, contains the most grand, and, to us, the most interesting events that ever happened in the universe : — The creation of the world, and of man : — -The deplorable fall of man, from his first state of excellence and bliss, to the distressed condition in which we see all his descendants continue : — The sentence of death pronounced on Adam, and on all his race ; with the reviving promise of that deliverance which has since been wrought for us by our blessed Saviour : —...
Página 104 - Gentleness, meekness, and patience, are her peculiar distinctions; and an enraged woman is one of the most disgusting sights in nature. It is plain, from experience, that the most passionate people can command themselves, when they have a motive sufficiently strong ; — such as the presence of those they fear, or to whom they particularly desire to recommend themselves : it is, therefore, no excuse to persons, whom you have injured by unkind reproaches and unjust aspersions, to...

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